Senior Enlisted Continuation Board (SECB)
Flag Voice #473

To ensure the Coast Guard continues to retain their best-performing senior enlisted leaders, the Senior Enlisted Continuation Board (SECB) policy has been created. The SECB does not apply to Reserve enlisted members. Separate guidance on Reserve specific workforce management tools will be issued separately.

SECB Overview:

  • All active duty senior enlisted members in the ranks E-7 through E-9 will be evaluated when they reach 20-21 years and at 25-26 years of active duty. Members will become SECB candidates on 31 DEC of each year.
  • Each member's record stands alone and no member is compared to another. There is no number to recommend for involuntary retirement; all members may be continued.
  • No member may be recommended for involuntary retirement unless they have a documented reason within the past five years of becoming an SECB candidate. Additionally, a member, who has documented performance or behavior outlined below within a five-year window, could be continued on active duty depending on the severity of the offense(s).
  • Reasons that the Board may recommend that a member not be continued include:
    1. Substandard performance of duty,
    2. Performance probation or incompetency,
    3. An unsatisfactory conduct mark,
    4. Moral or professional dereliction, including, but not limited to Relief for Cause,
    5. Failure to meet service norms or regulations concerning alcohol abuse including, but not limited to, documented instances or conviction(s) for operating a vehicle, or any other mode of transportation under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances during the period of review,
    6. Any documented instances of sexual assault and/or harassment,
    7. Any documented instances of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) violations,
    8. Any documented offense that meets the criteria for separation under Articles 1.B.17.b.(2) and (3) of Military Separations, COMDTINST M1000.4 (series).
    9. Financial irresponsibility; such as failure to pay just debts or a pattern of government travel charge card (GTCC) delinquency due to misuse or pattern of failure to pay outstanding balance, or
    10. Other documented adverse information clearly indicating that the SECB candidate's continuation may be inconsistent with national security interest or may otherwise not be in the best interest of the Coast Guard, not limited to revocation of security clearance.

Additional SECB Information:

For more information on the Senior Enlisted Continuation Board, refer to the Chapter 4 of Military Separations, COMDTINST M1000.4. (series). Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) are available here. Further questions regarding SECB policy should be sent to LCDR Russ Mayer, COMDT (CG-1331) at

Commander (CG PSC-EPM) will release separate guidance on expected timelines. Active duty members should contact Commander (CG PSC-EPM-1) for procedural questions.

The Career Retention Screening Panel (CRSP) program has been terminated; no future CRSP will be convened.

RDML William G. Kelly

Assistant Commandant for Human Resources

Issue date: 4/13/17