Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

Coast Guard Office of Health Services

Coast Guard Office of Health Services – http://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Human-Resources-CG-1/Health-Safety-and-Work-Life-CG-11/Office-of-Health-Services-CG-112/

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Is a lack of testicles on a man a disqualification for military service?
  • Can a hermaphrodite join the Coast Guard?
  • What mood disorders can disqualify someone for the Coast Guard?
  • What special precautions does the Coast Guard take for medicating pilots?
  • What are some of the technically legal recreational drugs banned for Coast Guard members?


This office serves as the organization that serves active duty servicemembers. Of the various sections on the site, you’ll find “Medical Publications and Directives” and “Operational Medicine and Medical Readiness (CG-1121)” the most helpful in your stories.

Medical Publications and Directives – If you have Coast Guard characters who are either sick, dead or medical personnel, take some time to study the Medical Manual whose table of contents takes up most of the real estate on the publications page. It is divided into the following sections:

  • Organization and Personnel
  • Health Care and Facilities
  • Physical Standards and Examinations
  • Health Records and Forms
  • Deaths and Psychiatric Conditions
  • Medical Readiness / Deployment Health
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Fiscal and Supply Management
  • Health Services Technician Assigned to Independent Duty
  • Pharmacy Operations and Drug Control
  • Health Care Procurement
  • Occupational Medical Surveillance and Evaluation Program
  • Quality Improvement
  • Medical Information System (MIS) Program

The manual is mostly administrative, but can be valuable in determining what happens to a given Coast Guard character with a given condition. Or who gets told what in case of psychiatric or substance abuse problems.
Once you’ve looked over the main manual, check out the links on the right hand side. They link to a mix of medical and administrative type publications including:

  • Cutter Heat Stress Program (CG)
  • Aeromedical Evacuation, A Guide for Health Care Providers (Joint Pub)
  • Using the Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) Specimen Repository to Identify Human Remains
  • Antimotion Sickness Medications
  • Coast Guard Weight and Body Fat Standards Program Manual
  • Physical Disability Evaluation System
  • Coast Guard Food Service Manual

Operational Medicine and Medical Readiness (CG-1121) – This office is response for several programs including aviation medicine, medical training and preventive medicine. Documents relating to these programs can be found on these pages, including the Aviation Medical Manual for the Coast Guard.



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