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Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security Course

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MLE Academy LogoThe program is designed to provide the boarding officer with the specific concepts and practical experience necessary to safely conduct Security Boardings and Law Enforcement Ashore at facilities in compliance with CG policy, US law, and international treaties. Practical exercises will take place onboard a 494’ Merchant vessel and adjacent maritime facility which includes a pier, container yard, entry control point and perimeter fence.

Course Code


Qualification Code



5 training days over one week.


  • Introduction to the Maritime Industry
  • MTSA / ISPS Overview
  • Authority and Jurisdiction for PWCS
  • Coast Guard policy for conducting PWCS (MSRO Manual)
  • Security Boarding Procedures
  • Law Enforcement Ashore Procedures
  • TWIC enforcement and fraudulent documents
  • Security Boarding Case Study

Prerequisites for Attendance


a. Must be a qualified Coast Guard Boarding Officer;

b. Assigned to unit conducting PWCS with at least 18 months remaining at the unit or have orders to a unit conducting PWCS;

c. Member is within maximum allowable weight in accordance with Allowable Weight Standards for Coast Guard Military Personnel, COMDTINST M1020.8 (series); and

d. Member possess, in the opinion of the CO/OIC, the requisite judgment, maturity, attitude, and aptitude to serve as a Boarding Officer (Certified Ashore).

Though it is not a course prerequisite, it is highly recommended students read the Maritime Security and Response Operations Manual (MSRO) COMDTINST M16600.6 and Maritime Law Enforcement Manual Chapter 10 (MLEM) COMDTINST M16247.1 (series) prior to reporting.

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.


Last Modified 1/12/2016