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Direct-Access Planned Maintenance Outage

Direct Access will not be available from Monday, December 19, 2022 at 23:01 (CST ) until Tuesday, January 3, 2022, at 22:59 (CST). This outage is necessary to ensure members' pay and benefits are updated to reflect the 2023 pay rates and other regulatory changes, which include COLA, BAH, and tax rates. See ALCOAST 455/22 for more information.

 

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Pay & Personnel News Updates from our Branches

Sept. 19, 2022

2022 Reserve Master Chief Advancement Panel Final Eligibility List (ALCGRSV 052/22)

This message serves as the final eligibility list for the 2022 Reserve Master Chief Advancement Panel (RMCAP) which was announced in ALCOAST 310/22.

Sept. 16, 2022

Update to Readiness Management Period (RMP) Policy

ALCOAST 343/22 updates the policy for Readiness Management Periods (RMPS): RMPs without pay must be a minimum of two hours in duration and not more than one RMP will be performed by an individual in one calendar day; and, b. RMPs for pay will not be less than four hours in duration and not more than one paid RMP will be performed by an individual in one calendar day.

Sept. 16, 2022

Registration for the Virtual Benefits Fair is Now Open!

The annual Virtual Benefits Fair will be available throughout the 2022 Federal Benefits Open Season. The Virtual Benefits Fair is an online health fair that houses 2023 plan information in a single location, enabling military families to browse exhibits, view, and download plan brochures, and connect with BENEFEDS and FEDVIP representatives via chat. Continued online...

Sept. 15, 2022

Leave Balance Guidance for the End of the Fiscal Year

To avoid leave balance issues at the end of the fiscal year, commands and supervisors are directed to approve or disapprove all pending Direct Access (DA) absence requests by COB 19SEP22. Requests submitted after this date must be approved or denied immediately. Military members should check their DA accounts to ensure all pending requests have been cleared prior to the deadline.

Sept. 14, 2022

Personnel Service Center Awards Branch Update

ALCGPSC message 114/22 reminds units of the requirement to provide copies of unit awards to PSC-PSD-mua. It also provides information on award submission requirements and the procedure for Concurrence Requests.

Sept. 14, 2022

ETQC Training Advisory 008-22, Processing FY23 C School, A School and Accession Course TDY Orders

The successful implementation of practices discussed in reference (a), eliminated the challenges members were experiencing with Direct Access (DA) generated training administration system (TAS) orders. Due to this success, FORCECOM will continue the practice of permitting local units to manage the administration of FY23 "C" school TDY orders to include initiation of the authorization, funds certification, and AO approval. Maintaining uniformity in FORCECOM business processes, at the start of FY23, these instructions will also apply to both Accession (e.g. DCO, OCS, DEPOT) and “A” school TDY orders. These instructions do not apply to PCS orders to the subject schools.

Sept. 13, 2022

Coast Guard Celebrates 40 Years in Carlson Building

The U.S. Coast Guard is celebrating 40 years in the Frank Carlson Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse. The federal building has been home to the Coast Guard’s Pay and Personnel Center since it first moved to Topeka in 1982.

Sept. 13, 2022

Armed Forces Reserve Medal Award Criteria Correction

ALCGPSC 111/22 corrects the criteria for award of the Armed Forces Reserve Medal

Sept. 12, 2022

Q&A: What You Need to Know for Federal Benefits Open Season

The Federal Benefits Open Season starts Nov. 14 and ends Dec. 12, 2022. This open season is for dental and vision coverage through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). FEDVIP is offered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and is separate from TRICARE and TRICARE Open Season activities.

Sept. 12, 2022

A Checklist to Help You Prepare for 2022 TRICARE Open Season

TRICARE Open Season starts Nov. 14 and ends Dec. 13, 2022. Open season is the time when most TRICARE families can make changes to their TRICARE health care coverage for next year. Preparing for open season now can help you make the best selection later.

Sept. 9, 2022

2022 Coast Guard National Retiree Council (CGNRC) Annual Meeting Presentations

The CGNRC meets annually to prepare and submit an annual report to the Commandant through his executive agent.

Sept. 8, 2022

Fiscal Year 2022 Closeout Guidance

ALCGFINANCE provides important information for closing out FY 22 financial data.

Sept. 2, 2022

Best Places to Work: Pay and Personnel Center (PPC) Topeka

The Coast Guard Pay and Personnel Center (PPC) celebrated its 40th anniversary this summer. Founded in 1982 and located in Topeka, Kansas, PPC oversees payroll administration for Coast Guard members across the country and around the world. With such a critical support role in the service, it’s no wonder people love working at PPC.

Sept. 2, 2022

Critical Housing Areas (CHA) Update

ALCGPSC message 109/22 adds Atlantic City, NJ (Military Housing Area NJ196) as a designated Critical Housing Area (CHA).

Aug. 31, 2022

2022 Master Chief Advancement Panel (MCAP) Cutoffs

ALCGENL 159/22 provides the advancement cutoffs for participants of the 2022 MCAP.

Aug. 31, 2022

May 2022 Servicewide Exam Cutoffs

ALCGENL 160/22 provides the initial cutoffs for participants of the May 2022 SWE.

Aug. 30, 2022

Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Standard CONUS Per Diem Rate Announced

The FY23 Standard CONUS per diem rate is  $157 and is applicable for all official travel performed on or after 1 October 2022 to 30 September 2023.

Aug. 30, 2022

Make Sure You Understand Recent TRICARE Telehealth Policy Changes

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) made several temporary updates to the TRICARE benefit regarding telehealth. The DHA recently updated these telehealth policies.

Aug. 29, 2022

New Edition of  the Military Bonus and Incentive Programs Instruction 

Military Bonus and Incentive Programs, COMDTINST 7220.2A is now available.

Aug. 26, 2022

TRICARE Helps You Stay On Top of Preventive Health Care

Preventive health checkups can help prevent health problems before they start. They can also help in the detection of conditions that you may be at risk for. TRICARE covers many types of preventive health care exams and screenings.

Aug. 26, 2022

2022 Reserve Master Chief Advancement Panel Announcement

This message announces eligibility requirements for the Reserve Master Chief Advancement Panel (R-MCAP) for advancement to E-9 in the Reserve Component.

Aug. 25, 2022

TRICARE Dental Program Health Matters Newsletter Issue 3 | 2022

Do you know all the tricks for protecting your teeth and gums? What happens to your dental benefits when you move? In this newsletter, you'll find the answers to these questions and more information about your TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) benefit. Some of the articles include: When Should You Start Dental Care for Your Young Child? Have Questions? Check Out These Dental Resources for Answers Why You Shouldn't Fear a Root Canal You can download the latest TDP newsletter at www.tricare.mil/publications/newsletters.

Aug. 24, 2022

Servicewide Examination (SWE) Guide

The Servicewide Examination (SWE) Guide provides detailed descriptions on how a SWE works along with what processes and procedures are required to be followed by members and their commands to ensure a successful SWE cycle.

Aug. 18, 2022

GSA Announces Release of 2023 Per Diem Rates

Please note! The FY 2023 rates are NOT the default rates until October 1, 2022. You must follow these instructions to view the FY 2023 rates. Select FY 2023 from the drop-down box above the "Search By City, State, or ZIP Code" or "Search by State" map. Otherwise, the search box only returns current FY 2022 rates.

Aug. 18, 2022

Flag Voice #587 - Update on TLE Extension Process

Colleagues, I am providing an update on the Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE) Extension process. As previously announced in Flag Voice 556 and ALCOAST 309/21, the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) was updated last year to include an expedited process for the Uniformed Services to request an extension to TLE, for up to 60 days, to assist those who are

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