6 things Coast Guardsmen need to know for 2013
In particular he made some comments about differentiating ourselves from the Navy.
On a professional level, yes we should be called Coast Guardsmen. However, on an informal level I don't mind being called a Coastie, but I do object to some of the other nicknames we have had over the years, they are just plain insulting.
Yes, the Coast Guard culture is distinctly different than the Navy. Yes we are proud of that and always have been, but to try to differentiate the term sailor is going too far. People who man ships and boats and go to sea are sailors no matter what their occupation is. I have always considered myself a sailor, and I (of course) think Coast Guardsmen are better sailors. That term does not apply only to the Navy.
Lt Peter D. Eikenberry, LT USCG (Retired)