Prospective Operations Officer School (POPS)
POPS Mission
This two-week technical development course immerses prospective operations officers into a challenging environment as they continue to hone their navigation, planning and bridge resource management skills in order to increase the level of unit readiness and promote safe mission execution during their service aboard the major cutter fleet.

This two-week pipeline course prepares personnel to serve as the operations officer on board a major Coast Guard cutter. The course focuses on three areas:

  1. Planning: Both short range and long range patrol planning are included, the culmination of which centers around a “fully” developed patrol plan presented to a senior cutterman with prior major command experience.
  2. Operational Readiness and Mission Execution: The application of skills, information and risk analysis to conduct safe and effective operations.
  3. Bridge Resource Management: The manner in which people work together with their equipment, available information, and each other to prevent collisions, allusions, and groundings.

This course is Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) certified.

American Council on Education (A.C.E.) Accreditation
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Location: Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut
Length: 2 weeks (66 hours)
Exhibit Dates: 4/07–Present
Credits: In the upper-division baccalaureate category, 2 semester hours in Nautical Science and 3 semester hours in Management (8/09)


Commander Mark Walsh School Chief 860-701-6675
Lieutenant Christian Medick Assistant School Chief 860-701-6872
Lieutenant Todd Weimorts Senior Instructor 860-444-8222
Master Chief David Riser Instructor 860-701-6476
Mr. John Hayes Training Specialist 860-701-6318

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