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Coast Guard Provides and Overview of Fiscal Year 23 Workforce Planning Team Results


R 211925Z OCT 22 MID200080385274U
ALCOAST 401/22
SSIC 7220
A. COMDT (CG-1) memo 1000 dated 04 March 2022

1. This ALCOAST announces the efforts and results of the FY23 Workforce Planning Team (WPT). Military and Civilian Workforce Planning Teams (WPTs) are chartered governing bodies established to analyze recruiting, retention, and specialty management personnel trends. Each WPT uses data driven recommendations to create balanced intervention strategies in order to obtain and retain a mission ready workforce. As WPT sponsor and manager of military and civilian pay accounts, COMDT (CG-1) reviews and approves WPT recommendations on a Fiscal Year (FY) basis; no interventions are guaranteed beyond a given FY. Approved interventions within an FY may be started or stopped at any point in the year when need is no longer required to manage a particular element of the workforce in the year.

2. WPT members represent a wide array of stakeholders from personnel, program, and specialty management divisions. The WPTs conducted comprehensive reviews of forecasts and intervention strategies to optimize desired outcomes using base resources. Primary inputs are derived from data analytics and program-sponsored business cases. With these references, the WPT identified critical needs and prioritized interventions based on highest returns on investment.

3. The WPT objectively identifies monetary and non-monetary options, and recommends focused and aligned bonus offerings to critical enlisted ratings and officer specialties to build talent for planned growth, career retention, and predictable attrition.

4. Active Duty Enlisted interventions:

a. The non-monetary interventions for FY23 include:
(1) Service Wide Exam points for highly skilled and qualified individuals;
(2) Direct and Guaranteed A-Schools for critical and stressed rates;
(3) Placing the following ratings on the Open Rate List (ORL): IS1 and all ratings in paygrades E-4 and E-5 except DV and MU;
(4) Opening Extended Active Duty (EAD) contracts for reserve members in paygrades E-4 and E-5 in all ratings except DV and MU;
(5) Evaluating opportunities for Active Duty Enlisted to participate in the Career Intermission Program; and
(6) Support for suspension of the High Year Tenure (HYT) Policy.

b. The monetary interventions for FY23 include:
(1) Recruit Enlistment bonuses;
(2) Enlistment Bonuses (EB) for CS, EM, ET, GM, and OS;
(3) A new EB that enables members in the CS rating to submit a Change in Rating (CIR) after two years;
(4) Support of a loan repayment program for new recruits;
(5) Selective re-enlistment bonuses (SRB) for BM and CS. This includes an SRB for members in the CS rating who transfer from the IRR to Active Duty;
(6) Critical Skills Training Bonuses (CSTB) for CS, EM, ET, GM, OS, and completion of the BM Rating Apprenticeship program;
(7) Critical Skills Retention Bonuses (CSRB) for AST, BM, and CYBER;

5. Active Duty Officer interventions:

a. The non-monetary interventions for FY23 include:
(1) Extending the OCONUS Elective Tour Length policy to three-year OCONUS officer aviation assignments;
(2) Offering assignment preference for O-4 and below (not in zone for O-5) aviators with less than 25 years time-in-service and a current CG Aircraft Commander designation;
(3) Offering an airframe transition for O-4 and below aviators;
(4) Evaluating opportunities for Active Duty Officers to participate in the Career Intermission Program; and
(5) Support for notifying Direct Commission Lawyers (DCL) and Direct Commission Officers (DCO) applicants of their selection at the earliest opportunity.

b. The monetary interventions for FY23 include:
(1) O-3/O-4 Operations Officers Afloat and Executive Officers/Department Heads Afloat;
(2) Naval Engineering Officers;
(3) Cyber Officers;
(4) Fixed-Wing and Rotary-Wing Aviators;
(5) Coast Guard Judge Advocates; and
(6) Marine Casualty Investigators.

6. Reserve Component interventions:

a. The non-monetary interventions for FY23: No non-monetary intervention requests were received.

b. The monetary interventions for reserve members in FY23 include:
(1) Recruit enlistment bonus,
(2) Affiliation bonus for select PSUs and Districts,
(3) Assignment bonuses for PSUs, and
(4) Assignment bonuses for Physician Assistants.

7. Additional information and guidelines on all approved non-monetary and monetary interventions for enlisted members, officers, and reserve members will be outlined in subsequent ALCOASTs.

8. Our dedication to building and maintaining a mission ready work force is apparent through these initiatives, and I am committed to our organization's efforts to preserve our Service's talent now and in the future. Any program manager who feels their workforce or specialty is experiencing personnel challenges is encouraged to submit their business case and recommendations to the WPTs in accordance with REF (A).

9. This message will be canceled on 01 OCT 2023.

10. Questions regarding MWPT policies outlined in this message or other human resource management matters may be directed to Office of Military Personnel Policy (CG-133) at: HQSPolicyandStandards@uscg.mil. Additional messages will follow addressing these and future workforce intervention policies.

11. RADM B. K. Penoyer, Assistant Commandant for Human Resources (CG-1), sends.

12. Internet release is authorized.