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California Reserve ME units
Last Post 14 Jul 2018 08:10 PM by NathanAZ. 9 Replies.
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04 Jul 2018 07:49 PM
    I am looking to join the CG reserves and am looking at becoming a Maritime Enforcement Specialist. I know there are units at San Diego and Long Beach for the ME rating but I have any not been able to find out what type of units they are. Does anyone know if they would be a PSU, MSST, or just a sector unit. Any knowledge of whether either of the above locations are decent units to be assigned to. Lastly, can anyone give me an idea of what the ME reservist do on their standard drills and their 2 week tours? I was prior in the AF reserves and am hoping to get into something a little more applicable to my current civilian job as I am a state trooper. Thanks for any help.
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    04 Jul 2018 09:23 PM
    Of the three units you've listed, I know PSU's and Sectors have Reserve ME's assigned. I'm not 100% sure about MSST's. They did at one time. San Diego has a Sector Boarding Team. San Pedro has both a Sector Boarding Team, a PSU and a MSST.

    The majority of CG Reservists are assigned to active duty units. In other words, you're working alongside the active duty personnel. The only exception are PSU's. They still operate on the traditional Reserve model. That is, everyone meets on the same weekend and comes in for their two weeks active duty at the same time.

    PSU's are trained to deploy anywhere in the world within 96 hours of notice to to provide protection to US Naval assets. Sector Boarding Teams do security boardings of inbound and outbound vessels. If you're at a Sector, your weekends will consist of doing these boardings. If at a PSU, you'll be training so that you're ready to deploy if needed.

    As far as location, San Diego is much better. San Pedro is a dump. The CG base is at the edge of the Port of Los Angeles ( which you have to navigate through to get to the base) and adjacent to a Federal Prison.

    On a final note, I'd suggest you look into the IV (Criminal Investigator) rating. It's far more flexible in scheduling than the ME rating and more applicable to your civilian job.

    I've been an IV since 2005, and in the Reserves since 2001, so I can answer any questions you may have.
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    04 Jul 2018 10:15 PM
    Thanks for the info. I was initially looking at the IV rating but I was told that they were mostly looking for sex crimes investigators by the recruiter I talked to. I'm a criminal investigator at my agency but I deal more with explosives related investigations. Also I live in the west side of Arizona and I was told that they were looking for more local cops. So that led me to ME rating since that looked like the second best option.
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    05 Jul 2018 10:10 AM
    The whole sex crimes investigaror thing is inaccurate. CGIS wants people with a well rounded investigative and law enforcement background. Unfortunately, most recruiters don't really understand the IV rating or how our recrutiment process works. 

    I've enjoyed the IV experience immensely. The flexibility in scheduling drills and annual active duty periods, no uniform requirement, and the opportunity to directly apply my civilian skill set to my CG job.   

    Again, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me.

    Best of luck!

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    05 Jul 2018 12:50 PM
    Thank, I have to look back at the IV rating again. Is there any open IV slots in CA at this time? Also, as I said, I'm an Arizona LE officer. I heard that CGIS was more looking for officers that were local to the area around the unit. Do you know if they take individuals from adjacent states?
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    05 Jul 2018 08:44 PM
    I'm pretty sure the San Diego office has an IV opening. I'd have to confirm that for you though. As for coming in from other states, it does happen. There's an IV who resides in CO, but reports to the Washington (DC) Field Office
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    08 Jul 2018 07:33 AM
    I was AD liaison officer for the reserve MEs at Sector LA/LB during 2013-14. Unless its changed since then, we had anywhere from 12-15 reservists at a time that supplemented our sector boarding team. The expectation was that at a minimum, our guys/gals would get their boarding team member (BTM) qualification; however, petty officers and officers would need to work towards their boarding officer (BO) qualification. The BTM qual can get completed through OJT, but the BO qual requires attending the maritime law enforcement academy (MLEA) BO course in Charleston, SC. Reservists typically attend a shorter version of the course, I think two weeks if memory serves me correct.
    Once qualified, you'll spend your drilling days training, going over policy, and going getting out on the water doing actual boardings. A big sector like LA/LB also screens vessels coming in from foreign ports, so the reserve force is vital in providing additional personnel to help relieve the AD folks on weekends and during periods of high op-tempos. As you progress in rank, you'll have more of a managerial/supervisory role, and will be expected to support your junior folks in their obtaining/maintaining their qualifications/proficiency. The majority of our MEs worked in the LE field during their full time jobs, but isn't a requirement.
    MSSTs do occasionally employ reserve MEs, but they typically came from a sector and had already obtained their BO qualification. PSUs now employ MEs as well, however since they got rid of the Port Security rating I am not sure how the MEs play into this role (i.e. their training pipeline), although these units typically deploy for 3-6 months at a time.
    Hope this helps!
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    09 Jul 2018 07:48 AM
    Thanks, that info was very helpful. Based on all the info I have gotten, I am going to look back at the IV rating but if they don't have any openings, then I continue working towards trying to get an ME slot. Based on the information I have got, it sounds like the San Diego sector unit is the best option for me.
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    09 Jul 2018 02:38 PM
    Recently went through this process.  San Diego seemed to have fewer open reserve slots than Long Beach, much fewer.   PSU 311 in Long Beach does some really high-speed stuff and you'd be working with other reservists who mostly serve in a LE capacity like yourself.  Certainly worth a closer look if SD doesn't work out.  I have a POC on the reserve side who recruits for both, PM me for deets if you're interested.
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