Nov. 20, 2020 —
R 181249 NOV 20
FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//CG-5R//
UNCLAS FOUO //N16247//
SUBJ: COVID-19 GUIDANCE ON MARITIME LAW ENFORCEMENT (MLE) INITIAL AND CURRENCY
A. U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Competency Qualification Manual (LECQM),
COMDTINST M16247.3 (series)
B. COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC 051208 MAY 20/ALCOAST 159/20
C. COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC 241425 MAR 20/ALCOAST 103/20
1. Purpose: Provide policy guidance on the completion of Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE)
tasks and sub-tasks required for initial qualification, recertification, and currency
maintenance requirements for CY21.
2. Discussion: Law Enforcement qualification tasks outlined in REF (A) are currently
required on a semi-annual or annual calendar year schedule. In CY20, no initial or
recertification tasks for any law enforcement position were waived. Due to COVID-19
concerns, the semi-annual Physical Fitness Test for the first half of CY20 was waived
per REF (B) and weapons qualifications were extended until September 30, 2020 per
REF (C). All currency tasks remained a requirement for completion within CY20.
3. For currently qualified law enforcement officers, if any currency task was not
completed within the CY20 period, the member must be decertified on 01 January 2021.
Additionally, all semi-annual and annual law enforcement tasks for initial,
recertification, or currency qualifications are required to be completed on schedule
4. For some tasks, it is not possible to demonstrate proficiency without person on
person contact. In order to reduce the risks of person on person contact, units must
implement appropriate mitigation practices. These include, but are not limited to:
limiting the number of participants for training activities, sanitizing mats and
training gear following each evolution, conducting training with the same duty section,
pairing with the same training partner, and maintaining social distancing guidelines
when not demonstrating techniques. Wave masters, kick pads, and body opponent bags
should be utilized to complete tasks in accordance with task lesson plans located on
the MLEA Portal at:
5. Commands may submit a waiver request memo through their chain of command to
COMDT (CG-MLE-2) if they feel they are unable to complete currency requirements.
This waiver request must include the following: the member or members unable to complete
training, law enforcement qualification held, which tasks they are unable to complete
and when they were last completed, a corrective action plan for member(s) to complete
training, and a specific statement of what the waiver request is for (e.g. current
qualifications valid to a certain date, to permit individuals who lapsed in currency
to continue performing their law enforcement duties, etc.). These requests can be sent
to the point of contact in paragraph 6.
6. POC: COMDT (CG-MLE-2), CWO3 Lee Conroy, (202) 372-2171, Lee.J.Conroy@uscg.mil.
7. RDML Scott W. Clendenin, Assistant Commandant for Response Policy, sends.
8. Internet release is not authorized.