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Coast Guard Rear Admiral Lower Half

O-7 Flag Officer, U.S. Coast Guard
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A Rear Admiral Lower Half is a Flag Officer in the United States Coast Guard at DoD paygrade O-7.

Until 1985, the rank of Rear-Admiral (Lower Half) was known as Commodore, also a one-star rank. The rank was above that of a Captain and beneath that of a Rear-Admiral and existed as a senior captain's rank, an officer in charge of a number of vessels or air wings. After the Second World War, all one-star commodores in the Coast Guard were advanced to two-star rear-admirals, but this caused confusion with the existing two-star rear-admirals, who were on a different pay grade. In 1981, a new rank was introduced: Commodore-admiral, a one-star permanent grade, but within a year this was scrapped in favour of the new one-star rank, Rear Admiral Lower Half.

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History of the Coast Guard

The Coast Guard has changed names several times over its 200+ year history, but it is largely the same organization as it was in 1790 as the Revenue Marine. Uniforms, culture, and professions are very similar to the Navy, but the mission is different. While the Navy ensures freedom of navigation internationally, the Coast Guard does so for our nation's coasts through vessel inspections, law enforcement, drug and migrant interdiction, maintenance of navigation aids, environmental protection and research, ice operations, and search-and-rescue. Sailors of the Navy and Coast Guard have a high respect for each other, knowing that one can do what the other cannot.