Sea Legs

Welcome Aboard! From the Coast Guard Ombudsman-at-Large

Welcome to our Coast Guard family. As a spouse or family member of an active duty or Reserve Coast Guardsman, you are the cornerstone of support that enables your Coast Guard member to complete the mission. We, as Ombudsmen-at-Large, humbly thank you and appreciate you. 

You are now an important member of the Coast Guard family and our goal for our family is to be successful, resilient and informed. The title of this reference is “Sea Legs.” A ship’s newest crewmember is said to spend the first few days at sea obtaining his/her “sea legs,” adjusting to the pitch and roll of the ship and getting acclimated to the new surroundings. This publication of “Sea Legs” was designed to acclimate the new Coast Guard family in the same way, by providing resources to navigate your new Coast Guard adventure, offer some historical background and helpful tips. 

The Coast Guard has outstanding programs in place to assist you at every step of the way and our Ombudsman Program offers a robust network of well-trained spouses. Each is appointed by their respective command to serve as an official liaison between the Command and its family members. The ombudsmen are dedicated to providing resources to families, providing pertinent information regarding the unit and critical information during disasters or emergencies. One of the most important steps you can take for the success of your Coast Guard adventure is to reach out to your command’s ombudsman, introduce yourself and provide them your contact information so you can be informed and ready. You can contact your ombudsman at

As part of our family, we want your transition into our Coast Guard way of life, to be smooth. These resources will help keep you ready to overcome any challenge. Again, we thank you for your support of our Coast Guard family.

Welcome Aboard and Semper Paratus!