R 231408 MAY 17
FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//CG-1//
SUBJ: FY17 ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTED WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT CRITICAL RATE SITREP 1
A. PERFORMANCE, TRAINING AND EDUCATION MANUAL, COMDTINST M1500.10 (series)
B. COAST GUARD RECRUITING MANUAL, COMDTINST M1100.2 (series)
1. This ALCOAST announces the results of the Critical Rate Management Workgroup (CRMW) that
convened on 25 JAN 2017. Program offerings in this SITREP will remain in effect until modified
or terminated in an ALCOAST or until this ALCOAST expires within a year.
2. The CRMW was established to identify and manage intervention strategies for rates/ratings
deemed to have personnel shortages that could negatively impact mission execution. Factors
considered by this workgroup include organizational needs across all ratings, workforce trends,
forecasted personnel requirements, and budgetary realities. The CRMW consolidated the
responsibilities of the former Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) panel in determining the need
to offer Selective Reenlistment Bonuses, Enlistment Bonuses, and Critical Skills Training Bonuses.
3. The following ratings have been determined to be critical: AET, AMT, AST, CS, ET, IS, and OS.
The CRMW defines a critical rating as a rating with a body to billet gap not forecasted to close
to within 5% of authorized levels within 12 months or is projected to become gapped at greater
than 5% of authorized levels within 12 months.
4. No ratings have been determined to be stressed. The CRMW defines a stressed rating as a
rating with a body to billet gap not forecasted to close to within 2% of authorized levels within
12 months or projected to become gapped at greater than 2% of authorized levels within 12 months.
5. Intervention strategies are authorized as needed to ensure each rating is attracting and
retaining the right mix of personnel to promote the health of the workforce, while meeting
6. A-School candidates are being sought for the AST, CS, EM, ET, MK, and OS ratings.
a. The 4-month requirement in article 7.E.2 of REF (A) for non-rated members to attend CS
A-School and OS A-School is waived. All other requirements in REF (A) remain in effect.
b. Enlistment with guaranteed A-School is offered for the CS, EM, ET, MK, and OS ratings.
c. Enlistment with conditional guaranteed A-School is offered for the AST rating.
7. A-School Capacity: A permanent increase in A-School enrollments was approved for AMT A-School
in FY17. The CRMW stakeholders will work with FORCECOM to increase and/or maintain full A-School
capacities in the AET, IS, IT, and ME ratings.
8. Enlistment Bonus (EB): Current EB offerings remain in effect through FY17.
9. Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB): Current SRB offerings remain in effect through FY17.
10: Critical Skills Training Bonus (CSTB): Current CSTB offerings remain in through FY17.
11. Critical Skills Retention Bonus (CSRB): No CSRB is offered at this time.
12. Special Assignment Considerations: Members in critical ratings are encouraged to apply for
special assignment opportunities; however, CG PSC-epm will work within each rating to ensure a
proper balance is struck between both special assignment and rating needs.
13. Extended Active Duty (EAD): EAD assignments will be considered for reserve members in the
following rates on a case-by-case basis: BM3, BM2, CS3, CS2, DC3, EM3, ET3, GM3, IS3, IS2, IT3,
IT2, ME3, ME2, MK3, OS3, OS2, SK3, YN3.
14. Open Rate List (ORL):
a. The ORL includes the following rates: AET3, AET2, AMT3, AMT2, AST3, AST2, BM3, BM2, CS3,
CS2, DC3, EM3, ET3, ET2, GM3, IS3, IS2, ME3, ME2, MK3, OS3, OS2, SK3, YN3.
b. Applicants for AET2, AST3, AST2, AMT2, BM2, CS2, ET2, ME2, and OS2 must have prior Coast
c. The ORL is a workforce planning tool designed to enlist skilled and qualified prior-service
members to fill vacancies in specific rates. The advancement implications of listing rates on the
Open Rate List are closely monitored.
d. The ORL recruiting focus is exclusively limited to the rates listed above. Eligibility
requirements and procedures for enlistment under the ORL are contained in REF (B). Maximum active
duty time for E-4 applicants is 6 years time in service and the maximum active duty time for E-5
applicants is 10 years time in service. Applicant qualifications for enlistment will be reviewed
by the appropriate assignment officer in consultation with the Rating Force Master Chief. Final
approval or disapproval of an applicant's enlistment via the ORL will be made by CGRC.
e. For rating-specific concerns, contact the appropriate assignment officer or Rating Force
15. Questions regarding the CRMW may be directed to LT Kathryn Walter, Workforce Forecasting and
Analysis (CG-12A), at Kathryn.L.Walter@uscg.mil. Policies regarding bonuses or other human
resource management matters may be directed to Office of Military Personnel (CG-133) at
HQSPolicyandStandards@uscg.mil. Questions regarding A-schools may be directed to YN1 Katherine
Windt, CG PSC-epm-2, at Katherine.D.Windt@uscg.mil.
16. Commanding officers and officers in charge shall bring the contents of this ALCOAST to the
attention of all personnel.
17. RDML W. G. KELLY, Assistant Commandant for Human Resources, sends.
18. Internet release authorized.