Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services

Occupation Exhibit

CGR-OS-002

OPERATIONS SPECIALIST
OS3
OS2
OS1
OSC
OSCS
OSCM

Exhibit Dates: 11/11–4/15.

Career Pattern
SN: Seaman (E-3). OS3: Operations Specialist Third Class (E-4). OS2: Operations Specialist Second Class (E-5). OS1: Operations Specialist First Class (E-6). OSC: Chief Operations Specialist (E-7). OSCS: Senior Chief Operations Specialist (E-8). OSCM: Master Chief Operations Specialist (E-9).

Description
Summary: Operations Specialists perform a central role in the execution of nearly all Coast Guard operations. Operations Specialists are tactical command and control experts, coordinating responses to a wide variety of Coast Guard missions, including Search and Rescue, Maritime Law Enforcement, Marine Environmental Protection, Homeland Security, and National Defense. Operations Specialists operate state-of-the-art communications systems, tactical tracking and identification systems, shipboard navigation systems, and advanced operational planning applications. OS3: Operates, monitors, and controls radio communications equipment, including antennas, cryptographic equipment, transceivers, radio handsets, and chart plotting tools; applies diagnostic software to radar troubleshooting; utilizes various equipment to conduct radio operations in the HF/VHF/UHF and satellite range; and applies radar operator skills to determine closest point of approach (CPA), course over ground, and search and rescue operations. OS2: Able to perform the duties required for OS3; communicates messages for transmission through proper military and commercial circuits; demonstrates knowledge of communication techniques and systems as well as fundamental security principles and applications; and utilizes appropriate communication software. OS1: Able to perform the duties required for OS2; trains and supervises communication operations and procedures; maintains proper inventory levels; and provides counseling and training to subordinate staff. OSC: Able to perform the duties required for OS1; applies rules of the road, maritime law, marlinspike seamanship, line handling, and watch standing to operate a vessel; plans, organizes, supervises and directs communications activities; and manages systems security. OSCS: Able to perform the duties required for OSC; oversees and mentors the on-the-job training of subordinates; implements vision and strategic planning; and provides oversight and control of the organization. OSCM: Able to perform the duties required for OSCS; manages emergency operations and contingency planning; establishes standard operating procedures; and oversees administrative matters and overall project management activities.

Related Competencies
Basic electronic navigation topics include aids to navigation for coast wise navigation, closest point of approach, GPS navigation, radar operation, traditional chart plotting, and VHF/UHF/SAT radio. Radio operations topics include analog communications basics, antenna configurations, communications security (COMSEC), radio set-up circuits, satellite radio systems maintenance, and satellite radio systems operation. Computer applications topics include computer hardware, data input, data management, data security, file maintenance, inventory management, MS Access, MS Excel, MS Outlook, and MS Word. Business communications topics include briefing, electronic messages, multimedia presentations, oral communication techniques, presentation skills, and report writing. Supervision topics include career counseling, counseling, critical thinking, evaluation, motivation, on-the-job training, performance appraisals, scheduling, and staffing. Basic seamanship topics include deck management, general marine safety equipment, line handling, maritime law, marlinespike seamanship, rules of the road, and underway watch standing. Management topics include control, coordination, delegation, direction, interpersonal communications, organizing, planning, professional ethics, and staffing. Operations management topics include contingency operations, contingency planning, emergency operations, maritime operations, policy implementation, risk management, standard operating procedures, and supply chain management. Leadership topics include counseling, data analysis, disciplinary actions, ethical decision-making, motivation, personnel mentoring, strategic planning and control, and vision.

Recommendation, OS3
In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in basic electronics navigation, and 3 in radio operations (11/11)(11/11).

Recommendation, OS2
In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in basic electronics navigation, 3 in radio operations, 3 in computer applications, and 3 in business communications (11/11)(11/11).

Recommendation, OS1
In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in basic electronics navigation, 3 in radio operations, 3 in computer applications, 3 in business communications, and 3 in supervision (11/11)(11/11).

Recommendation, OSC
In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in basic electronics navigation, 3 in radio operations, 3 in computer applications, 3 in business communications, 3 in supervision, and 3 in basic seamanship. In the upper-division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in management (11/11)(11/11).

Recommendation, OSCS
In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in basic electronics navigation, 3 in radio operations, 3 in computer applications, 3 in business communications, 3 in supervision, and 3 in basic seamanship. In the upper-division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in management, and 3 in leadership (11/11)(11/11).

Recommendation, OSCM
In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in basic electronics navigation, 3 in radio operations, 3 in computer applications, 3 in business communications, 3 in supervision, and 3 in basic seamanship. In the upper-division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in management, 3 in leadership, and 3 in operations management (11/11)(11/11).

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