I have noticed there are frequently questions about striking. I reached out to one of our regulars, Bells. She has successfully completed striking BM. She sent me in a PM great information. This is from Bells. She did an excellent job...
Everything You Need to Know About Striking First,
There is a place where you can get updates about the status of striking. Use this Website: http://www.uscg.mil/ppc/adv.asp#epaa
This site posts messages from the CG Message board specifically on advancement type situations.
Current messages pertaining to striking: http://www.uscg.mil/announcements/a...lcoast.txthttp://www.uscg.mil/announcements/a...lcoast.txthttp://www.uscg.mil/announcements/a...lcoast.txt
Current advancement rates for strikers: http://www.uscg.mil/ppc/adv/SupStats.pdf
Rates you can strike: Boatswain Mate, Damage Controlman, Machinery Technician, Food Services Technician and Store Keeper.
Electricians Mate and Yeoman are no longer available to strike.
BM EPQs: http://www.uscg.mil/forms/cg/CG_3303C_BM.pdf
DC EPQs: http://www.uscg.mil/forms/cg/CG_3303C_DC.pdf
MK EPQs: http://www.uscg.mil/forms/cg/CG_3303C_MK.pdf
FS EPQs: http://www.uscg.mil/forms/cg/CG_3303C_FS.pdf
SK EPQs: http://www.uscg.mil/forms/cg/CG_3303C_SK.pdf
What is Striking?
Striking is a process of on-the-job training. Strikers at their unit have a package which includes the applicable set of EPQs, and coursework. The coursework is ordered through the unit's Education Services Officer. The individual usually has to request to strike a rate, with a special request chit, through their chain of command. If granted, then the individual will request their ESO the course material.
There are EPQs for every rate; every rate uses EPQs to advance after E-4. However the CG allows non-rates (E-2s and E-3s), to get pracs signed off for the E-4 level of the specific rate, to eventually advance.
Pracs are the individual tasks in the EPQs. Each prac will have a task, and then reference where the individual can find the information (usually commandant instructions and Coast Guard/Navy manuals). The pracs also will be specifically associated with lessons in the coursework, so the striker has an option of where to get the information they need to complete a task, either the manuals or the coursework.
Once all of the associated pracs for E-4 are signed off, the individual gets the packet signed off by their supervisor, the ESO and then can begin to take the End Of Course Test, or EOCT. Most EOCTs need a 80% or better to pass. If an individual fails a test, then they have to wait 21 days before they can take the test again, and there are several versions of each EOCT.
Boatswain Mate hopefuls also need to pass the Deck Watch Officer exam or the DWO. The DWO is a rules of the road test for vessels. This test needs a 90% or better to pass.
Strikers also need to complete the E-4 EPME/Enlisted Professional Military Education tasks, and pass the E-4 EPME test with a 80% or higher.
Once a striker has all of their pracs signed off and all of their tests passed, they then send a special request chit up their chain of command to be placed on the applicable supplemental/striker list. Before a striker can have their name be places on a list, they also need to have at least 6 months time-in-grade as an E-3, not have any unsatisfactory marks from their last marking period, not have any pending NJP situations, cannot have been masted within the last 6 months, and cannot have received an Alcohol Incident (AI) in at least 6 months.
Once on the list, the striker is designated. So instead of being a nonrate, they are a rated E-3. They can be a Seaman Boatswain Mate (SNBM), a Fireman Machinery Technician (FNMK), a Fireman Damage Controlman (FNDC), a Seaman Food Service Technician (SNFS), or a Seaman Storekeeper (SNSK).
Once designated the striker is usually treated as a Petty Officer. They will advance once there name is called up on the supplemental/striker list.
1. How long does it take to strike a rate? It depends on the rate and how dedicated you are to finishing your package. A lot of pracs one cannot learn on their own and so are dependent on others to teach or help them learn.
2. How long does one wait on a striking/supplemental list? It depends on the list and on the CG. If the CG is making a lot of BM3s then the list will move generally pretty fast. Right now expect to wait 6 months to a year to more.
3. How does transferring work? Generally a striker on a list doesn't transfer until they are close to making 3rd. It is up to the rate's detailer. Sometimes a striker can be called and asked if they want a specific critical fill that has come up, and the striker can take it. A striker however does not get to keep their priority unless they are tour complete and are transferring with transfer season. So a priority 2 striker does not get their first pick among priority 5 land billet strikers. They can though if they are able to complete their tour.
4. Can a person strike a rate and wait on a-school list at the same time? Yes, however, once the striker has passed all of their tests, they need to decide whether they want to wait on the striking list as a designated e-3 or wait on the a-school list as a non-rate.
5. Can an e-2 strike? Yes, but they cannot be put on the striking/supplemental list until they have had 6 months time-in-grade as an e-3. They need to have 4 months time-in-grade as an e-2 and pass the e-3 EPME before they can make e-3, then work on the e-4 EPME and have everything finished so that within another 6 months, they can go on the striking/supplemental list.
6. Can a fireman strike BM, a seaman strike MK/DC ect? Yes, however it will probably be harder than if your already associated with the applicable shop (seaman work for Boatswain Mates, fireman work for Machinery Technicians). You will probably eventually need to switch shops to finish striking, but if you have shipmates of the opposite division willing to help you strike, then it can get done.