Sea Legs - Welcome to the Coast Guard Family!

The Family Member's Guide to the U.S. Coast Guard

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The following information has been compiled to help support a smooth transition into military life.

This edition of Sea Legs contains information that can assist active duty and Reserve Coast Guardsmen, their spouses, family members and friends. In using this publication, be sure to review the valuable resources of the Coast Guard and support organizations, which are listed throughout.

For specific information, Coast Guard families are encouraged to contact their servicing Health, Safety, and Work-Life Regional Practice (HSWL RP) or nearest Military Service Family Center. You may also contact your unit ombudsman.

Additional Work-Life information is available at:

The USCG HSWL Mobile app is available in the Apple App store; just search for USCG HSWL or use this link:

The Android version is available through Google at

Coast Guard Forms and Policy mentioned in this document can be found at

We welcome your suggestions for improvements to this publication.

Disclaimer: The references on this website are provided for the user’s convenience. The United States Coast Guard does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of this information.