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Online Core Training
Online Core Training must be completed within 30 days of receiving notification of access. Ombudsmen can contact their respective HSWL RP Ombudsman Coordinator for training schedules.

The online Core training is designed for newly appointed ombudsmen to provide basic ombudsman program information until the ombudsman can attend Coast Guard Ombudsman Training (CGOT). Ombudsmen are also
required to complete this training annually.

Coast Guard Ombudsman Training (CGOT)
CGOT is a requirement for all new ombudsmen. It was designed to ensure that all ombudsmen have the same base training. Because a Coast Guard ombudsman’s volunteer role entails many skills, CGOT will provide the knowledge, skills and, most importantly, the resources to ensure success. Coast Guard Ombudsman Training is required for all Ombudsman. Commands may provide funding for their Ombudsman to attend training if not available locally.

CGOT Student Guide
The CGOT student guide is an important resource for ombudsmen and should be provided to all ombudsmen by the commanding officer or POC upon appointment. Ombudsmen will need a copy of the manual for use during CGOT.

Coast Guard Ombudsman Training Schedules
Training is an important factor of a successful Ombudsman Program. Trained ombudsmen are less likely to make errors in judgment that reflect poorly on the command. CGOT provides the foundational information necessary for Ombudsmen to properly execute their duties required by COMDTINST 1750.4 (series).

The below dates are tentative and subject to change due to the implementation of the new training materials.

  Location Start End Contact Information
CGOT Cape May, NJ  3/18/14 3/19/14 Kathleen Grant / 609-898-6885
CGOT Seattle, WA 4/2/14 4/3/14 Dave Sweeney / 206-217-6615
CGOT Boston, MA 4/3/14 4/4/14 Jim Freeman / 617-223-3479
CGOT Cape May, NJ 4/8/14 4/9/14 Kathleen Grant / 609-898-6885
CGOT  St. Louis, MO   5/7/14 5/8/14 Rich Curtis / 314-269-2318
CGOT Cape May, NJ 5/20/14 5/21/14 Kathleen Grant / 609-898-6885
CGOT Boston, MA 6/12/14 6/13/14 Jim Freeman / 617-223-3479
CGOT  Portsmouth, VA   7/23/14 7/24/14 Anne Patterson / 757-686-4030
CGOT Boston, MA 9/8/14 9/9/14 Jim Freeman / 617-223-3479
CGOT Cape May, NJ 9/16/14 9/17/14 Kathleen Grant / 609-898-6885

Alternative Training
Coast Guard Ombudsman training is the preferred training. However, it is recognized that due to the diverse geographical settings associated with the CG, attendance at a CG-specific training may be difficult. Alternative trainings are available through the HSWL RP ombudsman coordinator such as attending another ombudsman training, provided by a different service branch. Coast Guard Ombudsmen attending a Navy training should bring a copy of the Navy OBT/CG Comparison guide.

Ombudsman Advanced Training - Coming Soon

Ombudsman Resources

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