US Coast Guard

The men and women of the United States Coast Guard are the true “Guardians” of our nation. The United States Coast Guard was established with pride from those in our countries history, who were willing to risk their lives to save others. Today’s Guardsman protect our ports, water ways, coast, fisheries, wild life habitats, environment, interstate waters and often save our lives at the risk of their own. The average Law Enforcement Coast Guardsman possesses more jurisdictional authority than any other governmental agency on the US waters These unsung heroes have been doing the right thing at the right time since August 4th, 1790. They were the first naval forces to protect the United States during many of our coutries early conflicts. The Coast Guard has really come into the publics eye in the past years with the securing of the ports in New York after 9-11, Hurricane Katrina & Rita, rescuing of those on flight 1549 out of the Hudson River, numerous large drug intridictions, being the first to respond to the Haitian disaster, the BP oil spill, willingness to respond to the flooding in Japan, and many other current events.

Joining the US Coast Guard is the beginning of a great military journey. The caliber of individuals joining the Coast Guard today (after 9-11) is of the very highest caliber. The Coast Guard has always required a bit more professionalism and education from its pool of recruits. They have to achieve a minimum ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test, also known as the AFQT or Armed Forces Qualification Test) score of 40 points or more. This is the highest of all the US military branches. Less than 5% of Coast Guard recruits are allowed to enlist with a GED (General Education Development), but they must also have an ASVAB sore of 50 points or greater with a GED. Those entering into the Coast Guard are given more responsibilities at the lower ranks than many of the other services. A Coastie, fairly young (19-23) and low ranking (E-4 to E-5) Coasties can be in charge of multi-million dollar platforms (vessels or boats) on the US water. Coast Guardsman may be asked to make serious life and/or death decisions as they enforce numerous federal laws and regulations, as those laws may pertain to specific areas around the country. Protecting our coast lines and saving lives in the process.

Today’s Coast Guardsman are the very best trained individuals we have to offer our country. The Coast Guard can be very picky as to who it enlists in its ranks. Today’s Coast Guard Recruiters can and do turn away a great number of enlisted applicants, because of low ASVAB scores, spotty legal issues, and the raw number of needed personnel in the Coast Guard is lower. Not many people think of the Coast Guard as a vital branch of our military defenses, because if they do their jobs right we never hear about them. Those turned away from the Coast Guard can join the Navy if they want to stay with the naval traditions. Sometimes the Navy is a better choice for individuals depending on what they really want to do in life. The mission of the Coast Guard is ever changing to fit the needs of the United States, natural disasters, emmigration, and the drug war. Making the choice to join the Coast Guard, as a military move, has any favorable advantages for you. If you have any college credits be sure to let the recruiter know, just in case you have enough to pick up E-2 after boot camp. They need smart, mature, and highly motivated individuals to fill their ranks. Honor in yourself and what you do, Courage to do the right things at the right time for the right reasons, and your Commitment to Duty will carry you a long way in fulfilling the “Semper Paratus” (Always Ready) mind set of the United States Coast Guard. If you decide to join the Coast Guard you will be entering into a close knit “family” that is rich in the naval traditions of the this great nation. Many will expect more from you, because you hold the title of the US Coast Guard. One of the greatest mantras of the Coast Guard is, “So that other may live!” The mission of the US Coast Guard is an great way of life.