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The Coast Guard’s core values are more than just rules of behavior. They’re deeply rooted in our heritage, and guide our performance, conduct, and decisions every minute of every day. Every member represents the Coast Guard—and every member must embrace these values in their professional endeavors, as well as in their personal lives.


Integrity is our standard. We demonstrate uncompromising ethical conduct and moral behavior in all of our personal and organizational actions. We are loyal and accountable to the public trust.


We value our diverse workforce. We treat each other and those we serve with fairness, dignity, respect, and compassion. We encourage individual opportunity and growth. We encourage creativity through empowerment. We work as a team.

Devotion to Duty 

We are professionals, military and civilian, who seek responsibility, accept accountability, and are committed to the successful achievement of our organizational goals. We exist to serve. We serve with pride.

U.S. Coast Guard Ethos

In Service to our Nation
With Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty
We protect
We defend
We save
We are Semper Paratus
We are the United States Coast Guard