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Marine Safety : Trident Program

Program Overview

The Trident Program requires proficiencies above and beyond the Marine Safety Training ribbon to earn the Marine Safety Insignia.  Because of this, auxiliarists augmenting the US Coast Guard in the Marine Safety (MS) area must be qualified and dedicated in their service. For the most part, we will work directly with the Coast Guard Active Duty or Reserve in their MS and environmental protection mission specialties. In order to perform our mission, we must demonstrate our knowledge and ability by completing a Performance Qualification Standard (PQS) for specific tasks. Unlike other Auxiliary programs, all of your activities in the MS area require personal initiative to complete. At the completion of each qualification, you must make application for the Letter of Designation (LOD) to receive credit and entry into AUXDATA.

There are two Auxiliary-specific PQS’s that you may complete without needing to coordinate with a local Coast Guard unit:

  • Marine Safety Administrative & Management Specialist (AUX-MSAM).In our district we suggest that this be your first PQS. This PQS helps you build knowledge of the MS department.
  • Auxiliary Prevention Outreach Specialist (AUX-MEES) This is a vital Marine Environmental Protection mission that can be earned and performed by you in your local area.

As you receive your designation for each PQS, you will add a bronze star for each one to your marine safety training ribbon.

Once you have completed the requirements for the MSTR, you will need three additional PQS’s plus 96 hours in each of five consecutive or non-consecutive years.

Trident is an On the Job Training program. These qualifications are earned by demonstrating to your verifying officer you have the expertise for doing the job. In fact, the Active Duty Personnel in the Marine Safety and Prevention Departments throughout the Coast Guard take a great deal of pride in those Auxiliarists augmenting their units who have these PQS’s. The Active Duty and Reserve Coast Guard members will be taking time away from their regular duties to train you.It is reasonable to expect them to ask for your commitment to serve once you have earned your LOD.In business this is called return on investment.

All current specialties in the Trident Program are listed and can be accessed at the United States Coast Guard Learning Portal. The PQS’s that will be available to Auxiliarists have been established by the CG Unit command, very few of which are available in the 8th WRR. Additionally, since the 8th WRR district covers many states and has relatively few Coast Guard units, there are geographical challenges that further limit the PQS’s any given member may be able to complete. To find out what PQSs are currently needed within District 8WRR, please see the “Sector Needs” page. Members may find it difficult to travel to CG Units to earn the PQS’s they most desire. More importantly, while a member may be enthusiastic and willing to travel to a CG Unit to earn a PQS, they may be less thrilled with support of their PQS on an ongoing basis. An Auxiliarist with an interest in pursuing a PQS provided by a Coast Guard Unit will be expected to make a commitment to serve for specified period of time, the PQS selection should be made carefully. These factors make completing the requirements for the Marine Safety Insignia very difficult for many members.