How to Apply to NBSAC
The Coast Guard advertises for applications at the beginning of every calendar year by publishing a vacancy announcement in the Federal Register and posting a notice on our website. The vacancy announcement will contain specific instructions on how to submit an application and the closing date for the application period. In general, a cover letter expressing interest in an appointment to NBSAC along with a resume detailing the applicants' boating experience is sufficient for consideration. After the applications are submitted, they are reviewed for eligibility, and qualified candidates are considered for appointment. All applicants will receive a letter confirming receipt of their application, and will be notified when the appointments are made.
NBSAC consists of 21 members, but only seven appointments are made in any calendar year. Because those seven available appointments are distributed across three membership categories, and some current NBSAC members may be reappointed, the availability of new appointments in any one year is limited. The Coast Guard maintains applications on file for three years, and strongly encourages unsuccessful applicants to reapply in the following year.