Serving the United States Armed Forces is certainly an honor. No wonder many veterans search for ways to express their pride during their retirement when they no longer wear their uniforms.
A perfect way to achieve that is to wear patriotic apparel, like the U.S. Coast Guard jacket we stock in our online store. Having it, you will be able to let everyone know about your past service wherever you are and whatever you do. As a result, people may feel more respect and appreciation for your devotion to our country’s safety. It is also often a great conversation starter, creating an opportunity for you to explain the importance of the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Origins of the U.S. Coast Guard
The origins of the U.S. Coast Guard reach the small fleet of vessels managed by the United States Department of the Treasury in the 1790s. They were supposed to enforce tariffs which constituted a crucial source of income for the new nation.
Alexander Hamilton, the Secretary of the Treasury, lobbied Congress to pay for constructing ten new cutters, and it happened on August 4, 1790. Nowadays, this day is celebrated by the U.S. Coast Guard as the official anniversary of its emergence.
Before the Navy was re-established in 1798, such “revenue cutters” served as the only naval power of the early United States. It often happened that the cutters and their crews accepted additional tasks, such as saving mariners in distress, fighting pirates, ferrying government officials, and even shipping mail.
In the beginning, it was not an organized federal institution but just a “group of cutters,” so every ship worked under the direction of the customs officials of its assigned port. As time went by and the service was starting to be more organized, it received a few names, such as “Revenue-Marine.”
Finally, it was officially named the United States Revenue Cutter Service. Apart from its usual customs duties and law enforcement, they fought together with the Navy in many armed conflicts, such as the American Civil War.
The Missions of the U.S. Coast Guard
As the law states, the U.S. Coast Guard has eleven statutory missions. They are divided into homeland and non-homeland security missions.
Homeland security missions:
Maritime law enforcement
PWCS (ports, waterways, and coastal security)
Non-homeland security missions
Search and rescue
Help in navigation
Marine environmental protection
Ice missions, including the International Ice Patrol
Living marine resources (fisheries law enforcement)
The Coast Guard is often appreciated for its fast responsiveness and flexibility in a wide range of emergencies. It is undoubtedly associated with their decentralized organization and the size of responsibility placed on even the most junior forces.
Our Selection of U.S. Coast Guard Jackets
In our online store, you can find a wide range of products allowing you to emphasize your particular contribution to the United States Armed Forces. You can purchase, for example, a U.S. Coast Guard jacket for an Aviation Electronics Technician, Electrician’s Mate, Dental Technician, Intelligence Specialist, or Chief Warrant Officer, to name but a few. We appreciate both men and women serving our country, so the jackets are usually available in either a male or female version.
Thanks to our patriotic apparel, you will be able to stay warm even in colder weather, and at the same time, display your pride in being a veteran. They are all produced from durable materials that will provide you comfort for a long time. Take a look at our U.S. Coast Guard jackets!