U.S. COAST GUARD
Characteristics of Active Component Enlisted Force
At the end of FY 2004, the enlisted end-strength of the USCG stood at 31,318, up from 30,948 in FY 2003. The FY 2004 Coast Guard enlisted force was 89 percent male and 11 percent female. Relative to the overall DoD, proportionally the Coast Guard has more male enlisted members (85 and 89 percent, respectively).
Race and Ethnicity. The distribution of race/ethnicity by gender for FY 2004 USCG and overall DoD Active Component enlisted members along with the applicable civilian comparison group is shown in Table 7.3. Relative to the comparable civilian population, the USCG enlisted force was slightly less likely to be White (80 and 79 percent, respectively) and less likely to be Black (13 and 6 percent, respectively) or Hispanic (16 and 9 percent, respectively). Furthermore, compared to the overall DoD enlisted force, members of the USCG are more likely to be White and less likely to be Black (6 percent Black in the USCG vs. 21 percent Black in the DoD). Also, while DoD’s Asian/Pacific Islander population more resembles the percentage in the civilian comparison group (4 and 5 percent respectively), the Coast Guard Asian/Pacific Islanders are under-represented at 0 percent. A slightly greater proportion of the USCG enlisted force identified themselves as belonging to two or more races than the civilian comparison group (3.2 and 1.6 percent respectively).