Information about Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement?

I want some information about Law Enforcement in the US Coast Guard. Do you have to sign up as an officer to become one or can you do this as an enlisted member? How hard is it to get on as one? How long is the commitment? I didn't see this rating on the USCG website, is it a special program?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Kyle,

    Thanks for the question.

    There's really two aspects to your question and hopefully I can shed some light on it. The other posts here give you some good nuggets. But hopefully this will clear it up.

    Ratings:

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    We have a concept of a rating and a qualification. A rating in the Coast Guard is a career field that our enlisted people pursue. For example a Boatswain's Mate(BM) usually has a career field in Boat Operations in some capacity. Some may be Boat drivers in which we call Coxswains. We are in the process of standing up a new rating called ME. ME stands for Martime Enforcement, it is a rating that is supposed to our "center of excellence" for Law Enforcement. Your rating is your career field. For enlisted it is actually even part of your rank. A second class Petty Officer who is an BM may be addressed as Boatswain Mate Second Class. Warrant Officers also have rates. Commissioned Officers, however dont have designated ratings.

    Commitment as an enlisted person is often 4 years active and (4 rears IRR or Reserve) 8 years total commitment. Other commitments can be done. Best to talk to a recuiter about that not me:)

    Officers go through OCS, Academy or Direct Commision. Ping me if you want more info on that.

    Qualifications

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    Qualifications are certifications that people may get. Usually a certain qualification and a rate go hand in hand. For example a boat Coxswain is usually something you see a Boatswain Mate pursue. However, a Machinist Mate(MK) can also get that qual and do that job at his or her unit.

    Taking this one step further, the Maritime Law Enforcement qualifications we have are Boarding Officer and Boarding Team Member. While MEs will be expected to get these qualifications as part of their career, MKs and BMs and even Commissioned Officers most certainly can get these qualifications as well.

    A Boarding Team Member(BTM) is our basic LE qualification. This person does boardings under the guidance of a Boarding Officer. The BTM, will assist in inspecting vessels and searches. Help on arrests including handcuffing and escorts. They must be qualified on the required weapons.

    A Boarding Officer (BO) is our premier LE qualification. This person attends the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Charleston, SC. This person leads the boardings and is well versed on Commercial and Recreational Boating Laws.

    Where the BOs & BTMs are used

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    Boarding Teams consiting of a BO and BTMs are deplyed on USCG Cutters and USCG Small Boats. When on small boats a BO and BTM may also serve as a small boat crewman (another qualification)

    BOs and BTMs may be delployed as a LEDET on US Navy Vessels. Since the USN has no LE authority, the USCG is a critical partner to the USN. The USN vessels serves as a platform by which the US Coast Guard enforces federal law.

    Why USCG is unique

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    Let me know if you want more info Kyle, it is a really cool program. The US Coast Guard is the only military branch that has Federal Law Enforcement as part of it's mission set. This is precisely why we are under DHS and not the DoD. We are always military however.

    Source(s): I am a LT(O-3) in the US Coast Guard and I am also involved in maritime law enforcement.
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    Information about Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement?

    I want some information about Law Enforcement in the US Coast Guard. Do you have to sign up as an officer to become one or can you do this as an enlisted member? How hard is it to get on as one? How long is the commitment? I didn't see this rating on the USCG website, is it a special program?

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    The U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Academy was established in November, 2004 at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Charleston, SC to prepare Coast Guard personnel to perform as Maritime Law Enforcement Officers. In addition, we enhance the Maritime Law Enforcement skills of students from our fellow federal, state and local agencies, as well as the international community. We accomplish this through the delivery of high quality training that provides the knowledge and skills necessary for graduates to perform in a Safe, Legal and Professional manner. We also develop, maintain and make readily available up-to-date training material that supports the standardization and professionalism of the Coast Guard’s entire Maritime Law Enforcement Training system.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Maritime Enforcement Specialist (ME) enlisted rating (i.e., job specialty) will stand up on January 1, 2010. You will have to complete recruit training, then go to the ME Class "A" School.

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    1 decade ago

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