As of June 2013, non-officer enlistees for the Philippine Coast Guard can be up to 26 years old. There are also additional requirements. Males be at least 5 feet, 4 inches tall and females at least 5 feet, 2 inches tall. Everyone must hold at least a baccalaureate degree or be enrolled in college classes, and maritime classes are suggested. Applicants also must be single, natural-born Filipinos with proper identification.
Enlistees go through an initial screening process with medical screens, proper identification and transcripts before taking the entrance examination. Those who pass the exam go through further steps to become members of the Philippine Coast Guard.
As of 2014, the goal of the military unit is to have 25,000 personnel by 2020 thanks to local recruiting efforts. Part of that goal revolves around the establishment of the Philippine Coast Guard Academy, a move that started in 2009 with increased recruitment efforts.
The Philippine Coast Guard began in 1901 using 15 steamships to inspect lighthouses, transport officers and prevent illegal entry into the country. The Philippine Coast Guard split from the Philippine Navy in 1998 and became its own separate unit. As of 2009, the Philippine Coast Guard's mission ensures the safety of merchant vessels along the Philippines' coastline.