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MISSION REQUIREMENTS OF THE USCG ACADEMY
The United States Coast Guard Academy exists for the purpose of preparing young men
and women for successful careers as commissioned officers in the United States Coast
Guard. The Academy's historic mission statement addresses this purpose most directly.
The historical "mission" of the United States Coast Guard Academy is "to graduate young
men and women with sound bodies, stout hearts, and alert minds, with a liking for the sea
and its lore, and with that high sense of honor, loyalty, and obedience which goes with
trained initiative and leadership, well grounded in seamanship, the sciences, and the
amenities and strong in the resolve to be worthy of the traditions of commissioned officers
in the United States Coast Guard in the service of their country and humanity."
The operational mission of the Academy shall be consistent with the scope of higher
education in the United States. It is the official policy of the Coast Guard that the
Academy will adhere to the norms and standards of highly selective civilian undergraduate
institutions of similar size and educational philosophy. To meet the challenges posed by
the mission, the Academy must strive to:
maintain an environment that fosters a high sense of honor, loyalty, and dedication
provide a sound undergraduate education, with majors in fields of interest to the
Coast Guard; and
train and educate cadets in the professional entry level skills required for their
careers as Coast Guard officers.
2. Institutional Requirements. The Coast Guard Academy can successfully meet the challenges
presented by its overall mission and objectives by maintaining the following primary and
continuing institutional requirements:
Maintain a national reputation as a highly selective undergraduate institution that is fully
accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, with engineering
programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.