Basic Boarding Officer Course (BBOC)





    The Basic Boarding Officer Course (BBOC) is offered to U.S. Coast Guard personnel and foreign naval officers. The purpose of the BBOC is to prepare Boarding Officers for the arduous duties associated with enforcing laws and treaties at sea. Graduates of the BBOC 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.


    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  



    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 fit for full duty. 
    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).
    8. Members must complete full face exposure (FFE) of OC Pepper Spray prior to attending BBOC and posses a qualification memo signed by their command.

    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). The waiver is located on the MLE-2 Portal page.  


    How to Apply:


    Submit an Electronic Training Request (ETR) via Direct Access.


    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 ETQC's website on the portal for future class dates. 


    Course Chief:

    LTJG Nathan Ryan
    U. S. Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Academy
    (843) 746-7970