Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the Coast Guard?
How Much Do You Know About the Coast Guard?
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz

Quick, can you name all of the branches of the United States Armed Forces? The Army, Navy and Air Force are easy. But you still have two to go. The Marines … and the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard is an often-overlooked branch of America’s military forces, but these men and women serve a vital function around the country and all over the world. In this shallow-water quiz, do you really think you know the U.S. Coast Guard?

After the heady days of the American Revolution, the newly born United States was a turbulent place. The nation needed a way to control its waters, and there was really no Navy of any kind. That’s when the forerunner of the Coast Guard took to the seas. Do you recall the history and purpose of the very first Coast Guard crews?

In the 1800s, the Coast Guard performed so ably that it garnered more and more missions. Congress renamed the service, gave it ever more power, and the once-tiny fleet became an increasingly important tool of the government.

These days, the Coast Guard guards America’s borders, counters criminals who use the sea as their playground, and saves lives every single day of the year. Hold your breath and plunge into the icy waters of this Coast Guard quiz now!

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During peacetime, which federal agency is in charge of the Coast Guard?
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About how many people are on active duty in today's Coast Guard?
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What's a common nickname for Coast Guard sailors?
4.0 of 30
True or false, is the Coast Guard older than the U.S. Navy?
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At its inception, the Coast Guard was called what?
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At its inception, what was the purpose of the Revenue Marine Service?
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How many ships did the first Revenue Marine service have at its disposal?
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The Coast Guard is tasked with guarding about how much shoreline in the United States?
9.0 of 30
In 1894, the Revenue Marine was renamed to what?
10.0 of 30
The Coast Guard's official march is "Semper Paratus," which means what?
11.0 of 30
True or false, has the Coast Guard served in all of America's wars?
12.0 of 30
In 1915, Congress merged the Revenue Cutter Service with which organization to form the Coast Guard?
13.0 of 30
What symbol denotes Coast Guard vessels?
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The Coast Guard rescue swimmer program is very difficult. About what percentage of people DROP from the training?
15.0 of 30
In addition to collecting tariffs, what other job did the Revenue Marine have in the 1790s?
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True or false, does the Coast Guard only operate near the U.S. mainland?
17.0 of 30
The Coast Guard cutter USCGC Eastwind was the first ship to do what?
18.0 of 30
Aviation survival technicians are also called _____.
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What year did the first women officially join the Coast Guard?
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Each year, the Coast Guard participates about how many emergency search and rescue missions?
21.0 of 30
Where is the United States Coast Guard Academy located?
22.0 of 30
What does the Coast Guard do in emergency situations in which the weather makes it nearly impossible to launch a ship?
23.0 of 30
During Hurricane Katrina, the Coast Guard used 80 rescue swimmers to save about how many people?
24.0 of 30
What is the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary?
25.0 of 30
What was the name of the first ship launched by the Revenue Marine?
26.0 of 30
In the 1870s, the Coast Guard was essentially in control of which area?
27.0 of 30
What is the United States Coast Guard Academy's motto?
28.0 of 30
During World War II, the Coast Guard had an official dog as part of its crew. The dog's name was _____.
29.0 of 30
If the U.S. declares a war, the Coast Guard may fall under the control of which agency?
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On an average day, the Coast Guard performs about how many search and rescue missions?
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