International Affairs (CG-DCO-I), Training & Technical Assistance
Coast Guard Academy
Four-year education for select international students...
The Coast Guard accepts a limited number of highly qualified international students to attend the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. Since 1971, over 100 cadets from 34 countries have graduated from the Academy. Several Academy graduates have served as heads of service and in other leadership positions around the world.
Each year over 200 students from more than 75 countries attend formal courses of instruction at Coast Guard schools and receive On-the-Job Training at operational units. With more than 70 courses available, international students can learn technical, management and leadership skills in all U.S. Coast Guard mission areas, as well as observe and practice those skills in an operational environment. Among the institutions hosting international students are Training Centers located in Mobile, AL, Petaluma, CA, and Yorktown, VA, as well as the Leadership Development Center in New London, CT.
The Coast Guard also offers professional military education in a specialized course entitled the International Maritime Officers Course (IMOC). It is only open to international students and is attended by junior and mid-level officers from around the world.
Since the first IMOC convening class in 1995, 550 students from 94 countries have graduated. IMOC participants study the organization, planning, management and operation of a multi-mission maritime force. Presented in a seminar format with guest instructors and lecturers from the military, civilian, and academic communities, IMOC helps develop maritime service leaders who will hold positions of prominence and responsibility.
While attending IMOC, students participate in activities that expose them to many aspects of American society.
A growing area of emphasis throughout the world is crisis management. For this reason, the Coast Guard developed a course that was specifically designed for tackling the difficult issues involved in a major maritime crisis. The Crisis Command and Control Course (International) is designed to strengthen command and staff functions in the management of and response to emergency situations. This international-only course includes best practices learned through our own practical experience in disasters such the Exxon Valdez in Alaska, TWA crash off Long Island, and several major hurricanes. Participants study Environmental Pollution Response and Control, SAR Coordination, Interagency Coordination - military, civilian, federal, state, and Non-Government Organizations (NGO), best methods for handling public affairs in a high stress environment, risk management, and Incident Command System.
The course also covers exercise design and development as a core component in the process of development of a high state of organizational preparedness. Students work on a pre-designed hurricane scenario to develop and implement major objectives, supporting objectives, major sequence of events, exercise data collection and analysis.