No Cuts to CG Budget

UPI is reporting there will be no cuts to the Coast Guard budget.

It also appears that, now that it is means more money in the budget, we have discovered we are military afterall.  “We’re deployed all over the world. We’ve been deployed to the North Arabian Gulf for going over 13 years now. We are where our Department of Defense is. We are an armed service.”

9 thoughts on “No Cuts to CG Budget

  1. Now the Coast Guard has to be convinced it is a military service. Time to get the sand peeps and regulators to sea.

    • …in the future Coast Guard, Coasties won’t have to go to sea – we’ll just sit at our desks; remotely controlling our cutter. Then we’ll send in the MSRT (delivered by a remote control aircraft) to act as boarding officers to conduct the actual at sea boarding.
      We’ll even be able to remotely fire our weapons; assuming that the GM’s properly preloaded them prior to leaving the pier. If we have a misfire, we’ll just deliver the GM via a remote control helo to clear the jam.

      The only question left is:

      ..will we still get to wear the Cuttermans pin while sitting behind our desk, driving our remote control cutter!

      😉

    • Bill, that’s a nice thought, but the CG stopped being a professional seagoing service decades ago. No disrespect intended to those that still earn and proudly wear the Cutterman insignia, but sailors are an afterthought and a novelty in today’s Coast Guard. Donut sucking sand crabs are taking over the service, slowly but surely.

  2. More here. http://www.defensenews.com/articles/coast-guard-chief-urges-more-funding-thanks-congress-for-support I particularly like this statement. “The commandant described his service as “an additive, not separate from our Navy counterparts. We have big ships doing big naval exercises – Rim of the Pacific and the like. And you might say you could be included in what is the ship count of our Navy, and let’s not exclude some of these very capable ships from that inventory.” ”

    When we count ships in the fleet, it should include CG ships.

    The fastest way for the administration to get to 350 ships is to start counting CG ships and arm them appropriately.

    • Did a member of the administration trip over a cutter’s moorings to discover that the Coast Guard is an Armed Force?

      • I think the quote about it being “pre-decisional” and “administration testing the waters” telling. Sounds like the cuts were in the first drafts and used the outside reaction to leaks to decide if to move forward. It worries me that decisions this critical are being make based on “number of likes”… But it worked this time.

      • I will try to be optimistic and assume the arguments presented regarding the Coast Guard Missions carried some weight in addition to the number of outraged voices.

      • The cuts were very real, but there was a good amount of backlash against them. The CG leadership did pretty well presenting their case, and the nature of this “budget proposal” led to the Admin taking out the cuts. Unlike the other services, however, there was no talk of an increase….

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