The Coast Guard Is Not a Businessen boarding vessels, detaining crews, and seizing property from law offenders. To carry out its counter-drug, alien-migrant-interdiction mission, the service selects crews trained in tactics, techniques, and procedures to pursue smugglers. As a designated high-risk training instructor of these methods, I believe our current training quality and overall effectiveness to be inadequate. Coast Guard pursuit training does not prepare teams for the threats they face on the water today. This program, its training, and the curriculum must be enhanced.
We Are a Military
In spite of pleas from instructors, pursuit performance and training gaps are not being addressed with the necessary sense of urgency. Even though changes involve disagreements and gridlock among the hierarchy, the Coast Guard needs to expedite new procedures when they are eminently warranted. This can be accomplished if the service will decide once and for all whether it is a corporate enterprise or a military undertaking.