Ship-Helicopter PQS, COMDTINST 3502.15
1. PURPOSE. This Manual provides guidance for the establishment, implementation and administration of PQS for personnel assigned duties in support of shipboard helicopter operations aboard flight deck equipped Coast Guard cutters.

2. ACTION. Area and district commanders, commanders of maintenance and logistics commands, Commanding Officer, Aviation Training Center Mobile, and commanding officers of flight deck equipped cutters shall ensure that the provisions of this Manual are followed.


  1. Shipboard-Helicopter Operational Procedures Manual, COMDTINST M3710.2 (series).
  2. Cutter Training and Qualifications Manual, COMDTINST M3502.4 (series).

4. BACKGROUND. The PQS Program provides a system for qualifying personnel to perform certain duties. It reflects the minimum level of knowledge and skills an individual is required to demonstrate in order to qualify for a specific watchstation, maintain specific equipment, or perform as a team member. The PQS Program is not designed as a training program, but it provides many training objectives. The standards developed for this manual represent a cooperative effort between the Ship-Helicopter Branch at Aviation Training Center Mobile, Headquarters staff, and representatives from flight deck equipped cutters.


  1. This PQS is applicable to all flight deck equipped Coast Guard cutters.
  2. It reflects the minimum standards for qualifyingshipboard personnel assigned to duties in support of flight operations. Unit tailoring is authorized to the extent that portions of the PQS not applying to a cutter class may be omitted.
  3. PQS Qualifiers shall be designated in writing by their Commanding Officer to "sign off" individual PQS line items. They will normally be an E-5 or above, and must have completed the PQS or unit developed Job Qualification Requirements (JQR) for the designated watchstation.
  4. This Manual is divided into five chapters. The Fundamentals chapter lists the fundamental knowledge or "book learning" necessary for understanding a watchstation's functions or duties. The Systems chapter is designed to acquaint individuals with the systems they will be required to operate. The Watchstations chapter lists the tasks required of the trainee to achieve final PQS qualification. The Qualifications chapter documents completion of individual PQS sections. The final chapter provides an Answer Book.

6. CHANGES. Changes to this Manual will be coordinated by the Ship-Helicopter Branch, ATC Mobile in conjunction with Commandant (G-OAV-2) and Commandant (G-OCU-3). Unit commanding officers are urged to provide recommendations for improvement to this Manual via the chain of command.

Overview: To qualify for Helicopter Operations jobs, you must complete the Personnel Qualification Standards (PQS).

Purpose: Successful completion of the PQS is required for qualification as a:

  • Tiedown Crewman [401]
  • Landing Signal Officer (LSO) [402]
  • Night Vision Goggle LSO (NVG-LSO) [403]
  • Flight Deck Hoseman [404]
  • Flight Deck Rescueman [405]
  • Flight Deck On-Scene Leader (OSL) [406]
  • HCO Sound-Powered Telephone Talker [407]
  • Helicopter Control Officer (HCO) [408]
  • CIC Flight Follower [409]
  • Air Direction Controller (ADC) [410]
  • Flight Deck Director [411]
  • Aviation Fuel Handler [412]
  • Aviation Fuel King [413]