By Tim Kowols
You do not have to travel far in Door County to be inspired by the presence of the United States Coast Guard. Sturgeon Bay is home to a small boat station and a marine safety detachment, while Washington Island has a Coast Guard outpost as well. Becoming a member of the Coast Guard is not unlike joining any other branch of the military depending on your qualifications and some recruits may even attend its academy in New London, Conn. First Class Petty Officer Andrew Michaels has been a member of the Coast Guard for 14 years with almost half of that time in Sturgeon Bay. Whether it has been on the Cutter Mobile Bay or at the Station Sturgeon Bay, Michaels says the Coast Guard offers a great learning platform.
According to the Coast Guard, all active duty enlisted members start out making approximately $20,000 annually but could have their college paid for and earn more depending on their status. This is part of a continuing series on area career opportunities.