OSMS and YOU: Maritime Law Enforcement, PWCS

This blog post is the seventh in a series of posts highlighting the various specialties and sub-specialties offered by the recently launched Officer Specialty Management System. Stay tuned as we share key information about each specialty/sub-specialty in the coming weeks!

Written by Lt. j.g. Daniel Evans

OSMS and YOU: Maritime Law Enforcement/PWCS

For over 200 years, the Coast Guard has filled the roll as our Nation’s first responder to threats in the maritime environment – both domestic and foreign. Aside from conducting general law enforcement, maritime law enforcement personnel prevent, deter, and respond to illicit activities such as terrorism, illegal entry, smuggling, piracy, as well as enforce federal laws protecting the United States’ living marine resources.

With the Maritime Law Enforcement/PWCS Response/Ashore (OAR-13) officer specialty, officers perform shore operational, training and program management duties within the four law enforcement mission programs:

1) Alien Migrant Interdiction Operations, or AMIO
2) Counter drug, or CD
3) Living Marine Resources, or LMR
4) Operational Law Enforcement, or OLE, as well as general law enforcement; and Ports, Waterways & Coastal Security, or PWCS

For perspective officers to earn this competency, candidates must have a mandatory twelve months experience as a command certified boarding officer or boarding officer certified ashore. BO experience required must have been performed at an ashore assignment (i.e. Sector, Station, or DSF unit or oversight/management of unit law enforcement program at an ashore unit (i.e. command cadre). TACLET personnel applying for OAR-13 need to document their experience and how it applies to this competency.

Visit the OPM-3 website for additional information regarding the Ashore Maritime Law Enforcement/Ports, Waterways & Coastal Security (OAR-13) competency.

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