Coast Guard Quiz


In honor of the Coast Guard's birthday, we've put together a quiz on the service's history and traditions. Test your Coast Guard knowledge below!

Coast Guard Quiz

In honor of the Coast Guard's birthday, we've come up with a quiz - test your knowledge of the Coast Guard's history and traditions!

George Washington signed which act in 1790 that formed the original Coast Guard?

Cutter Act

Revenue Act

Sedition Act

Tariff Act

The Coast Guard received its present name in 1915 when the Revenue Cutter Service was merged with which other service?

U.S. Border Service

U.S. Life-Saving Service

U.S. Maritime Service

U.S. Sea Patrol Service

What does the Coast Guard ensign feature?

8 red and 8 white stripes

Cannon in front of a drum, and 3 cannon balls

Eagle perched on a globe

Eagle, flag and a traditional sailing ship

Which famous acting family served in the Coast Guard?

Alec, Daniel and Billy Baldwin

Lloyd, Beau and Jeff Bridges

John, David and Keith Carradine

Luke and Owen Wilson

What is the longest-serving active Coast Guard aviator known as?

Ancient Albatross

Ancient Kingfisher

Old Mariner

Old Pterodactyl

During its history, the Coast Guard has been under many departments. Which of the following has it NOT been under?

Department of Commerce

Department of Homeland Security

Department of State

Department of the Treasury

What is the Coast Guard's motto?

Non sibi sed patriae

Primum in opere

Semper paratus

Uno Ab Alto

Which famous writer and Coast Guard veteran had the honor of having a Coast Guard cutter named after him?

E.L. Doctorow

William Faulkner

Alex Haley

Rex Stout

Who was the first female Coast Guard pilot to fly an HH-52 and become the first female Coast Guard aviator to qualify as an HH-52 co-pilot, pilot and aircraft commander?

Jean Butler

Colleen Cain

Marlene DeTienne

Connie Swaro

If a cutter has a red painted hull, what is its primary mission?

Drug interdiction


Migrant interdiction

Search and rescue

Your rank is: Non-rate

Clearly you have much to learn, young Coastie. Now get back to chipping paint!

Your rank is: Petty Officer

You're on your way to better things in the service, but be sure to study up some more on the Coast Guard.

Your rank is: Chief

Not bad! You have the ability to move up in the ranks. Just keep at it and you'll earn higher marks.

Your rank is: Master Chief

Well done! You're among the best when it comes to Coast Guard Knowledge. Just study up a little more, and soon you'll be Master Chief Petty Officer of the whole show...

Your rank is: Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard

Congrats! You're the cream of the crop, the tip of the top, and the most knowledgeable of the know-it-alls when it comes to the Coast Guard.

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