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Coast Guard Day



Coast Guard Day
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.09

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    ensign, single-masted, piracy, enforcement, military, federal, placement, patrol, income, devise, impose, environment, government, enforce, aboard, trade
     content words:    Air Force, Coast Guard, Revenue Cutter Service, Naval Department, Cutter Service, Lighthouse Service, Steamboat Inspection Service, Life-Saving Service, South Carolina, British Navy
Coast Guard Day

By Mary L. Bushong
1     When you think of the people and organizations that defend America, which ones come to mind? There are the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. Did you remember the Coast Guard, too?
 
2     In 1790, Congress authorized ten small ships to be built. They were to help enforce the trade laws and prevent smuggling. They were known at first as the Revenue Cutter Service.
 
3     A cutter is a small single-masted ship. The mast is set back farther than the usual mast placement, and the sails are larger. The name came from the speed with which these ships move through the water. Even after sails were no longer used, the name still stuck.
 
4     While the Coast Guard does protect America's coastline, it does other jobs as well. It is a military service, and it is also involved in law enforcement and environmental protection, as well as search and rescue.
 
5     Though it started out as the Revenue Cutter Service, other departments were soon added to it: the Lighthouse Service, the Steamboat Inspection Service, the Bureau of Navigation, and the Life-Saving Service.

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Reading Comprehension
     English Reading Comprehension: Coast Guard Day
     French Reading Comprehension: Gendarmerie Maritime
     Spanish Reading Comprehension: El día de la Guardia Costera
     German Reading Comprehension: Der Tag der Küstenwache




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