The New Year marks the beginning of a new career path for some Guardians. As Coast Guard commands across the nation ceremoniously induct members into the new Maritime Enforcement Specialist (ME) rate, these Guardians are not only making Coast Guard history and becoming plank owners of the new rate but they are also illustrating the service’s commitment to maritime homeland security.
Coast Guard MEs will serve on the front lines in operations including maritime law enforcement, anti-terrorism, force protection and physical security operations in ports across the world. The initial ME rate will be filled by legacy Port Security Specialists and other Guardians who fit the eligibility requirements. These Guardians will set the mark for what it means to be an ME and are being given a unique opportunity to devote the rest of their Coast Guard careers to maritime security. They will deploy with law enforcement detachments (LEDET) aboard Navy ships and with Maritime Safety and Security Teams (MSST) in ports across the world as well as Coast Guard stations and cutters conducting boardings and drug or migrant interdictions.
Future members of the ME rate will attend over two months of training at the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in Charleston, South Carolina. The first class is scheduled to start in February 2010.
For more information about the new ME rating, watch this video. For more multimedia and imagery of the ME rating, search the Coast Guard Visual Information Gallery (CGVI) for “Maritime Enforcement Specialist.”