There is no real difference in the "Active Duty" title of Navy or Coast Guard. We are both an active duty force with the same pay, benefits, etc. Where we differ are our missions.
I would definitely speak wit a recruiter soon about all your options, Reserve, Active Duty, Officer, etc.
These poor, plain men, dwellers upon the lonely sands of Hatteras, took their lives in their hands, and, at the most imminent risk crossed the most tumultuous sea…and all for what? That others might live to see home and friends. — Annual Report of the U.S. Life- Saving Service, 1885 Recruiting Website Read here for answers to the most often asked questions about joining the Coast Guard!