Posted on May 19, 2015
CH (CPT) William Beaver
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What is the toughest job in the United States Coast Guard? Why?
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MAJ Public Affairs Specialist
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I'm not C.G but I figure it is probably.....

Publically admitting that you are in the Coast Guard?
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As a Coastie, this was funny to me. I think it was dripping with sarcasm. Lets keep our pants on fellas. This is something we have issues with, we are SUPER defensive. Duffelblog posts about the the services when they FINALLY do an article on us we freaking cry. Lighten up, we get plenty of respect from others.
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CPT (Join to see) Thanks for the defense. I did not realize that we were allowed to poke fun at all branches but the CG.

I make fun of the Army more than any other branch, well, except for the Navy, but most of the time, that is just to easy.
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Sharon Gootman
Sharon Gootman
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Hahaha - love it!!
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Antoine Harris
Antoine Harris
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Who protects the navy in port??
The coast guard has 11 missions
Port & Waterway Security
Drug Interdiction
Aids to Navigation
Search & Rescue
Living Marine Resources
Marine Safety
Defense Readiness
Migrant Interdiction
Marine Environmental Protection
Ice Operations
Law Enforcement
That’s more than all other branches maybe put together!
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LTJG Robert M.
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9 years of shipboard duty, 7 hurricanes, 2 North Atlantic gales (perfect storm weather), four years in Gulf of Alaska. Hairiest part was SAR, always was in worst possible weather. when other ships/fishing boats/commercial crabbers were ducking into port to avoid weather, we were headed out to rescue the stragglers.
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SFC Mark Merino
SFC Mark Merino
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LTJG Robert M. My point exactly. You all rock!
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LCDR Rabbah Rona Matlow
LCDR Rabbah Rona Matlow
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Having watched CG Alaska and PNW, I have to agree with you. Going on rescues vicariously from my living room is hairy, I can't imagine how hard it must be being the AST on the hook, or being the Surfman on a small boat crossing the Columbia River Bar...
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SFC Mark Merino
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I'm glad you asked this question. The Coast Guard is almost a mystery. They save drowning victims, inspect vessels, intervene drug smuggling, but they do need to step up their advertising and PR image. They catch the brunt of jokes within the military community, but some of their vessels look like they would inflict SERIOUS pain! They have neat aviation toys as well. The guys that dive into arctic waters knowing they only have moments to say alive themselves? Forget about it!!! I wish we had more active members on RallyPoint. The 3 that are well known to us are among the best people I have ever interacted with on here. I'd actively recruit them to join, but everybody knows how busy the Coasties are in the desert of Arizona.
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SN Bryan King
SN Bryan King
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If not for the Coast Guard, the navy never leaves port.
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MCPO Roger Collins
MCPO Roger Collins
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SN Bryan King - So you folks run the tugs too?
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SN Bryan King
SN Bryan King
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ATON, MCPO Roger Collins.
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SN Bryan King
SN Bryan King
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Yes, we do. Kinda like navy divers who could not dive in Washington over 30 years ago because there equipment was freezing up, but Army diver came threw.
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