Native Americans, Eskimos, and the U.S. Coast Guard. A 22-year-old Coast Guardsman with a broken arm in New London, Connecticut, and an elderly tribal chief with cancer and diabetes in Oklahoma's Indian Territory. What's the connection? It may not be apparent to someone not familiar with the Coast Guard's medical organization. This organization differs greatly from those of the other services. The U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force both have self-contained medical and dental forces within their respective organizations. The U.S. Navy also has its own medical organization and in addition supplies the U.S. Marine Corps with medical personnel, both officer and enlisted. The Coast Guard is unique in that it has its own enlisted medical personnel, but the entire medical officer corps is made up of officers from another branch of the uniformed services, the U.S. Public Health Service.
Public Health Service Rotation for Coast Guard Medical Readiness
By Commander William Vermont Stenberg, U.S. Public Health Service