The Boarding Officer Course (BOC) is offered to U.S. Coast Guard personnel and foreign naval officers. The purpose of the BOC is to prepare Boarding Officers for the arduous duties associated with enforcing laws and treaties at sea. Graduates of the BOC possess the skills and knowledge necessary to lead a Coast Guard boarding team in the enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations in a safe and professional manner. During the five week course, students receive training in a variety of courses including: criminal law, defensive tactics, boating safety and many others. Students are evaluated verbally, in writing, and through performance based training evolutions.
Credit recommendation from American Council on Education (ACE) applies retroactively to 01 November, 2004 as follows: in the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in defensive tactics, 3 in criminal investigations, 3 in criminal evidence and procedures, and 1 in instructor techniques.
24 training days over five weeks.
- Authority and Jurisdiction
- Use of Force
- Tactical Procedures
- Criminal Law
- Constitutional Law
- Defensive Tactics
- Arrest Procedures
- Maritime Law Enforcement Boarding Procedures
- Confined Spaces
- Boating Safety Regulations
- Commercial Fishing Industry regulations
- Boating under the Influence Enforcement
- Hostage Situations
- Fraudulent Document
All waivers must be approved by COMDT (CG-MLE-2).
LT Alexander Hokenson
U. S. Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Academy