Protecting America: A day in the life of an ME “A” school student

Maritime Enforcement Specialist “A” school is a challenging and rigorous course of instruction provided at the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in Charleston, South Carolina. This demanding nine-week course teaches Coast Guard active and reserve personnel how to execute the Coast Guard’s unique law enforcement mission in a safe, legal and professional manner. Each year the staff at MLEA trains and graduates more than 150 students who receive orders to 450 units across the Coast Guard.

What does a day in the life of an ME student look like?


Ens. Andrea Psimer, a crew member aboard Coast Guard Cutter Decisive, views flight operations from the bridge-wing of CGC Decisive. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David R. Marin)

Paratus Report: March 2017, Episode 2

Here is the newest edition of the Paratus Report! This episode covers the Coast Guard’s new pistol qualification course and Shutter Shootout, which is our “photo of the year” competition!


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Coast Guard on the move

Coast Guard members learn how to pursue and neutralize fleeing vessels in a course known as Noncompliant Vessel Pursuit, or NCVP. The course, designed for boat drivers as well as boat crewmembers, teaches Coast Guard men and women how to approach a vessel that may be in violation of a federal law such as drug or migrant smuggling.