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Entry from August 25, 2013
Uncle Sam’s Confused Group (United States Coast Guard or USCG backronym)

The United States Coast Guard is part of the United States Armed Forces and was created by Congress in 1790 as the “Revenue Marine.” The Coast Guard is smaller than the military divisions of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, and its mission is sometimes not clearly understood by the general public. The letters “USCG” have been given the backronymic (back acronym) nickname “Uncle Sam’s Confused Group” since at least 1994.

The Untied States Coast Guard (USCG) has also been given the backronym of “Under Staffed, Can’t Go.” The Untied States Marine Corps (USMC) has been nicknamed “Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children.”


Wikipedia: United States Coast Guard
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the country’s seven uniformed services. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the U.S. military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission (with jurisdiction in both domestic and international waters) and a federal regulatory agency mission as part of its mission set. It operates under the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime, and can be transferred to the Department of the Navy by the President at any time, or by Congress during time of war.

Created by Congress on 4 August 1790 at the request of Alexander Hamilton as the “Revenue Marine”, it is the United States’ oldest continuous seagoing service (although the United States Navy lists its founding as being in 1775, with the formation of the Continental Navy, the modern US Navy has been in service since 1794). As Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton headed the Revenue Marine, whose original purpose was that of a collector of customs duties in the nation’s seaports. By the 1860s the service was known as the United States Revenue Cutter Service and the term Revenue Marine gradually fell into disuse. The Coast Guard was formed from the merger of the Revenue Cutter Service and the United States Life-Saving Service on 28 January 1915. As one of the nation’s five armed services, the Coast Guard was involved in every war from 1790 to Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Geoff Miller
2/8/94
(...)
Geoff
(Uncle Sam’s Confused Group)

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Kerowyn SilverDrake
9/27/00
Military Rules
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Let’s not forget the oh, so clever interpretations of what the various branch names or abbreviations have been said to stand for:

US Army:  Uncle Sam Ain’t Released Me Yet
Navy:  Never Again Volunteer Yourself
USCG: Uncle Sam’s Confused Group (Coast Guard)
Marines: Muscles Are Required, Intelligence Not Essential

Google Books
Chernobyl, USA
By Drew Williams
Mustang, OK: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC
2007
Pg. 147:
“I spent eight years in Uncle Sam’s Confused Group, and I wanted my friend to see something of it.”

ModernCamaro.com Regional Forums—Military Members
Chief Mojo
01-30-2008, 08:12 PM
Uncle Sam’s Confused Group
Any other Coasties on here???

11 April 2008, Washington (DC) Times, “Nation: Inside the Ring”:
The Coast Guard is Uncle Sam’s Confused Group.

Gather
Joke - The battle of acronyms
by Army Man
May 05, 2008 02:09 PM EDT
(...)
USCG:
Uncle Sam’s Confused Group
Under Staffed, Can’t Go

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Sunday, August 25, 2013 • Permalink