Seaman Calsea Clemens of the Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island (WPB 1349) mans the rail and renders honors to the USS Missouri and USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor while on their final underway trip March 9, 2018. The Galveston Island is a 110-foot Island-class patrol boat has been in service since 1992 and was originally homeported in Apra Harbor, Guam. (U.S. Coast Guard/Chief Petty Officer Sara Muir)

One of the U.S. Coast Guard's earliest female officers is urging women to "remain strong and tough" as the service tries to find ways to encourage them to stay.

Women are leaving the Coast Guard at higher rates than men — which means fewer at higher ranks.

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