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Coast Guard Pea Coat?
Last Post 07 Sep 2018 07:41 PM by CPORJM. 18 Replies.
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14 Dec 2013 10:24 AM
    I know the Coast Guard did away with issuing USN Pea Coats when they transitioned to their own uniforms, different from the Navy's.  I was reading about Coast Guard uniforms, and I found that there is a Coast Guard Reefer, which is no longer available for purchase, but can be worn if still in serviceable condition.

    If, hypothetically, one were able to get one of these, are they for Senior NCOs and above, like the Bridge Coat, or could an E1-6 wear one while in uniform?
    I love the USN Pea Coat I have, which a friend got for me through the exchange, and I'm wondering if it would be possible to get a USCG approved version.

    This is, of course, a question about uniforms after basic training. I'm sure you can wear what they tell you to wear and nothing else while in recruit training at TRACEN Cape May.

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    14 Dec 2013 11:19 AM
    My ex-husband has been active duty nearly 30 years, I dint think I've ever seen anyone wear that style of coat in the CG?
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    14 Dec 2013 11:29 AM
    I've never seen the bridge or the reefer in my 15 yrs. We mostly wear ODU's now unless something is going on. I do like the looks of both costs though.
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    15 Dec 2013 09:02 AM
    if you were to manage to get a hold of a reefer coat then you would be able to wear it as long as it were serviceable. they are nothing like a usn pea coat. I have two of them. wore it quite a bit with trops and winter dress while I was stationed in ak.
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    16 Dec 2013 06:02 AM
    I just purchased a brand new CG Reefer via Ebay from a surplus place. I'll have to change the buttons to use it for Aux. However, it will be perfect for the occasional weather in this area when I shouldn't be wearing ODUs. And the kicker is the price was $35. They had at least one more, and I've seen others available prices $25-100.

    No, I don't get a cut from the sales...
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    16 Dec 2013 06:53 AM
    If you got a cut from the sales I would think you would have posted the link.... You can post the link.
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    16 Dec 2013 08:36 AM
    I have one in excellent condition. It's the sharpest looking coat we have.
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    16 Dec 2013 09:30 AM
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/REEFER-Over...1e84836b8c

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Reefer-Over...4aa7e4e98a

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mans-Overco...485d940a93

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/PEA-NAVY-OV...3f2d959aa1

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Coast-Guard-Reefer-Overcoat-/141139171150?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20dc8cd74e (used a few times)

    Per OG, here are some links. Some have multiples available. I used "coast guard pea" and "coast guard reefer" to find them. These all seem to be new except as noted, and have a Coast Guard label inside. I suppose it would pay to check back every so often to see if anything new comes up.

    I don't know anything about these except Strand Surplus was very nice. I have not received the coat yet as it was only ordered last Friday.
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    16 Dec 2013 02:42 PM
    I don't want to jump the gun and purchase one before I even arrive at Cape May, but now I worry that they will all be bought up before I get a chance to get one!
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    17 Dec 2013 04:22 AM
    ? Ive never seen anyone wear this, and I wouldn't buy it. You would never wear it on a ship and I really could only see office people rocking it since they randomly wear trops or bravos and not for a reason to need to match eachother for an event or something.

    We used to have that sweater but I never see anyone wearing that. You walk out of bootcamp with enough uniform items. It is probably one of the most annoying things in the world keeping track of it all as it is.
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    17 Dec 2013 06:39 AM
    I knew a few people who bought wooly-pullys/winter dress blues/ other random uniform items. They look cool but outside boot camp I've seen winter dress blues twice, and wooly pullys never (spent a good bit of time co-lo with a sector, maybe they're more common at district). Reefer coats? I have to google it every time I read about one. They look great, but the majority of us don't have cause to wear them.
    Now the cold weather cap on the other hand...best cold weather item ever
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    17 Dec 2013 09:01 AM
    Bells and Masterguns speak with the voice of reason. I'll need something for dress occasions a couple times a year. I'm in eastern D9, so snow and/or cold will be realities six months of the year. I'm a hundred plus miles from an AD station, and if I'm in a dress uniform I'll likely be the only one. And I'm too cheap to spring for a bridge coat. Don't buy one of these just because they're cheap. If like Bells says, you need to look like everyone else, it might not work for you.
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    15 Dec 2017 10:49 AM
    I was in the USCG from 72 to 76 and had a peacoat issued to me with a shield sewn on the right cuff. I have since replaced the peacoat with a navy issue. I was wondering where is the correct placement of the shield. Does anyone know (offhand) or know where I could find that info?
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    15 Dec 2017 10:23 PM
    I have spent a lot of time researching this question and can't find a picture of a USCG Peat Coat anywhere.  I think its safe to say that the shield would be the same spot as on the current uniform coat but I don't know the exact inches up.
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    18 Dec 2017 06:47 AM
    Pea coat, not peat coat. They are not issued any longer.
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    18 Dec 2017 07:14 AM
    Right, OG. A peat coat would smell different anyway. Probably not shed water too well either.
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    21 Jan 2018 11:24 AM
    Wore the CG reefer with great regularity during the winter. The area was New England, and the time period was the 1980s. The CG reefer was originally for the cadets at the academy. Their version had a leather patch sewn above the left pocket to provide chafing gear when carrying their books.

    By 1980 it was available as a private purchase optional uniform item for CG personnel. By the late 1980s it became a uniform issue item. It was eliminated in the 1990s.

    Officers had shoulder loops to wear shoulder marks, enlisted wore no insignia. The cap insignia indicated the enlisted rate..

    It was a good warm and stylish overcoat for wear with the SDB and other uniforms..

    FWIW, there was a prototype new reefer used during Obamas first inaugual parade. The scuttlebutt held that the CG was going to evaluate it for re issue. The test died on the vine..
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    07 Sep 2018 07:32 PM
    if you were to manage to get a hold of a reefer wholesale coatthen you would be able to wear it as long as it were serviceable
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    07 Sep 2018 07:41 PM
    Posted By yiyiyi123 on 07 Sep 2018 08:32 PM
    if you were to manage to get a hold of a reefer wholesale coatthen you would be able to wear it as long as it were serviceable

    You sure about that?  The current uniform regs make no mention of a pea coat.
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