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United States Coast Guard


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The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the country's seven uniformed services. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the U.S. military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission and a federal regulatory agency mission as part of its mission set. It operates under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during peacetime, and can be transferred to the U.S. Department of the Navy by the U.S. President at any time, or by the U.S. Congress during times of war. This has happened twice, in 1917, during World War I, and in 1941, during World War II.
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  • Role 

  • Missions 

  • Non-homeland security missions 

  • Homeland security missions 

  • Search and rescue 

  • National Response Center 

  • Authority as an armed service 

  • Authority as a law enforcement agency 

  • A typical day 

  • History 

  • Organization 

  • Shore establishments 

  • Commissioned officers 

  • Enlisted personnel 

  • Officer training 

  • Recruit training 

  • Service schools 

  • Civilian personnel 

  • Cutters 

  • Boats 

  • Aircraft 

  • Naval guns 

  • Small arms and light weapons 

  • Creed of the United States Coast Guardsman 

  • Coast Guard Ensign 

  • Service Mark ("Racing Stripe") 

  • Service uniforms 

  • Dress uniforms 

  • Working uniforms 

  • Special uniform situations 

  • Coast Guard Reserve 

  • Women in the Coast Guard 

  • Coast Guard Auxiliary 

  • Deployable Operations Group 

  • Medals and honors 

  • Notable Coast Guardsmen 

  • Coast Guard Aviation Association 

  • In popular culture 

  • In film 

  • On television 

  • U.S. Coast Guard 

  • Related agencies