This could be a little long so just bear with me here. I'm going to as much detail as possible.
So my friend on the cutter I serve on (B1) has a brother (they enlisted together) at a nearby small boat station (B2) and he's getting screwed over by his command. He arrived in October of last year and has been trying to get qualified. We work on the Great Lakes so when he got here the boats got pulled out of the water before the lakes freeze over during ice season. They just put the small boats back in the water this past May and he's been struggling to get underway with the small boat for signs off ever since. They kept focusing on the guy who came before him because he showed up a week before B2. It got to the point where he had three weeks left to get a bunch of sign offs he needed to get underway for before they put him on training status (he studies 24/7 while on duty, literally just staring in front of a computer studying stuff he already has committed to memory, and has to stay till 1500 on off-going days when he'd normally get off at around 0800). B1 told me about this while we were on duty together and I recommended that B2 make a journal logging every time the station got underway without him and the reason why, which actually motivated them to start getting him underway more.
So fast forward three weeks and the only qualification he's missing is a tow qual. Despite it not being his fault and having a journal of evidence supporting him, his command still put him on training status (they literally told him it wasn't his fault, but they couldn't make an exception for some reason). Fast forward to the present and starting this Monday he'll have to stay at the small boat station 24/7 and be studying all day until he's qualified. The only breaks he'll be allowed are when he's eating, sleeping, or while on duty. He's done everything he can to try and get qualified, constantly reminding them that he needs to get underway and he keeps getting ignored. They just recently got underway for a trip late at night that ended up in three tows (they didn't know it would result in the three tows, but he should have been underway with them regardless). He's gone to the station XPO multiple times to ask for help and the XPO has told B2's superiors to get him underway but nothing has happened and the XPO isn't available right now so B2 can't talk to him.
I know this isn't my problem, but I feel bad for him. He's a nonrate at the station and I'm really lucky on my cutter as a nonrate I love my job. The command is amazing and we're really laid back, but I can't imagine being in a situation like that. Is there something he can do to resolve this? Can he go to work life or anyone? This feels like a complete dereliction of duty on B2's superiors part. I don't feel like this would happen if B2 was a petty officer and it's infuriating to me that they would let this happen. It's stuff like this that makes the Coast Guard look bad and discourages people from joining. So what can he do? Does anyone think anything can be done.