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10 Mar 2011 12:33 AM
    Ok, I know  the military is famous for acronyms and have been able to figure out and research a few.  What is RAMP, I have read about it in a couple of journals and my daughter mentioned it in her letter. I gather it is not a good thing.  Is the same as PEP that was talked about in "it is just8 weeks'?  Also what signifies a graduating recruit as a SN or FA and what is a PSA?
    thanks in advance, I am trying to be a knowledgeable coastie mom!
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    10 Mar 2011 06:17 AM
    I'll take the easy one... SA/SN & FA/FN... Seaman Apprentice/Seaman or Fireman Apprentice/Fireman they are both E2 & E3 respectively. The only thing that makes the difference is assignment. My son is on the deck force on the Seneca, Seaman. Bells works in engineering on her ship, Fireman. Seaman white stripes, Fireman red stripes, Airman green stripes (very rare to see).

    PSA Public Service Announcement?? LOL I'll leave the explaining of RAMP to someone that has a better understanding than myself and PSA, I was guessing.
    Sector NY, Staten Island
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    10 Mar 2011 06:56 AM
    I want green stripes. >_> I wonder if this is something you'd achieve after the 4 months at an air station. Or if there is some other stipulation to getting AN.
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    10 Mar 2011 06:58 AM

    Acronyms and terms you may need to know

    "A" School School where member goes to receive basic technical training for their rate.

    Allotment A portion of military pay that is sent directly to a person, financial institution

    or other place set up by the military member.

    AWOL Absent without leave: away from the military without proper authorization.

    The military member can be punished for this offense.

    BAH Basic Allowance for Housing: allowance given when quarters are not provided

    BAS Basic Allowance for Subsistence: allowance for food given at some units

    "C" School School member attends to receive advanced technical training.

    CACO Casualty Assistance Calls Officer: The person assigned to help families in

    the death or fatal injury of a military member found, at the servicing ISC.

    CDA Career Development Advisor: Provides members with information regarding

    advancement opportunities, educational programs and enlisted work force

    management issues. May assist spouses with education questions.

    CFS Command Financial Specialist: An individual selected by the command to receive

    additional training that provides them with tools to work with members and their

    families on budgeting, financial planning and other financial matters.

    CgCentral Coast Guard intranet site accessible by the military member that is considered the one site to gain information on all Coast Guard units, programs, etc.

    CGMA Coast Guard Mutual Assistance

    CMC Command Master Chief: Chief, Senior Chief or Master Chief who acts as a communications link between the command and the enlisted personnel at the unit.

    CO Commanding Officer: The boss, the person responsible for everything that occurs

    at the unit or on the ship.

    COLA Cost of Living Allowance: An allowance given in high cost areas to help offset

    expenses like food, gas, etc.

    CONUS Continental United States

    COSE Career Options & Skills Evaluation: A mid-career seminar designed for Active

    Duty Coast Guard members that provides information on self assessments,

    financial planning, Coast Guard programs and civilian employment tools & trends.

    Set up through the Work Life office.

    CPO Chief Petty Officer

    CWO Chief Warrant Officer

    DEERS Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System: System used to track all

    dependents who are authorized medical care or to use TRICARE. You must be

    in the DEERS system to utilize TRICARE services.

    Delta Dental Optional retiree dental insurance that is available by enrolling and paying

    monthly premiums.

    Dependent A legal term used for a person receiving all or a portion of their necessary

    financial support from the active duty member.

    Direct Access The Coast Guard computerized Human Resources System. The military member

    can access this system for a variety of issues including pay changes and PCS

    information.

    DHS Department of Homeland Security: Parent agency of the Coast Guard

    DLA Dislocation Allowance is an allowance to help offset the costs included

    During a PCS move.

    DOD Department of Defense: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines

    DVA Department of Veteran’s Affairs: The agency that administers benefits for

    Veterans. These services include the Montgomery GI Bill for education,

    the home loan guarantee program and medical care and compensation.

    EAP Employee Assistance Program: Professional counseling and referral service

    designed to assist active duty members, reservists and their families.

    1-800-222-0364

    EAPC Work Life employee responsible for the coordination of the EAP

    EFMP DOD Exceptional Family Member Program referred to in the Coast Guard as

    the "Special Needs" program.

    ESO Educational Services Officer: Individual at a unit responsible for end of course

    testing and service wide testing for Coast Guard members.

    FAS Family Advocacy Specialist: Member of the Work-Life Staff who assists when

    issues of family violence, child abuse and neglect are present.

    FOT Force Optimization and Training. The division of the Coast Guard tasked with

    the tracking and utilization of the reserve members of the Coast Guard. 

     

    FRS Family Resource Specialist: Member of the Work-Life Staff who assists

    with child care issues, and provides case management for those enrolled in the

    Special Needs Program, also the point of contact for adoption reimbursement.

    FSA Family Separation Allowance: An allowance paid when a married member is

    TAD, on a ship, or at a restricted station for longer than 30 consecutive days. The

    allowance is not payable if the member is on permissive orders.

    FSGLI Family Servicemembers Group Life Insurance: If the active duty member has

    SGLI his/her children are automatically covered by a life insurance policy.

    Spouses can also be covered for a monthly premium based on the spouse’s age.

    GEO Refers to a member who moves to a new duty station unaccompanied, by choice, so

    the family can remain at their current location. (Geographic Bachelor).

    HBA Health Benefits Advisor: An individual who has received additional training on

    TRICARE who is available to answer questions and assist with TRICARE

    problems. There is also an 800 hotline at 1-800-942-2422.

    HHG Household Goods: Your furniture and personal belongings

    HPM Health Promotions Manager: Member of the Work-Life Staff who

    helps members of Team Coast Guard make voluntary behavior changes that

    reduce health risks and improve qualify of life.

    ISC Integrated Support Command: Located in each District to provide support

    services to the District Units. Work-Life is located at the ISC.

    LES Leave and Earning Statement: Monthly report of pay received for military

    duty. Also shows a record of leave (vacation time) and deductions from pay.

    The military member can view this online via Direct Access.

    Mast Non-judicial punishment used as an alternative to a court martial. Sometimes

    referred to as a Captain’s Mast.

    MTF Military Treatment Facility: A military base where members and dependents

    receive medical care. MTFs are not available in many areas.

    MWR Morale, Welfare & Recreation

    OER Officer Evaluation Report: The written report of an officer’s performance of

    duty, similar to "enlisted marks".

    OINC Officer In Charge: Enlisted member who is in charge of a unit or ship. Similar

    to the CO.

    OCONUS Outside of the Continental United States (Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, etc)

    OCS Officer Candidate School: An opportunity for enlisted personnel to go to school

    to become a commissioned officer.

    Ombudsman Someone, usually a spouse, appointed by the Command to act as the official

    liaison between the Command and the families and to serve as an information and

    referral person. The Ombudsman is not the unit social director.

    PCS Permanent Change of Station: Relocation from one permanent unit, ship or

    station to another.

    PSC The Personnel Support Center in Topeka, Kansas. This is the division of the

    Coast Guard that deals with pay, personnel issues and travel advances.

    POC Point of Contact: The "go to" person for that program or service.

    PSU Port Security Unit. A unit comprised of mostly reserve members who

    are tasked with safeguarding critical or vital ports of commerce worldwide.

    Rank Grade or official standing of a military member.

    RAS Retiree Annuitant Section is a division at PSC Topeka that deals with

    all aspects of Coast Guard retirees pay.

    Rate Job classification with the Coast Guard such as Damage Controlman (DC).

    SBP Survivor’s Benefit Program. An optional program that a retiring member can

    elect and pay premiums to ensure a portion of their retired pay will continue to be paid to the designated beneficiary when the retiree passes away.

    SEAP Spouse Employment Assistance Program. A program administered by Work

    Life to assist Coast Guard spouses with resumes, job search skills, etc.

    SGLI Servicemember’s Group Life Insurance: Life insurance coverage that can be

    elected by a service member with premiums deducted from their pay

    SPM Self Procured Move: (DITY move.) When a member elects

    to move all or a portion of their household goods when PCSing.

    SPO Servicing Personnel Office: Yeoman who deal with pay and personnel

    issues, usually found at the Sector, Group or Air Station.

    Sponsor This term can be used in two ways. One type of sponsor is the Active Duty

    member who you are considered a dependant of. The other type of sponsor

    is someone assigned to assist you when you PCS.

    TAD Temporary Additional Duty: A period of time spent away from the permanent

    duty station, generally for school or other training.

    TAP Transition Assistance Program. A program offered through Work Life for

    military members who are separating or retiring that covers resumes, job search

    benefits, etc.

    TLE Temporary Lodging Expense is an allowance to help offset the cost of meals

    and lodging in connection with a PCS move.

    TO Transportation Office: The office that an active duty member works with to

    arrange movement of HHG or to report damages to HHG during a PCS.

    TRICARE The medical insurance provided to military members and their families. There

    may be several levels of TRICARE available based on the unit location.

    TRM Transition & Relocation Manager: Member of the Work-Life staff who

    assists with relocation issues and/or issues for members leaving the service. The

    TRM also administers the Spouse Employment Assistance Program.

    TSC TRICARE Service Center: Customer service office for Tricare.

    TSP Thrift Saving Plan: A retirement plan that members may elect to participate in.

    UCCI United Concordia Companies, Inc. The contractor who currently provides

    optional dental insurance for military family members.

    UCMJ Uniform Code of Military Justice: The penal code of the military which applies

    to all service members regardless of rank or branch of service.

    VA Department of Veteran’s Affairs. A federal agency that is offers various benefits

    to honorably separated/retired military personnel. Some of the benefits include

    a home loan guarantee, disability compensation and medical care.

    VGLI Veteran’s Group Life Insurance. A renewable 5 year term policy that is offered to

    separating and retiring members to replace the SGLI benefits they lose.

    XO Executive Officer: An officer who is second in command of a ship or unit.

    XPO Executive Petty Officer: An enlisted member who is second in command of a ship or unit.

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    10 Mar 2011 11:00 AM
    Thanks for the info, so they get the rank based on where they are assaigned? I was looking at past graduating programs and most are sn/fn but one did have PSA; you are right about not many A's thanks
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    10 Mar 2011 11:01 AM
    Thanks so much, I will have to save this and study so I will know what they all are!  thanks. 
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    10 Mar 2011 11:11 AM
    Port Security Assignment or something like that... that would be my guess for that one.
    Sector NY, Staten Island
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