Operations is a field that deals with command and control, and this is true for each of the 5 different US Armed Services. This is true also of the United States Coast Guard. The Operations rating is a command, control and operations specialty, and one that is involved in most of the different missions that the Coast Guard performs. Specialists in the Coast Guard operate the satellite and tactical computer systems that are used by the Coast Guard. These systems incorporated electronic charting, global positioning navigation, and satellite communications.
A enlisted USCG Operations specialist serves in the thick of things, normally on the bridge of a ship, or in a communications and command center. Operations Specialists in the Coast Guard are stationed wherever the Coast Guard is present. Since the events of 9-11 the Operations Specialist is a trained professional that now serves the Homeland Security Department. An Operation Specialist uses a variety of skill sets as they do their duty aboard shore stations, Cutters, and other vessels in the Coast Guard Arsenal. The United States Coast Guard maintains a variety of different ratings and specialties, and one of the more interesting is the field of Operations. The career fields that are open to former Coast Guard Operations specialists in the Civilian fields are Data Base managers, Vessel and Air Traffic controllers, Community/City and County based Emergency Operations center operators, and overall civilian Emergency coordination and emergency operation center managers. It is a field that requires a lot of savvy and intense training. They should have normal hearing and color vision, and have an above average math ability. The Coast Guard is often the first line of defense against terrorism, and other threats against the security of the United States.
The Operations Coast Guard Specialist deals with operations and case management functions, and utilized tools and state of the art equipment, interacting with other crewmembers using old-fashioned team work to achieve their assigned missions.