Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Junior Officer Advisory Group


In an effort to help display PHS pride and foster esprit de corps among officers, JOAG now offers PHS merchandise from the Commissioned Officers Foundation (COF). In addition to displaying PHS pride, proceeds go to COF for officer professional development activities.

PHS Challenge Coins

Challenge coins are a longstanding Uniformed Service tradition. Historically, these coins were given out as a member joined an organization. The "challenge" occurs when the individual is asked to produce the coin at a moments notice, meaning the coin is always carried as a reminder of the principles symbolized by the coin. Over the years they have become deeply rooted in Uniformed Service culture and have been issued to improve morale as well as reward for a job well done.

General Merchandise

JOAG's Outreach Committee regularly develops new merchandise to help show PHS pride and foster esprit de corps among officers.


Coins and merchandise are available through our online store. Shipping for online orders is a flat rate of $7.95 per order via USPS Priority Mail, and orders are generally filled within one week.

We also have the same merchandise for sale at the USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium and OBC Open Houses. Thank you for your support!

Page Last Modified on 4/25/2017

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