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ALCOAST 281/23 Enlistment Bonuses (EB) and Critical Skills Training Bonuses (CSTB)


R 032020Z AUG 23 MID120000346223U
ALCOAST 281/23
SSIC 7220
B. Military Bonus and Incentive Programs, COMDTINST 7220.2A
C. 37 U.S.C. - Pay and Allowances of the Uniformed Services
D. Performance, Training and Education (PTEM) Manual,
E. Enlistments, Evaluations, and Advancements, COMDTINST M1000.2C
F. Coast Guard Medical Manual, COMDTINST M6000.1F
1. This ALCOAST announces an update to the results of the FY2023
Military Workforce Planning Team (MWPT). Specifically, this ALCOAST
authorizes additional Enlistment Bonuses (EB) and Critical Skills
Training Bonuses (CSTB) and increases authorized bonus amounts for
specified rates.
2. These policy interventions are applicable to eligible candidates
and enlisted active duty members. The bonus offerings in this
ALCOAST are for FY2023, effective immediately. All authorized FY2023
interventions terminate on 30 Sep 2023. The EB and CSTB maximum
amounts listed in paragraphs 3 and 4 of this ALCOAST supersede their
respective maximum EB and CSTB amount listed in REF (A).
3. ENLISTMENT BONUS (EB). An EB is authorized for new recruits
enlisting in the Coast Guard for the first time. Each EB is mutually
exclusive and cannot be combined with any other EB.
    a. Guaranteed A School Enlistment Bonus (GA-EB). A GA-EB is
authorized for new recruits, for their first career enlistment, that
sign an agreement to attend one of the following critical rating
Class A-Schools immediately upon graduation from boot camp. Prior
service applicants are not authorized a GA-EB. Applicants agree to
enlist and satisfactorily complete a minimum of four years of
Active Duty Service Commitment (ADSC) and abide by all requirements
and eligibility qualifications of REF (B) and Section 331 of REF (C)
to earn a GA-EB entitlement.
      (1) Operations Specialist (OS). A $40,000 EB is authorized
for OS applicants to enlist.
      (2) Electricians Mate (EM). A $20,000 EB is authorized for EM
applicants to enlist.
      (3) Electronics Technician (ET). A $65,000 EB is authorized
for ET applicants to enlist.
      (4) Gunners Mate (GM). A $20,000 EB is authorized for GM
applicants to enlist.
      (5) Machinery Technician (MK). A $20,000 EB is authorized for
MK applicants to enlist.
      (6) Damage Controlman (DC). A $20,000 EB is authorized for DC
applicants to enlist.
      (7) Culinary Specialist (CS): A $65,000 is authorized for
CS applicants without a degree or certificate to enlist.
      (8) Culinary Specialist (CS): A $70,000 EB is authorized for
CS applicants with a qualifying culinary certificate to enlist as
an E-3.
        i. A qualifying culinary certificate is defined as a
culinary arts certification from an institution accredited by the
American Culinary Federation.
        ii. The culinary certificate must be verified by the
        iii. CS members who acquire a culinary certificate
after completion of CS Class A-School and members in the
Regular Coast Guard who acquire or hold a culinary
certificate are ineligible.
      (9) Culinary Specialist (CS): A $75,000 EB is authorized
for CS applicants with a qualifying culinary degree to enlist as
an E-3.
         i. A qualifying culinary degree is defined as an
Associate of Arts (AA) or Bachelor of Arts (BA)
degree in culinary arts from an accredited academic
or culinary institution.
        ii. The culinary degree must be verified by the CS
Rating Force Master Chief (RFMC).
        iii. CS members who acquire a culinary degree after
completion of CS Class A-School and members in the
Regular Coast Guard who acquire or hold a culinary
degree are ineligible.
current active duty enlisted personnel who agree to attend and
complete Class A-Schools below in subparagraphs (b) - (h), or in
the BM Rating Apprenticeship Program (RAP), and agree to extend
their enlistment upon graduation to meet obligated service IAW
REF (D).
    a. General eligibility requirements:
      (1) All CSTBs incur a four (4) year Active Duty Service
Commitment (ADSC) from date of Class A-School graduation,
advancement to pay grade E-4 through the BM RAP, or receipt of
designator, whichever is later. Applicable contract extensions
must be executed upon graduation of Class A-School, advancement
to E-4 through BM-RAP, or receipt of designator to meet the
minimum obligated service requirement;
      (2) Members must abide by all requirements and eligibility
qualifications IAW REF (B);
      (3) Members may not receive a CSTB if they have signed a
contract (annex) to receive a GA-EB for the same rate;
      (4) Members who qualify for a CSTB, but received an EB, will
receive the computed difference between the CSTB and EB;
      (5) Members must continuously meet all performance and conduct
standards including additional reenlistment criteria as
outlined in REF (E). Members who are eligible to extend
are eligible to receive a CSTB; and
      (6) Members must apply for the bonus by completing and
submitting the Bonus Agreement listed in Paragraph 5.a.
of this ALCOAST.
    b. A $65,000 CSTB is authorized for CS Class A-School.
    c. A $20,000 CSTB is authorized for DC Class A-School.
    d. A $20,000 CSTB is authorized for MK Class A-School.
    e. A $65,000 CSTB is authorized for ET Class A-School.
    f. A $20,000 CSTB is authorized for GM Class A-School.
    g. A $40,000 CSTB is authorized for OS Class A-School.
    h. A $20,000 CSTB is authorized for EM Class A-School.
    i. A $40,000 CSTB is authorized for BM RAP. To be eligible, a
member must hold a current Boat Crew certification on any platform
(except punts, skiffs, and ice rescue boats). Commands of new
prospective applicants who meet the requirements must submit an
A-school request form selecting BM RAP.
The only approved Bonus Agreements to be used per this ALCOAST are
as follows:
    a. GA-EB: CG Form 7220A (revised Jun 2022 or later).
    b. CSTB: CG Form 7220D (revised Aug 2022 or later), "Critical
Skills Training Bonus."
    c. CSTB BM RAP: CG Form 5305G (revised Sep 2022 or later),
"Enlistment Bonus: Boatswain Mate Rating Apprenticeship Program."
    d. All authorized forms are located at:
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    e. Members must maintain physical and medical standards for
continuous retention IAW REF (F).
    f. Members considering appointment to the warrant or officer
corps may still enlist, re-enlist, or extend their contract in
one of the above mentioned ratings without electing to receive
a bonus.
    g. The Pay & Personnel Center (PPC) receives a high volume of
bonus questions and submissions. Unanswered questions must be
routed through the member's SPO before engaging PPC. Payments
may take up to two (2) months from the date a member's SPO has
submitted a trouble ticket to PPC. Refrain from contacting PPC
about a bonus until two (2) months have elapsed from a trouble
ticket's submission date. If it is not known whether a ticket
has been submitted, designated yeoman should contact PPC
Customer Care for investigation. If no ticket is active,
submit a trouble ticket with appropriate bonus documentation.
    h. COs and OICs are reminded that all members who agree to
obligate service and are within the FY of their end of
enlistment, or within the FY of their six (6) and ten (10)
year active duty anniversary date will: (1) be counseled on
their SRB eligibility; (2) have the opportunity to read REF
(B) in its entirety; and (3) sign the appropriate
Administrative Remarks, Form CG-3307, for their record.
    i. Eligible members are reminded that they ultimately decide the
length of contractual obligation and actual date of reenlistment.
A reenlistment requires the member's signature acknowledging they
have read and understood the terms of the contract and have had all
questions answered to their satisfaction.
    j. Members who previously signed contracts IAW REF (D) are
prohibited from canceling their existing contract to sign a new
contract to meet the requirements of this ALCOAST.
    k. Members who were counseled about their SRB eligibility and
signed an Administrative Remarks, Form CG-3307, entry IAW REF (D),
but have not signed a reenlistment contract, are eligible to receive
a bonus in accordance with this message. Members must still meet
the remaining requirements of this ALCOAST and REF (B).
    l. For questions, members should contact their unit counselors
(typically the Command YN/CMC/SCPO/MCPO) well in advance of
their reenlistment or extension date. Additional sources of
information include servicing personnel officers, work-life
staff, and senior Yeoman. For questions that cannot be answered
after exhausting all of the above resources, the designated
administrative support representative for that specific unit may
contact COMDT (CG-133) at: HQS-PolicyandStandards@uscg.mil.
    m. Special Assignment Considerations: Members in critical ratings
are encouraged to apply for special assignment opportunities;
PSC-EPM will work within each rating to ensure a proper balance is
achieved between special assignments and rating needs.
6. Questions regarding this ALCOAST may be directed to Office of
Military Personnel Policy (CG-133) at:
7. This message will be cancelled on 01 OCT 2023.
8. RADM M. W. Raymond, Assistant Commandant for Military Personnel
(CG-1M), sends.
9. Internet release is authorized.