U.S. COAST GUARD
Age. In general, USCG Reserve enlisted members tended to be older than the DoD comparison group. Thirty percent of USCG Reserve enlisted members were 40 years of age or older, while only 24 percent of the DoD Reserve comparison group fell into this category, but 52 percent of the civilian comparison group was 40 or older (Table 7.16). This can be explained, in part, by the proportion of prior service individuals in each Service. The Coast Guard Reserve relies more on prior service recruits to fill its enlisted ranks than the overall DoD Reserve Components (87 and 56 percent prior service accessions in FY 2004, respectively). Therefore, members of the USCG enlisted force joined the Coast Guard Reserve at an older age, on average, than those joining the overall DoD Reserve Components.