The modernization of the U.S. Coast Guard must include instilling the guardian ethos espoused by Commandant Admiral Thad Allen.
Admiral Allen took a bold step toward solidifying a common culture within the Coast Guard with his recent promulgation of the guardian ethos, which defines the qualities intrinsic to an identity as a "guardian." This identity represents an ideal that will require a dedicated investment of effort. Creating a service culture in which every member lives the guardian ethos involves first identifying the gaps between it and the reality of the service, then devising a plan to close those gaps. Coast Guard Fight and Save Training (CG FAST) described here is a vision for a comprehensive effort to forge the guardian ethos in every Coast Guard member through combined physical, mental, and moral development. Such training will provide a catalyst to accelerate implementation of the ethos throughout the Coast Guard with substantial benefit to the service.