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A Senior Chief Petty Officer is a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Coast Guard at DoD paygrade E-8.

The rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer is very new in the US Coast Guard. On 22 May 1958, the United States introduced the new pay grade, E-8, but allowed the various branches of the Armed Forces to determine how this would be incorporated into their organisation. The US Coast Guard, in line with the US Navy, introduced the new non-commissioned officer's rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer.

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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.