Careers in the U. S. Coast Guard

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Though the United States Coast Guard is the smallest of the U.S. armed forces, it serves an important role in keeping the country secure. The 50,000 members of the Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Reserve are responsible for protecting the public, the environment, and the nation's interests in maritime regions. Careers in the U.S. Coast Guard talks about the many ways in which these men and women serve

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Overview

Though the United States Coast Guard is the smallest of the U.S. armed forces, it serves an important role in keeping the country secure. The 50,000 members of the Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Reserve are responsible for protecting the public, the environment, and the nation's interests in maritime regions. Careers in the U.S. Coast Guard talks about the many ways in which these men and women serve

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Gr 7–9—These titles introduce the history of, life in, and mission of three of our military branches. The first book describes the various types of aircraft used in the USAF, e.g., transports, fighters, bombers, etc. Army discusses the many branches in which one may serve and Coast Guard describes the purpose of each kind of vessel used. Weapons are mentioned, but are not the focus of the texts. All three titles outline the many areas in which men and women may pursue a career. Students who read more than one title will discover verbatim duplication in sections on enlistment qualifications, the Montgomery GI Bill, and benefits. Illustrations vary from half- to full-page color photography, and they are not always associated with the accompanying text. Special features include brief histories of women serving in the specific branch, short biographies, lists of rank insignias, and service-specific features. The information is current and accurate, and will be useful to young people considering a military career. Give these titles serious consideration unless the collection already contains "The U.S. Armed Forces and Military Careers" series (Enslow), which covers similar ground.—Eldon Younce, formerly at Harper Elementary School, KS
Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
The United States Coast Guard is an important branch of the American armed services. Serving primarily as a commercial security and safety force, the Coast Guard has a long and storied history. Coast Guard members perform a variety of important duties. The U.S. Coast Guard is responsible for sea-based rescues in time of need. Coast Guard vessels patrol coastal waterways in an attempt to interdict the importation of illegal drugs. The Coast Guard plays an important role in sea-based border patrol and assists in the arrest of illegal aliens. Subsequent to 9/11, Coast Guard members have also played an important homeland security function. In this volume of the illustrated "Military Service" series youngsters are provided an overview of what life in the Coast Guard could be like. A particular emphasis is placed on including a wide range of aspects of career service in this branch of the armed forces. Issues such as promotion, basic training, access to college, and potential military occupations all are presented in a concise manner. A small section on women in the Coast Guard is also included. Additional reference and communication access portals are included for future investigation. Taken as a whole, this book serves as a form of recruitment flyer for youngsters with an interest in military service. While portions of the book are redundant when compared to other titles in the series, this work will provide some introductory information to a potential recruit or a reader with an interest in military matters. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761442073
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Military Service Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Guarding Our Nation's Shores and Seas 6

One The Coast Guard's Mission 12

Two Choosing a Career 32

Three Coast Guard Service 44

Four Enlistment and Training 54

Five Salary and Benefits 70

Acronym Glossary 75

Further Information 76

Index 77

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