Eligibility

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association (CPOA)

Regular Member – Any Active Duty, Reserve or Retired person who has successfully held the rank of Chief Petty Officer in the United States Coast Guard is eligible. The date of advancement or frocking shall serve as the effective eligibility date.

Associate Member – Any Active Duty, Reserve or Retired person who has successfully held the rank of E-7 in any of the other United States Armed Forces is eligible. Associate members are not eligible to hold any elective office.

Honorary Member – Persons not eligible for membership, who have rendered distinguished service to the Association, may be awarded an honorary membership. Honorary members are not eligible to hold any elective office, vote, or pay membership dues.

Silver Lifetime Member – Any Regular or Associate Member may purchase a Silver Lifetime membership, which entitles the Member to lifetime membership in the Association with no further annual dues required. Members purchasing a Silver Lifetime Membership will not be authorized a return of their funds for any reason.

Gold Lifetime Member – Any Regular Member (E-7, E-8, or E-9) who has rendered distinguished and tangible service in an exemplary and outstanding manner as to promote and advance the welfare of fellow members, their dependents, their Community or Country, may be awarded a Gold Lifetime Membership. Gold Lifetime Members shall not be assessed dues.

Coast Guard Enlisted Association (CGEA)

Regular Member – Any Active Duty, Reserve, Retired or Honorably Discharged person, E-6 and below (including Commissioned and WO’s) who has served in the United States Coast Guard is eligible.

Associate Member – Any Active Duty, Reserve, Retired or Honorably Discharged person, E-6 and below (including Commissioned and WO’s) who served in any of the other United States Armed Forces is eligible. Associate members are not eligible to hold any elective office.

Silver Lifetime Member – Any Regular or Associate Member may purchase a Silver Lifetime membership, which entitles the Member to lifetime membership in the Association with no further annual dues required. Members purchasing a Silver Lifetime Membership will not be authorized a return of their funds for any reason.

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The United States Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association is unique among service organizations in that it was created by the Chiefs, of the Chiefs, and for the Chiefs of the United States Coast Guard.

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