I’ve seen a lot in the news recently about the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Most people think the Coast Guard is basically a search and rescue group for stranded boats. But it’s way more than that. Often forgotten as one of our nation’s five military branches, the Coast Guard does a TON for our country! Here’s how the USCG describes itself:
Semper Paratus – Always Ready.
That is your Coast Guard motto.
The Coast Guard is one of our nation’s five military services. We exist to defend and preserve the United States. We protect the personal safety and security of our people; the marine transportation system and infrastructure; our natural and economic resources; and the territorial integrity of our nation–from both internal and external threats, natural and man-made. We protect these interests in U.S. ports and inland waterways, along the coasts, on international waters.
We are a military, multi-mission, maritime force offering a unique blend of military, law enforcement, humanitarian, regulatory, and diplomatic capabilities. These capabilities underpin our three broad roles: maritime safety, maritime security, and maritime stewardship. There are 11 missions that are interwoven within these roles.
I think it’s just as important for our children to know about the different military branches as it is to know about other community contributors (firefighters, police, etc.).