US Coast Guard Directives – http://www.uscg.mil/directives/ci.asp
Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:
- Would a Coast Guard character have an anchor tattoo on her forearm?
- What measures does the Coast Guard take to protect its members from Malaria?
- What should be contained in a properly stocked cutter repair locker?
Like their service counterparts, the Coast Guard has directives and manuals to regulate the work and personal lives of their members. The directives use the Standard Subject Identification Code (SSIC) that the Marine Corps employ and so are divided into the following subjects:
- 1000-1999 Military Personnel
- 2000-2999 Telecommunications
- 3000-3999 Operations and Readiness
- 4000-4999 Logistics
- 5000-5999 General Admin and Management
- 6000-6999 Medicine and Dentistry
- 7000-7999 Financial Management
- 8000-8999 Ordnance Material
- 9000-9999 Ship Design and Material
- 10000-10999 General Material
- 11000-11999 Facilities and Activities Ashore
- 12000-12999 Civilian Personnel
- 13000-13999 Aero/Astronautical Material
- 16000-16999 Coast Guard Missions
Most of these publications will be useful for general background and ensure that your Coast Guard characters do things the Coast Guard way.
Two publications that might provide material for military character personal problems are:
- CI 1000.1B TATTOO, BODY MARKING, BODY PIERCING, AND MUTILATION POLICY – Like other services, the Coast Guard has limitations on Tattoos based on location and content. This publication has photos of these unacceptable locations and piercing. It also has a sample letter saying “remove this tattoo or we’ll throw you out.” Aside from providing angst for a Coast Guard character, this policy could also be useful in spotting counterfeit personnel. That guy in a CG uniform with the spiderweb on his cheek is NOT a servicemember.
- CI 1000.9 PREGNANCY IN THE COAST GUARD – This document outlines the responsibilities of pregnant servicemembers and of their commanding officers. It includes information on abortion options in the Coast Guard and how people should be kept working at regular assignments as long as it is safe to do so.