20 stupid questions about the Coast Guard
It’s common for the four major military branches — the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Army — to work together, but seldom do we share missions with the Coast Guard.
But it wasn’t always this way. While the Coast Guard falls under the Department of Homeland Security, there have been instances when it fell under the Department of Defense. In actuality, the U.S. Coast Guard gets passed around a lot. In addition to the DoD, it has also fallen under the Department of Treasury, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of the Interior.
So, it isn’t hard to imagine why some service members get confused when it comes to the Coast Guard. For this episode of the Mandatory Fun podcast, we invited fellow coastie and We Are The Mighty contributor Mary-Elizabeth Pratt to answer questions about the Coast Guard we’ve always wanted answers to but were too afraid to ask for fear of looking stupid.
- Blake Stilwell: Air Force veteran and Senior Contributor
- Tim Kirkpatrick: Navy veteran and Editorial Coordinator
- Orvelin Valle (AKA O.V.): Navy veteran and Podcast Producer
- Mary-Elizabeth Pratt: Coast Guard service member and historian
Mary-Elizabeth Pratt is a DC-based freelance writer and non-profit employee. She combines her degrees in English and Military History with her experience as a Coast Guard Maritime Enforcement Specialist to teach others about the importance of the military’s smallest branch. Currently working with the Fisher House Foundation in operations, Mary-Elizabeth has spent time with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, and several small museums as a civilian.
Selected links and show notes from the episode:
- The complete hater’s guide to the U.S. Coast Guard
- [02:03] What is Coast Guard basic training like?
- [05:03] What was it like to work on a major movie about the U.S. Coast Guard?
- [06:25] Which movie do coasties embrace the most, The Finest Hours or The Guardian?
- [08:45] Why did you want to write the hater’s guide to the Coast Guard?
- [09:55] Why do people picture the TSA instead of the Coast Guard whenever the Department of Homeland Security is mentioned?
- [11:00] Are coasties subject to the UCMJ or something else?
- [12:45] Do all the coasties go on drug busts?
- [14:55] What’s the quickest way to get a rise out of a coastie?
- [16:00] Why is Sinbad the dog so beloved by Coast Guard?
- [17:38] Why should anyone hate the Coast Guard?
- [19:50] What does maritime law enforcement consist of?
- [20:00] What’s a B.U.I., is that like driving under the influence (D.U.I.)?
- [20:23] What are some of the worst and best Coast Guard duty stations?
- [23:00] What do coasties hate being called more: puddle pirates or shallow water sailors?
- [23:55] Is it harder to get into the Coast Guard than it is to the main military service branches?
- [24:50] Why should we love the Coast Guard?
- [26:00] What are the differences and similarities between the Navy and the Coast Guard?
- [28:45] What’s it like to be around members of the other service branches?
- [32:00] What are some popular coastie hangout spots?
- [33:05] What’s a Coast Guard deployment like?
Music licensing by Jingle Punks:
- Goal Line
- Heavy Drivers
This is how Hanoi reacted to the epic Ken Burns 'Vietnam War' documentary series
Ken Burns' "Vietnam War" was released to relatively little noise in Vietnam. Here's a look at what audiences there had to say.
7 epic songs that prove 'Call of Duty' knows how to lay down tracks
Video game music has improved a lot since 8-bit days. A lot.
The Army is looking for ways to keep generals from misbehaving
Struggling with behavior problems among senior officers, the Army is putting together new mental health, counseling, and career management programs.
These are the heroics that earned this EOD Petty Officer a Silver Star
Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Bill Moran, recognized EOD 1st Class Thomas for his conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy.
This why the national anthem is played before sporting events
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson ordered that the "The Star-Spangled Banner" be played at all military ceremonies and other various occasions.
The Navy wants this drone to extend its fighter range beyond 1k miles
The Navy is exploring how to use unmanned aircraft to extend the range of fighter jets by 1,000 miles. The concept, at this time, is called the MQ-25 Stingray.
How the Pentagon plans to spend $700M to drop drones
ISIS has been using drones to drop bombs on Iraq Security Forces, and the Department of Defense is looking for a better defense against them.
The third Invictus Games just kicked off in Toronto — and it's awesome
Competitors, celebrities, royalty, and spectators came together Sept. 23 to kick off the 2017 Invictus Games at the sold-out Air Canada Centre.
This was one of the world’s first swing-wing fighters
The Flogger was a ground-breaking plane for the Soviet Union.
THE MIGHTY SURVEY GIVE-AWAY
We want to hear your thoughts. Complete our survey for a chance to win 1 of 5 gaming consoles