U. S. Coast Guard Pay & Personnel Center
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U.S. Coast Guard
Pay & Personnel Center
444 S. E. Quincy St.
Topeka, KS 66683-3591
New Direct Access & WebNow Links
Per ALCOAST 069/21, here are the new web addresses (URLs) for Direct Access and WebNow/Perceptive Content:
New Direct Access link: https://hcm.direct-access.uscg.mil
New ImageNow/Perceptive Content link: https://imgprd01.direct-access.uscg.mil/webnow (Note: CG network access required.)
The user names and passwords you use to access these systems have not changed.
Jan. 5, 2021
Travel Authorizing /Approving Official (AO) Course Offline
The AO Course contains Adobe FLASH Media and has been temporarily removed as Adobe FLASH Media is no longer supported and deemed a cyber-vulnerability by CG-6. Please submit your CG-7421a without any attachments and permissions will be granted. As soon as the course comes back online, we will update our website and require proof of completion of the AO course for new AO's or proof the tests have been completed for renewing AO permissions.
Jan. 4, 2021
2021 Military Basic Pay Increase
On, January 1, 2021, the full Senate, by a vote of 81-13, overrode President Trump's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2021. The House did the same on Monday by a vote 322-87. The bill is now law securing the 3.0 percent military pay raise for 2021.
2021 PCS Mileage (MALT) and TDY Mileage Rates
Effective 1 January 2021, the MALT (monetary allowance in lieu of transportation) rate per authorized POC (privately owned conveyance) is $0.16 (sixteen cents) per mile. This rate is effective for all PCS travel that commences on or after 1 January 2021 (i.e., the initial travel is started). TDY mileage rates changed on 01 January 2021. The new TDY rates shown in the article.
Dec. 29, 2020
Vehicle Processing Center (VPC) Selection for Government Funded Shipment of POVs
ALCOAST 465/20: COVID-19: Temporary Change to the CG Supplement to JTR - Vehicle Processing Center (VPC) Selection. Due to the effects of COVID-19 to the shipping and transportation industry, the mandatory use of the closest VPC is temporarily relaxed until 31 Dec 2021. Members may utilize the VPC of their choosing as long as that facility is the closest to their old PDS, new PDS, or along the direct route between the two.
2021 Coast Guard Meal Rates
This message establishes Food Service Meal Rates for CY21.
Dec. 23, 2020
2021 Continental U.S. (CONUS) Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) Rates
CONUS COLA Calculator UPDATED: 12/22/2020 with the rates for 2021.
2021 Dislocation Allowance (DLA)
The purpose of DLA is to partially reimburse a member for the expenses incurred in relocating the household on a PCS, ordered for the Government's convenience, or incident to an evacuation. This allowance is in addition to all other allowances authorized in this Joint Travel Regulation (JTR) and may be paid in advance.
Dec. 18, 2020
Separating or Retiring? Take Your Mandatory Transition Training
All members are required to take pre-separation counseling on the Learning Management System (LMS) or a transition seminar. Members are authorized to begin their transition one year out from separation or two years out from retiring. Contact your local transition manager or visit the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) website at https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/CG1/Health-Safety-and-Work-Life-CG-11/Office-of-Work-Life-CG-111/Transition-Assistance-Program/.
Dec. 17, 2020
Establishing the Coast Guard Officer Recruiting Corps (Flag Voice #532)
Washington, D.C. —
I am pleased to announce the establishment of the Coast Guard Officer Recruiting Corps, an initiative in the Recruiting Command focused on attracting skilled youth to Officer Candidate School, Direct Commission Officer programs, and the College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative. A cadre of our officers is a major step in supporting the USCG Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan.
Dec. 16, 2020
New BAH Rates for 2021
On average, 2021 BAH will increase on average 2.9 percent. Actual BAH increases vary by location.
May 2021 Servicewide Examination (SWE) Enlisted Professional Military Education (EPME) Testing Update
The SWE Process Improvement Team recommended establishing a bank of EPME questions to assist
the enlisted workforce in preparing for SWE competitions.
Dec. 15, 2020
2021 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Rates Published
The Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) has updated the BAH Calculator with 2021 BAH rates.
Hardship Duty Pay-Restriction of Movement and other COVID-19 Pay and Allowances
ALCOAST 278/20 formally authorizes, as of 03 April 2020, HARDSHIP DUTY PAY-RESTRICTION OF MOVEMENT (HDP-ROM) and other temporary policy changes for several travel allowance, Food Service policy, and certain Special & Incentive (S&I) pays as part of the overall military effort to support our members and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pay and Personnel Center is now processing these claims in accordance with the following guidelines and procedures.
Dec. 14, 2020
New Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) rates go into effect 01 JAN 2021.
Monthly ENL-BAS rates increases $13.79 to $386.50; monthly OFF-BAS increases $9.50 to $266.50.
Dec. 11, 2020
October 2020 Reserve Servicewide Exam Advancement Eligibility List
The October 2020 Reserve Servicewide Exam (SWE) Advancement Eligibility List is now available via the CGPortal.