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Overview of the United States Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard is one of the five armed forces of the United States and the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security. Since 1790 the Coast Guard has safeguarded our Nation's maritime interests and environment around the world. The Coast Guard is an adaptable, responsive military force of maritime professionals whose broad legal authorities, capable assets, geographic diversity and expansive partnerships provide a persistent presence along our rivers, in the ports, littoral regions and on the high seas. Coast Guard presence and impact is local, regional, national and international. These attributes make the Coast Guard a unique instrument of maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship.

Publications

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Coast Guard Ethos
Download PDF Coast Guard Snapshot (updated March 2013) Pub1 Page
Publication 1 - Doctrine for the U.S. Coast Guard (February 2014)
USCG Budget in Brief
USCG Budget in Brief
(February 2015)
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Last Modified 2/2/2015