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Tactical Procedures Practice Exercise 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.

Course Code


Qualification Code



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

Prerequisites for Attendance

  1. Member is within maximum allowable weight in accordance with Coast Guard Weight and Body Fat Standards Program Manual, COMDTINST M1020.8 (series)
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. 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 Portal site.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
Note Failure to meet the above prerequisites may result in disenrollment from the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy.


All waivers must be approved by COMDT (CG-MLE-2).

How to Apply

Note Many PWCS convenings have been scheduled to start immediately following the completion of a BOC course. Members requesting to attend a BOC course followed by the PWCS course must submit two separate ETRs, one for each course. Provided comments in both ETRs indicating your request to attend both classes consecutively.


Visit TQC's website on the portal for future class dates.

Course Chief


LT Mike Browning
U. S. Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Academy
(843) 746-7940

Last Modified 5/31/2016