When did being Department of Defense become a prerequisite for being military?

Most people say the Coast Guard is not a branch of the military because the CG is part of the Department of Homeland Security and not Department of Defense. When did being DOD become a prerequisite for being military? The Coast Guard is a branch of the military. So says the United States Government!

Asked By: dankohner1 - 10/27/2011
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You claim to be a Coastie... Why do you care what other people think? You know the job, you know the CG falls under the UCMJ, you know it is a military position with all the rights, privileges and benefits of military. If someone wants to tell you different, just shrug and walk away. There is no convincing people... More
Answered By: Coastie mom in Texas - 10/28/2011
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so say they people in the coast guard, Edit the us government also says a tomato is a fruit
Answered By: ingsoc1 - 10/27/2011
Can you find an official site that defines "being military" requires that you be in DoD? That is the standard definition, but everyone recognizes that even though the CG falls under DHS and has a policing mission, it is also military. Are you looking for an argument where one doesn't exist?
Answered By: LTCgross - 10/27/2011
Could it be your confusing uniformed service and military? Cause there are 6 uniformed services in the United States, Coast Guard being one of them.
Answered By: CPR - 10/27/2011
The Coast Guard is also a part of the Department of Defense if you look at the entire law regarding the Coast Guard... More
Answered By: mnbvcxz52773 - 10/28/2011
I can see what you are saying. Most people think that if you are not DOD you are not military. That is totally false. Most people are just plain ignorant.
Answered By: Megan Shaw - 10/28/2011
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