United States Coast Guard Recruit Study Guide

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This is a brief study guide for future Coast Guardsmen based on The Helmsman brochure. It covers the mission, ethos, creed, General Orders, Core Values, Chain of Command, Nautical Vocabulary and Rates and Ranks.

Mission, Ethos and Creed

Question Answer
Define the mission of the Coast Guard.The US Coast Guard’s mission is to protect the public, the environment, and U.S. economic interests – in the nation’s ports and waterways, along the coast, on international waters, or in any maritime region as required to support national security.
Recite the Creed of the United States Coast Guardsman.I am proud to be a United States Coast Guardsman. I revere that long line of expert seamen who by their devotion to duty and sacrifice of self have made it possible for me to be a member of a service honored and respected, in peace and in war, throughout the world. I never, by work or deed, will bring reproach upon the fair name of my service, nor permit others to do so unchallenged. I will cheerfully and willingly obey all lawful orders. I will always be on time to relieve, and shall endeavor to do more, rather than less, than my share. I will always be at my station, alert and attending to my duties. I shall, so far as I am able, bring to my seniors solutions, not problems. I shall live joyously, but always with due regard for the rights and privileges of others. I shall endeavor to be a model citizen in the community in which I live. I shall sell life dearly to an enemy of my country, but give it freely to rescue those in peril. With God’s help, I shall endeavor to be one of His noblest Works...A UNITED STATES COAST GUARDSMAN.
Recite the United States Coast Guard EthosI am a Coast Guardsman. I serve the people of the United States. I will protect them. I will defend them. I will save them. I am their Shield. For them I am Semper Paratus. I live the Coast Guard Core Values. I am proud to be a Coast Guardsman. We are the United States Coast Guard.

11 General Orders

Question Answer
Recite General Order #1.To take charge of this post and all government property in view.
Recite General Order #2.To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert, and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.
Recite General Order #3.To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.
Recite General Order #4.To repeat all calls from posts more distant from the guard house than my own.
Recite General Order #5.To quit my post only when properly relieved
Recite General Order #6.To receive, obey, and pass onto the sentry who relieves me all orders from the commanding officer, field officer of the day, officer of the day, and officers and petty officers of the watch.
Recite General Order #7.To talk to no one except in the line of duty.
Recite General Order #8.To give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.
Recite General Order #9.To call the petty officer of the watch in any case not covered by instructions.
Recite General Order #10.To salute all officers and all colors and standards not cased.
Recite General Order #11.To be especially watchful at night, and during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post, and allow no one to pass without proper authority.

Coast Guard Core Values

Question Answer
Define HonorIntegrity is our standard. We demonstrate uncompromising ethical conduct and moral behavior in all of our personal actions. We are loyal and accountable to the public trust.
Define RespectWe value our diverse work force. We treat each other with fairness, dignity, and compassion. We encourage individual opportunity and growth. We encourage creativity through empowerment. We work as a team.
Define Devotion to DutyWe are professionals, military and civilian, who seek responsibility, accept accountability, and are committed to the successful achievement of our organizational goals. We exist to serve. We serve with pride.

TRANCEN Cape May Chain of Command (as of 24 Jan 2014)

Question Answer
Commander-in-ChiefBarack Obama
Secretary of Homeland SecurityJeh Johnson
Coast Guard CommandantAdmiral Robert Papp
Force Readiness CommandRear Admiral Scott A. Buschman
Commanding Officer (CO)Captain G. Todd Prestidge
Executive Officer (XO)Commander Owen L. Gibbons
Training Officer (TO)Commander Matthew Smith
Regimental Officer (RO)Lieutenant Commander Scott Rae
Battalion Officer (BO)Lieutenant Maria Stiefel
Battalion Commander (RO)HSCM Robert Berry

Nautical Terminology

Question Answer
Aye Aye, Sir/Ma’amI understand your order and will comply
BarracksA building where military personnel live.
Belay(1) To make fast or secure a line. (2) To cancel an order. (3) To cease
BelowBeneath the deck (downstairs).
BulkheadA partition or “wall” on a vessel.
CabinThe Commanding Officer’s living quarters.
CompartmentEnclosed spaces or “rooms” on a vessel.
DeckThe “floor” of a vessel.
Eyes in the boatLook straight ahead at position of attention.
ForwardTowards the bow (pronounced “forrard”).
GalleyThe cooking compartment or “kitchen” on a vessel.
HatchA square or rectangular opening in a deck.
HeadThe compartment with toilet facilities; bathroom.
HeadingThe direction a ship points at any given moment.
InboardToward the ship’s center line.
LadderSteps from one deck to another.
Mess deckThe compartment where enlisted personnel eat.
MusterAssembly of the crew for accountability.
OODOfficer Of the Day/Deck. An officer who is in charge of a vessel or station for the day or watch.
OutboardOut, away from the ship’s center line.
OverheadThe ceiling on a vessel/compartment.
PassagewayCompartment designed for traffic, a “hallway.”
Performance TrackerRecruit progress documentation slip
PortThe left side of a vessel when looking forward.
QuarterdeckAn area designated by the Commanding Officer to serve for official and ceremonial functions
RackA sailor’s bed.
Scuttlebutt(1) A drinking fountain. (2) A rumor.
SecureLock up, finish up.
StarboardThe right side of a vessel when looking forward.
SwabTo mop. The mop itself.
UnderwayWhen a vessel is not tied to a pier or at anchor.

Enlisted Rates and Insignia

Question Answer
E1 - Seaman Recruit (SR)
E-2 - Seaman Apprentice (SA), Fireman Apprentice (FA), Airman Apprentice (AA)
E-3 - Seaman (SN), Fireman (FN), Airman (AN)
E4 - Petty Officer Third Class (PO3)
E5 - Petty Officer Second Class (PO2)
E6 - Petty Officer First Class (PO1)
E7 - Chief Petty Officer (CPO)
E8 - Senior Chief Petty Officer (SCPO)
E9 - Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO)
E9 - Command Master Chief Petty Officer (CMC)
E9 - Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Force (MCPO-CGRF)
E9 - Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (MCPOCG)

Warrant Officer Ranks and Insignia

Question Answer
W2 - Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CWO2)
W3 - Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CWO3)
W4 - Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CWO4)

Officer Ranks and Insignia

Question Answer
O1 - Ensign (ENS)
O2 - Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG)
O3 - Lieutenant (LT)
O4 - Lieutenant Commander (LCDR)
O5 - Commander (CDR)
O6 - Captain (CAPT)
O7 - Rear Admiral (Lower Half) (RDML)
O8 - Rear Admiral (RDAM)
O9 - Vice Admiral (VADM)
O10 - Admiral (ADM)