"August Coast Guard Issue"
Colonel John Collins, U.S. Army (Retired)—Most men and women who wear Department of Defense uniforms see four military services, instead of five. The same is true of most civilians who specialize in national security. I therefore applaud the August 2003 issue, which gives the United States Coast Guard long overdue credit with three feature articles, a commentary, and two pages of "Professional Notes."
Title 14, United States Code, identifies the Coast Guard as a "military service and a branch of the armed forces. . . at all times." Nonmilitary pursuits normally took precedence before the attacks of 11 September 2001, but no service has contributed more to U.S. counterterrorism campaigns since that date. The first Coast Guard commandant put it this way more than eight decades ago: whereas "peacetime usefulness is a byproduct of the Navy, it is wartime usefulness that is a byproduct of the Coast Guard." His assessment remains sound.
"Why I Am Failing My Junior Officers"
(See K. O'Neal, pp. 40-42, July 2003; N. Van Schaik, p. 12, August 2003 Proceedings)