Getting kind of fed up with a bunch of civilians and cherries trying to tell people what's up with the military. If you haven't been in a few years, spent at least a year in combat (not on a FOB), you honestly don't have much room to talk down anything. This goes for Army talking down Air Force, Marine Corps talking down Navy, etc, etc. So before you think about saying a smart *** comment, think to yourself 'hmmm, I really haven't seen or done ****'.
That being said, anyone/everyone can talk **** about the Coast Guard
BTW, Former Airborne Forward Observer in the US Army. Was stationed at Ft. Richardson, Alaska, and deployed with the 4-25 Airborne to Iraq. Got out of the Army on 28Aug08. Any questions, PM me.