The United States Coast Guard has critical points which require a specialized security force. The critical roles which would normally be played by the local, state or federal law enforcement official are filled by those working in maritime enforcement. The nature of your work will help to secure ports as well as critical points of entry into the United States and Coast Guard bases.
Because of the nature of your rating, USCG maritime enforcement officers have to be in peak physical condition. You will also have to be able to obtain a secret security clearance. You will also have to have no restrictions which will prevent you from being able to carry a firearm. Normal color vision is another requirement of the rating. Having any kind of law enforcement experience will be a big bonus to help you in your job.
There are a number of different roles in which you can serve as a USCG maritime enforcement officer. You can work in a traditional maritime law enforcement capacity. You might also be assigned to work in an anti-terrorism unit. This will all depend on your skills and your interests.
Those who have considerable experience or have worked in the USCG for a period of time may be called upon to perform training exercises for those looking to join in maritime enforcement. No matter what duties you will be called upon to perform, you will have the pride of knowing you are serving to protect your nation.