Reservist

ISS4 2017

Reservist Magazine is the award-winning official publication of the United States Coast Guard Reserve. Quarterly issues include news and feature articles about the men and women who comprise America's premier national maritime safety and security

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3. Are you QUALIFIED? PSUs require additional skill sets beyond the regular Reserve boat forces competencies, but requirements will depend largely on the positions that need to be filled. You don't have to be tactically certified to apply. Additional training requirements will be met when you join the unit for pre-deployment training. Although there is no requirement for boarding officers (BO) or boarding team members (BTM) at a PSU, solicitations may request these competencies to ensure that members can meet the PSU's basic physical fitness and firearms qualifications requirements. Waterside Security Division positions require strong boat forces background to meet the mission of providing waterside anti-terrorism and force protection (ATFP). Requirements: • Be a coxswain and/or boat crew member on any platform, or an RB-M engineer (PSUs will provide training toward tactical competencies); • Be a good swimmer in order to pass water survival training program; • Possess current M-16 and/or Sig Sauer P229 DAK qualifications; • Desired (not required) skills include: previous PSU experience, previous tactical certifications and current weapons qualifications on the shot gun, M240B and/or MH2B (.50 caliber). Shoreside Security Division positions will benefit greatly from those with Law Enforcement or tactical experience and strong firearms proficiency to meet the mission of providing shoreside ATFP. Requirements: • Possess current M-16 and Sig Sauer P-229 DAK qualifications • Desired (not required) skills include: BO or BTM certification, Fire Arms Instructor (FAI) competency, and current weapons qualifications on the shot gun, M240B and/or MH2B (.50 Caliber); Opportunities for all ratings in the other divisions are almost always available as well. 4. Do you meet the medical requirements? As a reservist, you are constantly training to mobilize in support all of the Coast Guard's missions. As a part of your participation standards, you should be medically ready and have completed your periodic health (PHA) and dental assessments. Any other requirements, including additional vaccinations, will be addressed prior to deployment. It's important to note that applicants must not have any pre-existing conditions or injuries that could be aggravated on deployment, be prescribed any disqualifying medications, or be unwilling to take vaccinations. If you're in doubt, contact your servicing medical clinic for further information. 5. Do you meet the admin readiness requirements? Just as with medical requirements, administrative readiness is a necessary part of your normal participation standards. These include: mandated training and annual screening questionnaire completion, possession of a government travel charge card and security clearance, and weight or body fat compliance. Additionally, deploying members must not have over 16 years of active duty, have not completed over 1,095 days of ADOS in the last 1,460 days, and be within limitations for Boots on Ground (BOG) and Dwell. BOG and Dwell may be waived if you are willing to accept voluntary orders. The work of the PSUs is mentally and physically demanding, but it's also incredibly rewarding. If you're up for the challenge and want to have a little fun with some great reservists, then apply. We'd love for you to join us! If you have further questions or want to get a realistic preview into what lies ahead, feel free to contact the POCs listed in the solicitation, or get in touch with your local Reserve Force Readiness System (RFRS) staff. Issue 4 • 2017 � RESERVIST 31

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