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12-23-2015, 07:03 #1
Navy Security - Officers
I am curious about something: which type of officers in the Navy manages the Shore Patrol? I know that the Army and Marine Corps have military police officers. In other words, officers who can chose MP as a occupational specialty. But, which naval officer designator or specialty manages the Shore Patrol?
12-23-2015, 16:11 #2Sergeant
- Join Date
- Jul 2000
- Western Hemisphere
"Shore Patrol" is a temporary detail in the USN & USCG during ship's liberty while on a port call. It's not an official rate/MOS. In the Navy, Shore Patrol designated personnel are managed by senior enlisted personnel trained in the MAA (Master-at-Arms) rate. In the USCG, they are managed by senior personnel rated as Boatswain's (pronounced: "Bos'n") Mates and/or Maritme Enforcement Specialists. FYI in the Navy & USCG the military occupational skill is called "rate" vs. "MOS." The commissioned officers who manage these enlisted personnel are typically the designated Officer of the DAY (OOD) or the Operations Officer of the ship, simply known as the "Ops Boss." There's no specific commissioned designator, with which I am familiar, regarding SP management; only whichever type of commissioned officer who happens to have been assigned OPS/OOD duty for that particular day. Hope this helps.Stay safe!
12-23-2015, 23:22 #3
If by shore patrol you mean the larger Naval security forces, there are officers who oversee the police and security functions at larger commands. Operationally this would be called the Security Officer, and in my experience was always either a warrant officer or limited duty officer (LDO) who came from the Master-at-Arms rate. I never met a fully commissioned officer assigned as the SO, not to say it doesn't happen but it isn't an officer career path like it may be in other branches.
12-24-2015, 09:54 #4
Thanks, gents. This makes sense now. I guess you can be an aviator or supply officer and rotate into security duty. I think this is the same with standing watch. It could be a surface warfare officer or a naval flight officer.