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Carrying out the Coast Guard's time-honored task of saving lives, albeit under enemy fire on a shoreline thousands of miles from home, the cutters involved in the invasion of Normandy saved more than 1,400 souls but was also one of the bloodiest days in Coast Guard history. Their involvement in the invasion's success remains an admirable record for the United States' oldest continuous sea-going service.

Get Coast Guard Fit

  • Coast Guard Basic PFT
    Coast Guard Basic PFT
    The Coast Guard physical fitness program is designed to ensure that all Coast Guard members have the strength and stamina to sa...
  • Coast Guard Fitness Requirements
    Coast Guard Fitness Requirements
    Today, with the threat of terrorist attacks on American soil, the Coast Guard stands as our first line of defense against any m...
  • US Coast Guard Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA)
    USCG Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA)
    The Coast Guard's weight/physical fitness program is intended to contribute to the fitness and appearance of all Coast Guard me...
  • Military Body Composition Test
    Body Composition Tests
    All services use the body composition test. It requires all military personnel to weigh in and have their height measured.
  • Are You Fit to Serve?
    Are You Fit to Serve?
    As our adult population grows in waist size and decreases in fitness level, so has American children's weight and fitness. Thes...

The Coast Guard was established on January 28, 1915.  The Coast Guard is charged with maritime security, safety, and stewardship. While the Coast Guard operates under the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime, during times of war, it can be transferred to the Department of the Navy, as it did in WWI and WWII.

The Coast Guard is comprised of approximately 40,000 active duty personnel supported by an additional 7,000 reservists.

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