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OS "A" School Course Outline

The Operation Specialist will spend 18 weeks, 2 to 3 weeks in each course, to learn the skills necessary to become an OS3 upon graduation.  The Operations Specialist (OS) rating is the tactical command, control, and communications rating.  Operations Specialists will use the technology employed in afloat Combat Information Centers and Operations Center Command and Control Systems to employ Coast Guard tactics, procedures, and doctrine.  The OS is the eyes, ears, and voice of the Coast Guard for the Maritime Community.

INDOC – Petty Officer Indoctrination Program

This course introduces effective leadership and management skills necessary for every successful Coast Guard petty officer.

Operations Fundamentals

This course defines what the Operations Specialist is and provides an advanced organizer to the OS3 Curriculum.

Shipboard Communications

This course instructs students, working as a team, to combine information from the resources available and construct an accurate navigation picture.

Latitude / Longitude

This course will provide you with the skills necessary to determine a location expressed as latitude and longitude using a nautical chart.


This course provides you with the steps to setup and operate a Command, Control, Communications, Computer and Intelligence system (C4I)). Specifically, Shipboard Command and Control System (SCCS).

Sector Operations

This course will provide you with the foundation for being a  Communications Unit

watch stander at a Coast Guard Sector.

Shipboard Operations

This course will provide you with the basic radar fundamentals, navigation, and maneuvering board for shipboard operations.

Capstone Event

This course tests your ability to combine all the skill sets learned in the previous courses. Students will participate in scenarios involving underway Combat Information Center (CIC) operations and Sector Command Center operations

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