Since entering the Coast Guard, I have chafed at the term “petty officer.” As a prior enlisted U.S. Army Air Cavalry member, I took pride when I was addressed as PFC or Specialist Moore, titles that eloquently included me in the fighting unit. So I was taken aback when commissioned into the Coast Guard that I now was to call an experienced enlisted Coast Guardsman by the title of petty officer.
Nobody Asked Me, But . . . - It’s Time to Take the ‘Petty’ Out of the American Sea Services
By Lieutenant Commander Brian Moore, U.S. Coast Guard