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June 8, 2021

COVID-19: Reserve Demobilization Guidance Issued

ALCOAST 210/21​ provides guidance for units and Servicing Personnel Offices (SPOs) on common issues and questions identified during the Release from Active Duty (RELAD) process for reservists recalled to active duty under USC Sec. 12302 or USC Sec. 12301(d) (contingency Active Duty for Operational Support (ADOS)). For purposes of entitlements and benefits, COVID-19 response is considered a contingency operation. ​

June 7, 2021

TRICARE Health Coverage Options for Young Adults

Is your child graduating from college this year? Or, are they a recent graduate? This is typically a time of transitions, whether to a new job, home, or city. It's also a time for many new graduates to transition to their own independent health care coverage. If your child is one of them, TRICARE Young Adult is one of several health care coverage options that may fit their needs.

May 27, 2021

FSAFeds announces special enrollment period

In response to recent legislation and IRS guidance, FSAFEDS is announcing important changes to Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts (HCFSAs), Limited Expense Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts (LEX HCFSAs) and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (DCFSAs).

May 26, 2021

Coast Guard adopts DoD form for retired pay accounts

CG Form 4700, Coast Guard, PHS & NOAA Retired Pay Account Worksheet and Survivor Benefit Plan Election is being phased out. Coast Guard, PHS and NOAA personnel will join their DoD counterparts and begin using DD Form 2656, Data for Payment of Retired Personnel to establish their retired pay accounts at the Pay & Personnel Center.

May 26, 2021

How to open the DD-2656 and other advanced PDF forms on a CG standard workstation.

Many people will try opening a PDF form and find that they get an error that says "Please wait." This is not a problem with the form but has to do with the set-up of your computer's browser as the default for opening Adobe Acrobat forms. Many computers use the browser's built-in PDF viewer as the default for opening Adobe forms, but the browser's viewer cannot handle the macros built into the form. The simple solution to this problem is to save the form to your computer and then open the form by starting Acrobat Reader DC (from the start menu) and use it to open the form from its saved location. This should open the form in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC rather than your browser, allowing full functionality.

April 28, 2021

e-Reserve: The Coast Guard unveils new tool for one-stop reservist admin

In December, the Coast Guard unveiled a Command Center for Reserve management. Long term, eReserve is designed to be a tool for reservists to manage their own careers, and for administrators to more easily solve problems when they arise.

March 25, 2021

Career Intentions Worksheet (CG-2045) Update

This is notification that CG-Form 2045, Career Intentions Worksheet, has been updated to allow Command Approvers to electronically submit the approved form via email through a "Submit Button" at the bottom of the page.

March 16, 2021

Personnel and Pay Procedures Manual - Chapter Ten

This Email ALSPO message promulgates an update to the Personnel & Pay Procedures Manual (PPPM), PPCINST M1000.2 (series). This message promulgates chapter ten of the PPPM.

March 15, 2021

Health Record Disposition Delays due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Be sure to obtain a copy of your health record prior to separation or retirement.

March 12, 2021

Policy Update: For FY21 Coast Guard Tuition Assistance (TA) has increased

Educational benefits jumped from $2,250 to $3,750 annually for active duty and reserve members.

March 3, 2021

Here’s how the Personnel Readiness Task Force is working for you

Now finishing its second year, the Personnel Readiness Task Force (PRTF) is a special-assignment, five-person team tackling Coast Guard workforce readiness and retention challenges. The team creates innovative solutions pulled from research, field input, and from the other services.

Dec. 11, 2020

Military Personnel Data Records (PDR) System, COMDTINST M1080.10 (series) Updated

Change 2 to Military Personnel Data Records (PDR) System, COMDTINST M1080.10 (series) has been issued.

Nov. 4, 2020

Yeoman in the Spotlight: Chief Petty Officer Richard DePascale

Our Deckplate Leader of the week Chief Petty Officer Richard DePascale, the Admin Chief of U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May!

Oct. 26, 2020

2021 Reserve High Year Tenure Suspension

ALCGRSV message 065/20 announced ​the suspension of 2021 High Year Tenure for the Reserve Enlisted Workforce.

Oct. 22, 2020

Veterans Affairs (VA) Separation Health Assessments

M​embers separating from active duty must complete a Separation History and Physical Examination (SHPE) and a mental health assessment (MHA) prior to separation. Servicemembers who file a disability claim with the VA prior to separation, via the Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program, will receive a VA provided Separation Health Assessment (SHA). ALCOAST Commandant Notice 127/20 authorizes the use of the VA separation Health Assess​ment to meet the requirements for a military SHPE and MHA.​​