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PSU: Boat Division vs Security Division
Last Post 10 Jan 2013 12:46 PM by ClaytonR. 2 Replies.
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22 Oct 2012 02:50 AM
    Hello all!

    I recently had the pleasure of speaking with an ME1 at PSU 312, and he had discussed some basic and obvious differences between boat divisions and security divisions in PSU's.

    Is there anyone on here who has worked both? (or multiple people who have worked one or the other?)

    What are your experiences? Pro's and con's in your opinion?
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    09 Jan 2013 08:12 PM
    Shoreside: Pros -- learn a lot of ground tactics, weapons, physical security etc. As an ME, I loved my time with shoreside because we did a lot of weapon work and got a lot of trigger time. We were expected to be the experts in all our weapons to help the GM's with PQS, range officers and general maintenance. I was also in the best shape of my life as we had a chief and a few first classes that were really into running and liked to have a lot of company with them on their runs.

    Cons -- I joined the Coast Guard to be on boats and I didn't see a boat the entire time I was on shoreside.


    Waterside: Pros -- LOVE being on boats. Doing tactical maneuvers in a boat at high speeds while handling a weapon is what I signed up for to begin with. Running security zones and learning use of force on the water not only for CONUS operations but for OCONUS was really interesting. It also helps that I'm in FL so it's always pretty perfect boating weather and we can get underway more than the other PSU's.

    Cons -- Not as much trigger time as Shoreside and I kind of miss it. I'm still a weapons PQS instructor so I usually fill at least a day a month teaching the basic operations of the weapons we have but it's just not the same.


    All in all, I would rather be on waterside than shoreside because it's the whole reason why I joined the Coast Guard vs any other branch. It has definitely been valuable training on both sides though and I'm glad I got to do both. This is just my personal take on what I experienced on both sides of it all. If you have anything else come up, send me a message.


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    10 Jan 2013 12:46 PM
    Thank you!!
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