The Subsistence Program has recently undergone changes designed to improve
the health of the program and the Food Service Specialist (FS) rating,
provide superior mission support to our operational partners, and achieve
alignment with DCMS's strategic objectives.
In October of 2015, the Subsistence Integrated Product Team (Subsistence
IPT) was chartered to revitalize the Subsistence Program and identify
opportunities to improve the health of the enlisted rating. The Subsistence
IPT recommended a Concept of Operations (CONOPS) that seeks to standardize
the Coast Guard's service delivery model and ensure that the needs of our
customers and valued FS workforce are consistently and effectively met. The
CONOPS restructured the Subsistence Program in order to provide
opportunities to update policy, enhance compliance, training and mentoring,
further professional development to decrease rates of Food Service Officer
(FSO) relief for cause, and efforts to stabilize the sea-to-shore rotation
for our FS members. Recent key accomplishments and program updates are
described below -- together, these accomplishments represent a refresh of the
Coast Guard's Subsistence Program and a major step towards improving the
quality of life for our valued culinary workforce.
DCMS approved a rating name change from Food Service Specialist (FS) to
Culinary Specialist (CS). The rating name change is being made to more
accurately reflect the culinary skills and professional expertise held by
members of the CS rating. The CS rating has changed from an occupation that
relied upon processed, ready-to-eat style meals, into a hands-on profession
specializing in culinary arts and providing healthy and delicious meal
options. This name change will further align the rating within the civilian
culinary profession. The FS designation will be replaced by CS, per
Another key aspect of the transformation is the establishment of the
first-ever Subsistence Product Line at the HSWL SC. This new construct will
provide essential support to Coast Guard dining facilities and CS personnel,
track and identify CS workforce critical operational needs and TDY support,
develop and administer processes to ensure sound business practices are
balanced against operational requirements, and administer the configuration
management of dining facilities at both shore and afloat units. The Product
Line adds a new capability for HSWL SC that represents a single point of
accountability for customer support, and will play a critical role in the
development of the CS workforce.
I have also approved the establishment of a Culinary Support Activity (CSA)
to be stood up at TRACEN Yorktown in late summer 2017. The CSA concept is
based on a deliberate staffing model designed to improve mentorship and
training opportunities for CS personnel. Establishment of the CSA will
entail standing up a full-service, Coast Guard-operated dining facility at
TRACEN Yorktown and converting selected shore-based dining facilities to
self-service galleys (Centralized Kitchen Areas, or CKAs). Goals of CSA
Yorktown include higher quality food, improved dining facility utilization,
enhanced cutter TDY support, and increased opportunities for professional
development and mentorship for CS personnel assigned to the CSA.
ALCOAST 003/17 message was recently released, announcing these updates.
Additional updates to the Subsistence Program will be communicated
regularly. All changes will be incorporated in an upcoming revision to the
Coast Guard Food Service Manual, COMDTINST M4061.5 (series).
Questions regarding the Subsistence Program may be directed to Office of
Work Life, CG-111, Mr. Chad Adams or by email to CulinaryProgram@uscg.mil.
Additional information about the Coast Guard's Subsistence Program and key
points of contact.
RDML William G. Kelly
RDML WILLIAM G. KELLY
Assistant Commandant for Human Resources
Issue date: 1/6/17