U.S. Coast Guard
Enlisted Assignments Branch EPM-2
Patrol 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 assignment.
All solicitations are being released via rated and non-rate specific ALCGENL solicitations in SEP. As PATFORSWA vacancies may occur throughout the assignment year, members are encouraged to monitor message board in the event that we need to re-solicit.
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 in the following afloat crews:
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 shore-side 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 training to all the cutters in theater and certifying their Level II Non-Compliant Boarding Teams. In addition, they regularly augment other teams and assets in theater and perform boardings in the Gulf, train foreign military units throughout the region and conduct special demonstrations for visiting VIP's.
The following are the METT
positions, which are all assignment priority one:
MEC - DDE METT LEADER
BM1 - DDE METT INSTRUCTOR
BM2 - DDE METT INSTRUCTOR
BM2 - DDE METT INSTRUCTOR
ME3 - DDE METT INSTRUCTOR
METT instructors go through a highly demanding train the trainer program in addition to the pre-deployment training attended by all other PATFORSWA personnel. They learn how to teach Close Quarters Battle, Container Climbing and Breaching along with other specialized skills. Personnel assigned must be highly motivated, able to work on their own and extremely professional.
These METT positions are also designated as Instructor, and require further Instructor assignment criteria as per Chapter 1.E of MILITARY ASSIGNMENTS AND AUTHORIZED ABSENCES. We are looking for applicants who will be confident when training Coast Guardsmen and other international law enforcement and military units. Also, applicants with extensive law enforcement experience, especially at an MSRT, TACLET or MSST, are most desired.
Redeployment Assistance and Inspection Detachment Positions
The current Redeployment Assistance and Inspection Detachment (RAID) Team consists of Coast Guard members deployed with the U.S Army in support of the shipment of materials in and out of the war zones. Their mission is to assist DOD with the safe re-deployment of containerized cargo as well as the storage and segregation of hazardous materials. The Coast Guard's goal is to ensure hazardous material is properly prepared for shipment and for re-entry to U.S. ports. The team moves from one Forward Operating Base to another, making them among the few Coasties that have been that far forward with the US Army in a combat zone.
2010 was the first time that the RAID Team became PCS assignments under the PATFORSWA Command structure. Members with PCS orders to RAID positions will be entitled to the same compensations as listed below for PATFORSWA. All PATFORSWA information and checklists will apply to RAID positions, unless otherwise notified by SMTC.
In addition to meeting the general PATFORSWA assignment criteria below, it
is desired that applicants have container inspection experience. However,
all interested members of the appropriate pay grades, regardless of their
assignment history and rotation date, are encouraged to apply.
The following are the RAID positions, which are all an assignment priority one:
MKC - RAID MBR
DC1 - RAID MBR
DC2 - RAID MBR
ET1 - RAID MBR
EM1 - RAID MBR
MSTC - RAID MBR (2 POSITIONS)
MST1 - RAID MBR
MST2 - RAID MBR (3 POSITIONS)
POCM - RAID MBR (SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS DETAILER)
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 Feb 2011*, 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.
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 NLT 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.
Members are 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 either the SIG .40 cal or the Berretta 9mm. A 3029 showing proof of a Basic qual (or PPC in lieu of basic in accordance with MLEM) with either of these weapons will allow us to move forward with the PPC course of fire on the Berretta 9mm. 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 the PRC).
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 qual 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) List any previous Army, container inspection, HAZMAT response or
Prevention experience. *(RAID applicants only)*
(f) Verify that member has a valid driver’s license.
(g) 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.
Members assigned to these
support positions will be entitled to the FOL compensation PKG:
- Imminent Danger Pay, currently $225 per mo.
- 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.
- 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.
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 and its cutters. PDT is 7 to 8 weeks in length and is held in Moyock, NC. Some additional training requirements may apply to specific assignments.
Annual PDT Dates:
JAN - Afloat positions
MAY - Shoreside positions
SEP - Afloat and Shoreside positions
For more information concerning Pre-Deployment Training or the operational nature of this assignment, you may also call CWO Marianne McCormack at SMTC Admin Detachment at (757)295-2234.
Non Rate solicitation:
Please refer to the most recent solicitation message for all pertinent information. All Non Rate PATFORSWA correspondence should now be sent to:
Beginning with the spring non-rate solicitation the form below will be required to submit a request for PATFORSWA.
New Non Rate submission form:
EPM-2 PATFORSWA Contact
Central Assignment Coordinator
LCDR Brad Kelly
Phone: (703) 872-6593
For Rating specific
information concerning assignment to PATFORSWA, please visit the individual
MK: CWO Scott Moore
EM: CWO Trevor Dalee
BM: CWO William Weaver
FS: CWO Chad Adams
OS: CWO Robert Swanson
ET: CWO Erik Peterson
IT & ETC: CWO Steven Chapman
YN: CWO Frank Jennings
DC: CWO Dan Johnson
SK: CWO John Caicedo
GM: CWO Richard Ward
HS: CWO Martin Antuna
ME: CWO Jimmy "Mitch" Workman
NONRATE: Primary: YN2 Kyle Rubino