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What are Coast Guard members called?
Last Post 30 Dec 2011 03:36 PM by dh82a. 13 Replies.
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14 Dec 2011 05:27 PM
    Is there an offical term for coast guard members? Like in the army, army members are called "soldiers". In the Navy they are called "sailors".  In AF "Airmen" and in USMC "Marines".  But I can't seem to find any official label for CG members. In most news articles they are referred to as Coast Guard Members.  On this site a lot of people say "Coastie", but I am guessing that is not the official label?   Is there an Official Label for CG members? Or is it just the same as the Navy (sailor)?
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    14 Dec 2011 05:50 PM
    Coast Guardsmen?
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    14 Dec 2011 06:14 PM
    we are whatever the public decides to call us. This could be curse words or good words. I have been called a coastie a coast guard member andat one point guardian. im not sure that ever stuck but I know i really dont care what they call me as long as im helping someone in the long run. I have been called Petty Officer or even Mr. ***** it just really doesnt matter.
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    14 Dec 2011 07:57 PM
    Coastie is the most common Iv heard from both military and civilian. Guardian is one that gets tossed around sometimes, but Iv yet to hear a Coastie like that one.
    When people aren't being so nice: Navys little sister and puddle pirates.
    When people are ignorant: Navy national guard.
    Always fun reading papers or hearing people talk about the 4 branches of the armed services.
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    14 Dec 2011 08:27 PM
    yes have to love that one.
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    14 Dec 2011 09:14 PM
    So I guess the only official way to refer to CG members is "Coast Guard Members"? there is no official label?
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    14 Dec 2011 09:22 PM
    Coasties, Guardian (personally hate that one), Coast Guardsman, Sailors (if they are a boat person, my ex-husband has never been on a ship, he isn't a sailor), Guardsman (but that almost sounds like a National Guardsman). Coasties are truly the most common.
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    14 Dec 2011 09:23 PM
    Coastie is tried and true.. Most of us old salts go by that.

    There was a recent push to be called Guardians, but that has faded. Admiral Papp uses the term Coast Guardsman. I believe that is still the "official" title, but every one knows us as Coasties.

    A good article can be found here;

    http://ryanerickson.com/putting-the...an-coffin/
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    14 Dec 2011 09:29 PM
    Guardian, Coast Guardsmen, Coastie, puddle pirate, HERO? Depends on who you ask. I'd imagine if one just saved you from the perils of the sea, he/she would be your hero. Ask anyone in the Navy and they'll call 'em puddle pirates. Most family members call them their Coasties.... like me.

    My son just said they changed the Guardian Ethos to the Coast Guardsman's Ethos.
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    15 Dec 2011 03:00 AM
    Didn't they just re-word the Guardian Ethos to the CoastGuardsman Ethos? I actually like the original better. Instead of "I am a Guardian" it's "I am proud to be a Coast Guardsman." It doesn't sound right to me at all.
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    15 Dec 2011 06:02 AM
    Yes they did Flgirl
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    15 Dec 2011 07:29 AM
    What are Coast Guard members called? AWESOME!

    The official title is Coast Guardsman. It has been that way for many, many years (decades).

    Guardians was coined to have people shift from being called Coasties but Coast Guardsman was still the official term. Guardian was a little forced since it came after a movie focused on the CG came out with that name. Plus, the National Guard had been using "Guardians" to describe themselves for quite a few years in their advertising before the CG decided that we wanted to use the name for our service. It was a pretty big flop. So there is no longer an "official unofficial" term for Coast Guardsmen. Coastie, etc. are now back in vogue for the unofficial side.

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    15 Dec 2011 08:21 AM
    +1 Sardaddy
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    30 Dec 2011 03:36 PM
    I've used the term Coastie since I joined in 1954.  Sounds right to me!
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