I'm working on a novel where the four MCs are all part of the Maritime Safety and Security Team in the Coast Guard. I've done a lot of research, and the MSST seems perfect. They even use a helicopter that fits perfectly for the story. But much as I've tried, there are a few things I can't seem to figure out. 1. What are the ranks in the MSST? Are there any? 2. If all four women signed up for it in the late 1970s when they were in their early 20s or late teens, can they be assigned to the same group? And if so, can they still work together now, somewhere between the year 2000 and 2010? (they will anyway, but I'd prefer to keep it as authentic as possible.) 3. I know the Jayhawk is equipped with a medium machine gun and semi-automatic rifle, but what are the team armed with when they are outside the helicopter? 4. Maybe a tiny bit off-topic, but if a person with a basic idea of how to fly helicoptes find the helicopter (Sikorsky HH-60 Jayhawk), can he/she fly it? As it's meant to be operated by four people, I take it two man the guns, one fly it and one mans the hoist? Or am I missing something? You can fly the helicopter on your own, right? Thanks.