Known to many, the United States Coast Guard is one of our nation’s five military services. They serve to defend and preserve the shorelines of the United States. The USCG protects the personal safety and security of the American people, the marine transportation system and infrastructure, natural and economic resources and the territorial integrity of our nation-from both domestic and foreign threats, natural and manmade.
The United States Coast Guard Reserve, on the other hand, is the reserve military force of the Coast Guard. Founded on 19 February 1941, the reservists normally drill two days a month and an additional twelve days of active duty each year. They possess the same training and qualifications as their active duty counterparts.
The multi-mission military service offers a unique blend of military, law enforcement, humanitarian, regulatory, and diplomatic capabilities.
The Nation’s primary maritime law enforcement service covers three broad roles: maritime safety, maritime security and maritime stewardship.
Maritime security. Since 1790, the USCG has been the “law of the sea.” Maritime security requires a wide range of experience and skills. They use a broad law enforcement power with prudence and restraint mainly important in suppressing violations of drug, immigration and fisheries laws, as well as to secure our nation from terrorist threats.
Maritime safety. The USCG provides the world’s fastest and most effective response to distress calls. They USCG men and women are carefully trained and tested so that when the alarm sounds, they are at their best.
Maritime stewardship. Being part of the USCG doesn’t mean that you are just protecting coastlines and borders but also responsible in protecting valuable natural marine resources as well as private and commercial waterways.
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