Port Security Badge

Port Security Badge

Port Security Badge

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The Port Security Badge is a military badge of the United States Coast Guard.

The decoration is presented to service members who complete initial port security training in harbor defense operations and who completes service for a period of twenty-four months with a Port Security Unit (PSU) stationed in the United States, or in a six month deployed status with an overseas PSU. The awardee must also attend one CONUS and one OCONUS exercise or deployment. The CONUS deployment may be waived based on service and a OCONUS deployment.

The pin is earned by only a small number of Coast Guard members (approx. 1%), and is primarily a Coast Guard Reserve decoration. A member not only has to be assigned to one of the eight PSU units in the Coast Guard, but must also deploy overseas with the unit. He or she must also complete a comprehensive task list known as the personnel qualification standard. A few of the topics on the checklist include safety, security, supply, communications, first aid, engineering and electronics support. PSU-307 stationed in St. Petersburg, Florida and PSU-312 of San Francisco, California also require that an eligible member pass an oral board examination staffed by senior members of the unit.

The Port Security Badge is issued in two grades, gold for officers and silver for enlisted. The badge itself consists of two seahorses, riding on waves, facing back to back with the Coast Guard shield between them. The seahorses represent mobility and the shield...
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