Reserve Officer FAQ

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  • Port Security Units (PSUs) are expeditionary forces primarily responsible for providing the Department of Defense layered defensive protection utilizing both waterside and landside security forces. The PSUs can also provide limited domestic support to Captains of the Port in executing port security operations.

  • Port Security Units are organized, trained, and equipped to provide

    physical security, maritime interdiction capability, and point defense of

    strategic shipping, designated critical infrastructure, and high value


  • Port Security Units consist of boatcrews (BM/MK), landside security personnel (ME), a Command and Control element (OS), and support personnel (MK/DC/EM/HS/YN/SK).

  • There are eight Port Security Units located around the United States in Cape Cod, MA; Fort Eustis, VA; Port Clinton, OH; Kiln, MS; Clearwater, FL; San Pedro, CA; San Francisco, CA; and Everett, WA.

  • Port Security Units are expeditionary units and are routinely deployed overseas in support of the Department of Defense.

  • Drills are periods are Inactive-Duty Training (IDT), under orders, scheduled for the performance of augmentation training, formal training, or unit training. No more than two drills can be performed on one calendar day, and each drill must be at least four hours long. Most units schedule multiple drills over one weekend each month (two drills Saturday and two drills Sunday).

  • No. Some Coast Guard units, especially for aviation, only have billets for active-duty personnel. Reserve opportunities are available in many locations but are job and geographic specific.

  • By law, as a member of the Coast Guard Reserve, you must, upon request, be granted a leave of absence to satisfy a requirement for military training. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act says that employers are required to provide reservists with time away from their jobs to perform military duty. However, you must notify your employer that you intend to take military leave. You must be re-employed after completion of your military duty and returned to your job within a reasonable time. You must be treated as though you had never left employment, including scheduled pay raises, promotions or credit for longevity or vacation. Your employer has to hold a job for up to 60 months if you accept voluntary orders.

  • The Coast Guard is proud to have fully integrated women in our operations at all echelons since 1978. The Coast Guard recognizes that our mission readiness is directly tied to the health and well-being of our service members and that childbirth can be a challenge for women in the service. Accordingly, the Commandant has directed eligible members be authorized up to 12 weeks of maternity leave following the birth of a child.