International Affairs (CG-DCO-I), Training & Technical Assistance
Each year Coast Guard training and technical assistance teams train approximately 2,500 international students in approximately 60 countries. Training is available in all Coast Guard mission areas and can also be tailored to host nation needs. The Coast Guard can deliver a complete package of training to small groups, multi-agency audiences, or several nations in a regional forum. Instructors often utilize lesson plans in the host nation's language for infusion into the host nation's training program.
The Coast Guard International Training Division (ITD) located at Training Center Yorktown, Virginia is the backbone of the Coast Guard's effort to provide training worldwide. Working with the International Affairs Staff, the ITD provides training and consulting services in maritime law enforcement, marine safety/environmental protection, small boat operation and maintenance, search and rescue, and infrastructure development for countries with waterway law enforcement programs. ITD personnel receive training in counter-terrorism, force protection, survival skills, and advanced training in their specialty fields. They are cross-trained in several Coast Guard missions. In addition, many ITD personnel are sent to language immersion training before deploying abroad.
As of 2009, the Coast Guard had long-term infrastructure development training in many nations including Albania, Georgia and Liberia.