U.S. Coast Guard
Enlisted Assignments Branch EPM-2
Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA)
In November 2002, PATFORSWA stood up as a contingency operation, following a US NAVY request for patrol boats in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. PATFORSWA was later commissioned as a permanent duty station in June 2004. Standard tour length is one year, dependent restricted, non-isolated PCS assignments. PATFORSWA was later commissioned as a permanent duty station in June 2004. Standard tour length is one year, dependent restricted, non-isolated PCS assignment.
All solicitations are being released via rated and non-rate specific ALCGENL solicitations in September. As PATFORSWA vacancies may occur throughout the assignment year, members are encouraged to monitor ALCGENL Bulletins in for the latest vacancies and information.
Cutter underway OPTEMPO is very high, often in excess of 4000 hours annually. While underway, cutters conduct maritime interception operations, maritime security operations, river patrols, off-shore oil infrastructure security, and training engagements with regional partners. In-port routines are similar to that of a stateside 110' patrol boat with a combination of crew rest, training, maintenance and mission preparations. Cutter personnel are responsible for cutter maintenance and normal in-port watch stations. Racks are available for both male and female applicants.
Priority one assignments are available aboard the following cutters:
RELIEF WPB EPO and RELIEF WPB FS.
Shoreside personnel augment and share responsibility for all cutter maintenance, much like a MAT and a Sector. Additionally, all shoreside personnel provide anti-terrorism force protection (ATFP) support, which is why all personnel are required to obtain a PDW, M-16/M-4 qualifications, and pass Task 1-01 Physical Fitness Standards of the Boarding Team/Boarding Officer PQS. All shoreside positions are available to men and women.
Middle East Training Team Positions
The Middle East Training Team (METT) is responsible for providing specialized LE and tactical proficiency training to all the cutters in theater. METT members also certify cutter crews in the Water Survival Training Program and ensure that cutter crews are outfitted with the appropriate LE and tactical equipment needed to conduct boardings. In addition, they regularly participate in Theater Security Cooperation engagements with foreign navies and coast guards throughout the region - sharing their expertise on LE boarding procedures and counter-smuggling.
The following are the METT positions, which are all assignment priority one:
MEC - DDE METT LEADER
BM1 - DDE METT INSTRUCTOR
ME2 - DDE METT INSTRUCTOR
ME2 - DDE METT INSTRUCTOR
ME3 - DDE METT INSTRUCTOR
METT instructors will complete a train the trainer program in addition to the pre-deployment training attended by all other PATFORSWA personnel. Personnel assigned must be highly motivated, professional, and extremely confident in their swimming ability.
We are looking for applicants who will be confident when training Coast Guardsmen and when conducting professional exchanges with foreign military units. Applicants with extensive law enforcement experience, especially at an MSRT, TACLET or MSST, are most desired.
Redeployment Assistance and Inspection Detachment Positions *
For AY15, RAID billets will no longer be filled. Those members currently assigned will complete their tours.
PATFORSWA Assignment Criteria
The assignment criteria for all enlisted PATFORSWA positions are as follows. Applicants must be:
(a) At least 18 years of age at deployment date.
(b) Members who are tour complete in the current assignment year will be
given preference. Members with tour completion dates for the following two
assignment years will be considered.
(c) Must be suitable for overseas assignment in accordance with Chapter
1.H of MILITARY ASSIGNMENTS AND AUTHORIZED ABSENCES.
(d) Must be a U.S. Citizen.
(e) Must be eligible for a secret clearance or higher.
(f) Must meet OBLISERV requirements (15 months from report date).
(g) *Must have completed Task 1-01, Physical Fitness Standards*, of
reference the CG Boarding Officer/Boarding Team Member PQS,
COMDTINST M16247.3B *within six months of application*, or as the
solicitation otherwise prescribes.
(h) *Must meet Coast Guard Weight Standards * in accordance with CG
Weight and Body Fat Standards Program Manual, COMDTINST
(i) E-resume *must include a Command Endorsement.*
(j) Must possess a driver's license valid for entire overseas tour.
In addition to the above criteria, the assignment criteria for Middle East Training Team *(METT) positions also include:
(a) Command endorsement for special assignment instructor position in
accordance with Chapter 1.E.6 of MILITARY ASSIGNMENTS AND AUTHORIZED ABSENCES.
(b) OPSHL qualification code is desired, but not required.
(c) TACLET, MSST DSF or MSRT experience is a highly desired, but not
In addition to (a) through (j) above, it is desired, but not required, that RAID applicants have container inspection experience.
PATFORSWA Assignment Procedures
Enlisted members should follow the assignment procedures as listed in their rate-specific solicitation and/or website. Due to the dynamics and pipeline training required for each rating, e-resume deadlines may differ. The majority of rated PATFORSWA application deadlines will be no later than 15 OCT of each assignment year. All members interested in being placed in the pool for any advertised position are required to submit a command endorsed e-resume.
To be most competitive for this assignment, members should seek every opportunity to meet all the above assignment criteria before applying to these positions. However, we completely understand that patrols, deployments, local support facilities, and other operational and logistical constraints may make it unfeasible to complete all of this before your e-resume deadline. Your comments and your commanding officer’s endorsement should discuss whether you are or will be able to meet the assignment criteria prior to arrival to Pre-Deployment Training.
Enlisted applicants should be aware that documented rated experience and qualifications, as well as weapons qualifications may take precedence over assignment priority when ordering members into these critical fill positions.
PATFORSWA Weapons Requirements
encouraged to spend as much time on the range as possible, prior to
Pre-Deployment Training. All members reporting to PATFORSWA Training
should have a 'Basic' qualification with the personal defense weapon (PDW).
A 3029 showing proof of a Basic PDW qualification (or PPC in lieu of basic
in accordance with MLEM) will allow PPC course of fire at PDT. This method
of qualification is identical with the M-16/M-4; the member must provide at
least a 3029 showing proof of a 'Basic' qualification (or showing proof of
PATFORSWA Command Endorsements
Commanding Officer’s endorsements for all PATFORSWA positions should address:
(a) Verify that the member meets all assignment criteria above.
(b) *List of member’s CG Small Arms qualifications*, including most recent certification date. Prior to arrival, all members are expected to qualify on 9MM or SIG .40 CAL. Basic course and the M-16 or M-4 Basic courses. If member does not have a current qualification for either a PDW or rifle, the endorsement should address member’s potential to qualify prior to arrival to PDT.
(c) Summarize previous law enforcement or Anti-terrorism/Force Protection
(d) Summarize shipboard experience/shipboard support experience within the last five years *(afloat applicants only)*.
(e) Verify that member has a driver’s license valid for the entire tour length.
(f) Any backfill requirements. When addressing backfills for members not tour complete in the upcoming AY, Commands should keep in mind that receiving an immediate backfill is not always possible. The Command’s backfill
request will factor into the candidate selection process.
Maritime Infrastructure Protection Force – Training Advisory Group (MIPF-TAG)
The MIPF-TAG was fully established in 2012 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to develop a 5,000 person maritime security force charged with protecting the Kingdom’s critical maritime infrastructure. Members will be deployed to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for a 1 year unaccompanied, dependant restricted tour. For details regarding the operational nature and cultural considerations of this assignment, contact the POC listed in the solicitation message. These positions additionally require an endorsement for Instructor Duty per COMDT Instruction Manual 1000.8 Chapter 1.E.6.
The following are the available MIPF-TAG positions which are available at Assignment Priority 1:
BMCS – DDE-FACILITY SEC FORCE TM MBR (3 Positions)
BM1 - DDE-FACILITY SEC FORCE TM MBR
MK1 - DDE-FACILITY SEC FORCE TM MBR (2 Positions)
MECS - DDE-FACILITY SEC FORCE TM MBR
MEC - DDE-FACILITY SEC FORCE TM MBR (2 Positions)
ME1 - DDE-FACILITY SEC FORCE TM MBR
YN1 - DDE-FACILITY SEC FORCE TM MBR
The assignment criteria for all enlisted positions are as follows:
a) 18 years of age at deployment date
b) Tour complete in the present assignment year or as the rating specific solicitation states.
c) Suitable for overseas assignment per Chap. 1.H.3. of the Military Assignments and Authorized Absences Manual, COMDTINST M1000.8
d) A U.S. Citizen
e) Eligible for a secret clearance or higher
f) Meet obligated service requirements of 12 months from reporting date
g) Meet weight and body fat standards per the CG Weight and Body Fat Standards Program Manual, COMDTINST M1020.8G
h) Must not have any adverse enlisted performance evaluations within the last three years prior to e-Resume submission. An adverse performance evaluation would be those that have any one mark less than a four and/or unsatisfactory conduct. Being not recommended for advancement is not disqualifying.
All command endorsements will be completed in Direct Access. No hardcopy endorsements are required. It should address the following:
a) Verify the member meets all assignment criteria above.
b) Highlight Law Enforcement or Security experience.
c) Address backfill requirements. When addressing backfills for members not tour complete in the present AY, commands should keep in mind that an immediate backfill is not always possible. The command’s request will factor into the candidate selection process.
Members assigned to these support positions will be
entitled to the FOL compensation PKG:
- Imminent Danger Pay, currently $225 per mo. **Change 1 Jun 2014. IDP will no longer be available to those stationed in Bahrain, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. Those working in Afghanistan will continue to receive IDP. Bahrain, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia will instead receive Hardship Duty Pay – Location (HDP-L) which is $50 per mo. for Bahrain/Kuwait, $150 for Saudi Arabia** - Refer to ALCOAST 193/14 for details.
- Family Separation Allowance, currently $250 per mo for all eligible
- Combat Zone Tax Relief - currently all Federal Pay is Tax-Exempt (Most
states are also Tax Exempt).
- Any Selective Rating Bonuses earned while assigned to PATFORSWA will
also be tax free.
- Rest and Recuperation (R & R) Leave Period with travel at Government
expense per 12 month tour. **Change for those deploying after 1 June 2014 – This benefit is tied to Imminent Danger Pay Zones. Those members attending PDT in May 2014 will receive this benefit, but those attending PDT in September 2014 and beyond will not be eligible for this benefit.**
- Increased Thrift Savings Plan Opportunities.
- Savings Deposit Program eligibility - Special Savings Program allowing
deposits up to $10K earning 10% interest.
- Transfer as an assignment Priority 1 or 2
- Level 3 Sea Pay for Afloat Positions, commensurate with pay grade and
cumulative sea time.
- Special Duty Assignment Pay is under consideration for MIPF-TAG positions.
- OCONUS COLA w/o dependants. Calculate your amount here:
PCS Entitlement Guide - PCS Entitlements and SPO Instructions for Personnel Reporting To PATFORSWA and Cutters Supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Also refer to Chapter 2.F of the Personnel and Pay Procedures Manual.
Pre-Deployment Training (PDT) is MANDATORY for ALL members assigned to PATFORSWA, its cutters, and the MIPF-TAG. PATFORSWA PDT is 7 to 8 weeks in length and is held in Moyock, NC. Some additional training requirements may apply to specific assignments.
Notional Annual PATFORSWA PDT Dates:
JAN - Afloat positions
MAY - Shoreside positions
SEP - Afloat and Shoreside positions
For more information concerning PATFORSWA Pre-Deployment Training or the operational nature of PATFORSWA assignment, you may also call LT Tracy Burris SMTC Admin Detachment at (757) 295-2234.
MIPF-TAG PDT is arranged by CG-DCO-I and is held once per year. For questions regarding PDT or the operational nature of this assignment, contact the program manager at (202) 372-4491.
EPM-2 Contact Information for PATFORSWA and MIPF-TAG:
Central Assignment Coordinator:
LCDR Brad Kelly
Phone: (703) 872 - 6593
MK: CWO John Ellis
EM: CWO Byron Belmas
BM: CWO Tracy Randall
FS: CWO Timothy Lemelin
OS: CWO Thomas Connelie
ET: CWO Tim O’Donnell
IT & ETC: CWO Quincy Brown
YN: CWO Dave Schuster (E6 & Above), CWO Tina Tennyson (E5 & Below)
DC: CWO Donald Slowik
SK: CWO John Caicedo
GM: CWO Donald Sanders
HS: CWO Mike Ford
ME: CWO Tim Waldt
Special Assignments: CWO Donald Wiley
Non-Rate: OS1 Jason Stanley