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.
College Credit Recommendation
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.
Member is within maximum allowable weight in accordance with Coast Guard Weight and
Body Fat Standards Program Manual, COMDTINST M1020.8 (series)
Member has satisfactorily completed the Physical Fitness Standards Task of the U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Competency Qualifications Instruction, COMDTINST 16247.3 (series) within
30 days of reporting for training.
Member has satisfactorily completed the Practical Pistol Course (SIG P229R-Dak .40cal) and Judgmental Use of Force Evaluation (JUFE) Tasks of the U.S. Coast Guard Law
Enforcement Competency Qualifications Instruction, COMDTINST 16247.3 (series)
Medical Questionnaire/Fit For Full Duty Status reviewed.
Members must be cleared by a health services person as being
eligible to receive full face exposure (FFE) of OC Pepper
Spray. Medical questionnaire is contained in the Chemical
Irritant Lesson plan, available for download from the MLE
Member has either 18 months remaining at a shore side unit or 12 months remaining at an afloat unit or has orders to a unit with the expectation that the member will be serving in an LE capacity; and
Member possesses, in the opinion of the CO/OIC, the requisite judgment, maturity, attitude, and aptitude to serve as a Boarding Officer or Boarding Team Member.
Personnel who have attended the MLEA's BTM Course or ME A School are required to attend the two week Boarding Officer Practical Course (BOPC).