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Fiscal Year 2023 Workforce Planning Team - Cyber Officer Interventions

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ALCOAST 404/22

R 211941Z OCT 22 MID200080385366U
FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC 
TO ALCOAST
BT 
UNCLAS 
ALCOAST 404/22 
SSIC 7220 
SUBJ:  FY23 MILITARY WORKFORCE PLANNING TEAM RESULTS - CYBER 
OFFICER INTERVENTIONS 
A. Military Bonus Programs, COMDTINST M7220.2A
B. 37 U.S.C. - Pay and Allowances of the Uniformed Services 
1. OVERVIEW: The FY23 Military Workforce Planning Team (MWPT) 
convened in May 2022 to develop and recommend workforce policy 
interventions. This ALCOAST announces the approved FY23 CYBER 
officer interventions. The MWPT identified strategies for 
specialties and programs deemed to have personnel shortages that 
could negatively influence mission execution. The following 
interventions are necessary to support Coast Guard missions to fill 
critical assignments and optimize Coast Guard CYBER workforce 
readiness. 
   a. OFFICER MONETARY INTERVENTION BONUSES. This ALCOAST
authorizes three Critical Skills Retention Bonus (CSRB) offers under
Chapter 3 of REF (A) and Section 355 of REF (B) for eligible active
duty officers with designated critical military skills and is in
addition to any other pay and allowances to which a member is
entitled. Bonus payments after 31 Dec 2022 will be contingent on
extension of the bonus authority in Section 355(h) of REF (B). 
   b. The bonuses are authorized for eligible active duty officers 
(see paragraph 2 of this ALCOAST) who submit completed Bonus 
Agreements obligating the new active duty service commitment (ADSC) 
during FY23. The ADSC is the number of years a Service member agrees
to obligate service on the Bonus Agreement. 
   c. The bonus offerings in this ALCOAST are for FY23 (beginning 
01 Oct 2022) and are anticipated to remain in effect until the end 
of FY23 (30 Sep 2023). Monetary interventions may be adjusted or 
terminated not less than 30 days in advance by announcement via 
ALCOAST. 
2. ELIGIBILITY: These bonuses are a special incentive pay to retain 
active duty Cyber officers possessing essential qualifications. IAW 
REFs (A) and (B), the bonuses apply exclusively to fully-qualified 
active duty officers as follows: 
   a. General Eligibility: 
      (1) Have no current obligated active duty service, as defined
in Paragraph 3.c. of this ALCOAST, beyond 30 Sep 2023; 
      (2) Possess and maintain a final adjudicated SECRET security 
clearance; 
      (3) Remain qualified under the stipulations of this ALCOAST 
and REF (B); 
      (4) Be fully vaccinated, or have an approved religious 
accommodation or medical exemption from vaccination against 
COVID-19, in accordance with ALCOAST 270/22. Commanding 
Officers must verify vaccination status prior to approving a bonus 
agreement.  
   b. A $60,000 CSRB is authorized for active duty 
officers meeting the criteria in paragraph 2.a. of this ALCOAST who 
agree to obligate a four (4) year ADSC and meet the following 
additional specific criteria: 
      (1) Must be in paygrade O3 or O4, and not on a continuation 
contract following non-selection for promotion or above the PY23 
CDR/O5 promotion zone; 
      (2) Must accept assignment to an eligible CYB10/Cyber   
position during the Assignment Year 2023 (AY23) process for the  
entirety of the Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders issued; or 
if currently assigned, remain assigned to an eligible CYB10/Cyber 
position for the entirety of the ADSC assigned under the Bonus 
Agreement; 
      (3) Possess both an undergraduate and graduate degree with at
least one within one of the fields of study listed below, or a 
closely related field of study as determined by COMDT (CG-791): 
         (a) Electrical/Electronics Engineering; 
         (b) Information Technology/Resource Management; 
         (c) Telecommunications; 
         (d) Information Assurance; 
         (e) Cybersecurity; 
         (f) Computer Science; 
         (g) Computer Engineering; or 
         (h) Systems Engineering. 
      (4) Meet DOD 8570 requirements for IAM Level III; 
      (5) Possess a Contracting Officer's Representative Level II 
certification, a DHS Project Management Level I certification or a 
Project Management Professional certification;  
      (6) Must have the CYB10 Officer Specialty Code (OSC) or other
Cyber OSC approved by COMDT (CG-791); 
      (7) LT/O3 officers must have two (2) years of experience in a 
Cyber coded position as of the effective date of the bonus 
agreement; 
      (8) LCDR/O4 and LCDR/O4 (select) officers must have at 
least four (4) years of experience in a Cyber coded position as of 
the effective date of the Bonus Agreement; 
      (9) Completed at least four (4) years of active duty service 
and will have no more than 25 years of total active duty 
commissioned service at the completion of the bonus contract term. 
   c. A $35,000 per annum CSRB is authorized for active duty Cyber 
Defensive Cyberspace Operations (DCO) officers meeting the criteria 
in paragraph 2.a. of this ALCOAST who agree to obligate a minimum of
two (2) years and up to four (4) years of ADSC. The bonus payments 
are paid in annual installments beginning on the effective date of 
the CYB10/CYBER Officer Bonus Agreement and on each subsequent 
anniversary date for the duration of the agreement. Applicants must 
meet the following additional specific criteria:  
      (1) Must be in paygrade O3 or O4, and not on a continuation 
contract following non-selection for promotion or above the PY23 
CDR/O5 promotion zone; 
      (2) Must accept assignment to an eligible DCO position  
during the Assignment Year 2023 (AY23) process for the entirety 
 of the Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders issued; or if  
currently assigned, remain assigned to an eligible DCO  
position for the entirety of the ADSC assigned under the Bonus 
Agreement; 
      (3) Possess both an undergraduate and graduate degree with at
least one within one of the fields of study listed in Paragraph 
2.b.3(a)-(h) above, or a closely related field of study as 
determined by COMDT (CG-791); 
      (4) Meet DOD 8570 requirements for IAM Level III; 
      (5) Possess a Contracting Officer's Representative Level II 
certification, a DHS Project Management Level I certification or a 
Project Management Professional certification; 
      (6) Must be assigned to a CGCYB12 coded position within 
Coast Guard Cyber Command (CGCYBER), Coast Guard Cryptologic Group 
(CGCG), or other position executing DCO. Individuals not assigned to
CGCYBER or CGCG who may be executing DCO missions may submit a 
waiver for the position requirement to COMDT (CG-133) through COMDT 
(CG-791); 
      (7) Completed at least four (4) years of active duty service 
and will have no more than 25 years of total active duty 
commissioned service at the completion of the bonus contract term; 
      (8) Have at least two (2) years in a Cyber coded position, 
executing DCO at CGCYBER, CGCG, or other location identified by PSC-
OPM-2 and COMDT (CG-791) as of the effective date of the agreement;
and 
      (9) Possess and maintain a final adjudicated TS/SCI security 
clearance and a favorable counter-intelligence polygraph. 
   d. A $15,000 per annum CSRB is authorized for active duty Cyber 
Operations Chief Warrant Officers (CWO) meeting the criteria 
in paragraph 2.a. of this ALCOAST who agree to obligate a minimum of
two (2) years and up to four (4) years of ADSC. The bonus payments 
are paid in annual installments beginning on the effective date of 
the CYB10/CYBER Officer Bonus Agreement and on each subsequent 
anniversary date for the duration of the agreement. Applicants must
meet the following additional specific criteria:  
      (1) Currently assigned to an eligible Cyberspace Operations 
CWO position within CGCYBER or Cyber Program Office approved 
cyberspace billet for the entirety of the ADSC assigned under the 
Bonus Agreement;  
      (2) Possess at least Associate Degree in cyber related field
as mentioned in paragraph 2.b.(3) above;
      (3) Completed cyber foundational training or equivalent such 
as JCAC, ICC, CCTC; 
      (4) Meet DOD 8570 requirements for Information Assurance  
Manager (IAM) Level III. 
3. ADMINISTRATION: 
   a. BONUS AGREEMENT: CYB10/Cyber Officer Bonus:  
The only approved Bonus Agreement to be used per this ALCOAST is CG 
Form  5305D (revised on September 2022 or later), "CYB10/Cyber
Officer Bonus  Agreement" found on the COMDT (CG-612) Directives 
and Publications, CG Authorized Forms Portal site at: 
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https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/forms

   b. BONUS AGREEMENT SUBMISSION DATE: For management, assignment 
and oversight purposes, Bonus Agreements must be signed by the 
officer's Commanding Officer no later than 01 Dec 2022. Extension of
the application deadline will not normally be allowed. Officers with
exceptional circumstances may request a waiver for submission of 
their agreements past the due date from COMDT (CG-133) thru COMDT 
(CG-791) and PSC-OPM-2. 
   c. CURRENT OBLIGATED ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE: Current obligated 
active duty service is defined in REF (A). NOTE: members with 
obligated service beyond 30 Sep 2023 for CGCYBER-specific graduate/
advanced education or training, and who are otherwise eligible or 
would become eligible during FY23 for a bonus authorized by this 
ALCOAST, are authorized to receive such bonus, prorated based  
upon newly obligated service. 
   d. EFFECTIVE DATE OF BONUS AGREEMENT: The Bonus Agreement will 
be effective the date upon which a Service member is fully qualified
for the bonus, which includes: having a Commanding Officer approved 
Bonus Agreement; meeting all eligibility requirements; having 
completed any current obligated active duty service (unless ADSC is 
specifically authorized to run concurrently with existing current 
obligated active duty service, with proration of the bonus amount);
and having reported to the assigned Cyber Officer billet. The 
effective date will be whichever qualifying bonus requirement 
occurs the latest during FY23. 
4. POLICY: To receive the bonus, Service members must abide by and 
continuously maintain the eligibility criteria in REF (A) and this 
ALCOAST for the entirety of the obligated ADSC. 
   a. A Service member paid a bonus under this ALCOAST during the 
period of ADSC covered by the signed Bonus Agreement and who fails 
to maintain any eligibility criteria in paragraph 2 of this ALCOAST,
or REF (A) or is subject to termination of the bonus under  
paragraph 7 of this ALCOAST, is required to repay any unearned
portion of the bonus under provisions of Section 373 of REF (B). 
   b. If an officer loses qualification, or is no longer qualified
for those assignments in paragraph 2 of this ALCOAST due to any 
fault of the individual, such officer shall repay any unearned 
portion of the bonus payment as of the date of removal from 
eligibility. Entitlement to this bonus will not be  restored when 
loss of qualification was due to personal fault and the member later
re-qualifies during the original ADSC.   
   c. Bonus Agreement limits and payment of bonus. The bonus will 
be paid in lump sum and IAW REF (A).
5. BONUS APPLICATION PROCEDURES. 
   a. Applicant Responsibilities. Review the contents of this
ALCOAST prior to signing a Bonus Agreement and follow the process
guide found on COMDT (CG-791)'s Portal Site at the following link:
(Copy and Paste URL Below into Browser)

https://uscg.sharepoint-mil.us/sites/cg791/planningandresources/
Bonus/SitePages/Home.aspx

      (1) Complete, sign, date and forward the Bonus Agreement and 
supporting documents to the designated command representative in a 
timely manner to ensure review by the Commanding Officer by 
01 Dec 2022; and 
      (2) Keep a copy of the signed agreement for record purposes. 
   b. Command Representatives Responsibilities.  
Command Representatives must:  
      (1) Adhere to the requirements in REF (A). Commands that  
are not staffed to effectively conduct the counseling session  
required in REF (A) should coordinate counseling with COMDT (CG-
791); 
      (2) Explain that eligible Cyber officers with an approved date
of separation (DOS) must request withdrawal of the DOS prior to or 
upon submission of their bonus application. Cyber Officers will not
receive bonus payments if the DOS withdrawal request is disapproved;
and 
      (3) Submit signed/endorsed agreements to the unit's Servicing 
Personnel Office (SPO) not later than 08 Dec 2022, and copy 
PSC-OPM-2 and the Program Manager POCs identified below. 
   c. P&A/SPO Responsibilities to process the bonus contract. 
P&A/SPO must: 
      (1) Adhere to the requirements in REF (A); 
      (2) Ensure the Bonus Agreement has been properly completed, 
and that the member has reported to the assigned Cyber billet; 
      (3) Ensure the applicant and his/her Commanding Officer sign,
initial and date the Bonus Agreement as appropriate. Incomplete 
forms cannot be processed by PPC-MAS delaying bonus payment; and 
      (4) Distribute the Bonus Agreement IAW Chapter 3 of 
REF (A) within five working days of the effective date of Bonus
Agreement, as defined in paragraph 3.d. of this ALCOAST. 
   d. Eligible members in TDY or PCS Status: There will be some 
instances when eligible members may not be available for bonus 
counseling due to TDY or PCS. The length of the absence should 
determine the action. 
      (1) TDY: If the expected TDY length will prevent completion of
the agreement by 01 Dec 2022, then the designated command 
representative should counsel the Service member by whatever means 
available, and forward the Bonus Agreement and a copy of this 
ALCOAST to the deployed supervisor of the applicant so he/she can 
document bonus acceptance/declination. The agreement should be 
signed by the applicant and witnessed by the deployed supervisor and
then returned to the permanent duty station for Commanding Officer 
approval or disapproval and distribution. 
      (2) PCS: Departing commands should make every effort to 
contact eligible members if they have not left the immediate area 
and provide the necessary counseling. If the member has departed and
was not counseled, notify the receiving command of the departing 
command's recommendation for approval or disapproval. The receiving 
designated command representative will complete the counseling 
process and the receiving Commanding Officer will normally approve 
or disapprove the Bonus Agreement based on the previous Commanding 
Officer recommendation. The receiving command is responsible for 
distributing the Bonus Agreement per REF (A). 
6. DISAPPROVING BONUS AGREEMENTS. 
   a. Commanding Officers must submit notification of disapprovals
to PSC-OPM -2 and the Program Manager listed below. Commanding 
Officers shall disapprove Bonus Agreements for officers who meet the
conditions in Chapter 3.D.3 of REF (A) or are not fully vaccinated,
and do not have an approved religious accommodation or medical
exemption from vaccination against COVID-19. 
   b. If any of the above listed conditions change before the Bonus
Agreement submission date in Paragraph 3.b above, the member may 
reapply for the bonus within the explicit time limits of this 
ALCOAST. 
7. TERMINATION OF BONUS. 
   a. The bonus payments must terminate when a Cyber Officer: 
      (1) Is disqualified for Cyber service; 
      (2) Receives a Mark of three (3) or lower on any OER metric 
or  receives less than a "Promote" rating on an OER during the 
timeline of the Bonus Agreement; or,  
      (3) For any additional reason as listed in REF (A).  
   b. Notification of bonus terminations must be made to the 
Program Manager listed below and IAW REF (A). 
   c. A bonus paid to a member who had an approved religious 
accommodation or medical exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination 
mandate is subject to repayment where that member fails to become 
fully vaccinated within two months after the expiration of the 
religious accommodation or medical exemption. 
8. This message will be canceled on 01 OCT 2023. 
9. A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found at 
COMDT (CG-791) Office of Cyberspace Forces CGPortal site: 
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https://uscg.sharepoint-mil.us/sites/cg791/planningandresources
/Bonus/SitePages/Home.aspx

Additional questions regarding the Officer Cyber program should be 
addressed to COMDT (CG-791), LCDR M. R. Vanderslice at 
HQS-SMB-CG-7911@uscg.mil or Matthew.R.Vanderslice@uscg.mil. 
10. Questions regarding the assignment process should be directed to
PSC-OPM-2 and Cyberspace Assignment Officer, LCDR J. A. Pickard at 
Jeremy.A.Pickard@uscg.mil. 
11. Questions from individuals concerning the execution of this 
policy should be addressed to their designated command 
representatives. Questions from designated command representatives 
for policies regarding bonuses or other human resource management 
matters may be directed to Office of Military Personnel (CG-133) at:
HQSPolicyandStandards@uscg.mil. 
12. RADM B. K. Penoyer, Assistant Commandant for 
Human Resources (CG-1), sends. 
13. Internet release is authorized.


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