The United States Coast Guard serves many different purposes. Chief Among these is the ability to prevent illegal aliens from entering the United States. This is done through the use of the vessels which are also used to stop the spread of drugs throughout the United States. The reason for this is to protect the people trying to enter the U.S. as to control the migration onto American soil. This is because of the severe loss of life which happens when people take to the water in poorly made aircraft.
Because of the nature of the crafts being used, many people end up in the water. This means a lot of the missions to stop people from entering the United States end up being humanitarian lifesaving missions. While those looking to enter the U.S. will likely be sent back to their home countries, it beats dying in a watery grave.
Training for Your Mission
Much of the training you will receive in the USCG will be to help protect you while you are completing missions. This is because when you board a craft which has human cargo, it is possible that there will be people on board willing to bring harm to you so that they can realize their dream of freedom. You will learn to disarm and subdue through peaceful and lethal means if necessary. Click on the link above to get more information on this and other careers in the USCG.