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U. S. Coast Guard Pay & Personnel Center
Direct-Access Planned Maintenance Outage
Direct Access will not be available from Saturday, March 25, 2023, from 0600 (EST) until Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at 0600 (EST). This outage is necessary for an upgrade and modernization to Direct Access. For more information see ALCOAST 057/23.
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Jan. 21, 2023
Update to Active Duty Enlisted Retirement Beyond 30 Years
ALCOAST 014/23. This ALCOAST updates REF (A) by extending the retirement age for active duty enlisted members from 30 years to 34 years of military service.
Nov. 23, 2022
2023 Retiree and Annuitant Paydays
Retiree paydays are always on the first day of the month. If the first day of the month falls on a weekend, the pay date will move to the last business day of the payroll month.
2023 Adjustments to Retired/Retainer Pay, Survivor Annuities and Premiums
The following Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs) are effective December 1, 2023, based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) through the third quarter of the calendar year 2022. The term "retired pay" includes retainer pay and the term "members" includes former members.
Oct. 18, 2022
Fiscal Year 2023 Reserve Enlisted High Year Tenure (R-HYT)
All Coast Guard Reserve (ALCGRSV) message 059/22 provides guidance on the Reserve-High Year Tenure program for fiscal year (FY) 2023. A FY 2023 panel will be held for eligible Reserve enlisted members
in the grades of E-7 and E-8. R-HYT is suspended for all other grades through FY 2023.
Oct. 13, 2022
Social Security Announces 8.7 Percent Benefit Increase for 2023
Military retired pay will also increase by 8.7 percent in 2023.
Oct. 6, 2022
Five Reasons to Switch to TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery
Want your prescriptions delivered to your front door? TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery can help. Take a minute to see how getting your prescription drugs delivered may be right for you.
Oct. 3, 2022
Suspension of High Year Tenure (HYT)
ALCOAST 368/22 announces the suspension of enlisted HYT for active duty members until January 1, 2025.
Sept. 27, 2022
ALCOAST 360/22, E-Gov Travel System (ETS) Implementation Update Four
This ALCOAST provides guidance for ETS use in preparation for
FY23 and required actions for users and approvers.
Sept. 23, 2022
Commandant Hosts 40th Annual CG National Retiree Council Meeting
This year’s meeting was held in a hybrid format. During the meeting, the CGNRC discussed ways to support efforts to transition active duty members of the Coast Guard into civilian life and to “better connect active duty members and retirees,” according to Bob Hinds, Retiree Services Program manager.
Sept. 19, 2022
Procedures for the Recall to Active Duty of Retired Reservists
Reservists may be recalled, at their consent, for voluntary orders such as Active Duty for Operational Support and Extended Active Duty. This policy also includes the recall of retired reservists.
Aug. 30, 2022
Make Sure You Understand Recent TRICARE Telehealth Policy Changes
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) made several temporary updates to the TRICARE benefit regarding telehealth. The DHA recently updated these telehealth policies.
Aug. 26, 2022
TRICARE Helps You Stay On Top of Preventive Health Care
Preventive health checkups can help prevent health problems before they start. They can also help in the detection of conditions that you may be at risk for. TRICARE covers many types of preventive health care exams and screenings.
Aug. 10, 2022
Retiring From National Guard or Reserve? Know Your TRICARE Options
Are you thinking about retiring from the National Guard or Reserve? Since your TRICARE health plan options change as you age, it's important to understand the plans you and your family members may be eligible for at each stage of your retirement years.
July 28, 2022
Have TRICARE For Life Costs Questions? Find Answers Here
A good understanding of how Medicare and TRICARE For Life (TFL) work together is important. Here are Q&As to help you better understand the costs associated with TFL.
Read the article to learn more
July 8, 2022
Retirees Now Have More Time to Transition Into Their Forever Home
A major change in Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) for household goods (HHG) transportation was announced on June 24. Previously, members had a year following retirement to coordinate their HHG transportation. Now, members have three years to schedule their HHG after retirement.
June 14, 2022
Retiree and Annuitant Services Decedent Affairs
You can report the passing of your loved one via e-mail to email@example.com or by phone at 1 866 772-8724 (business hours are: M-F 0730 to 1600).
June 2, 2022
How to Use TRICARE and Other Health Insurance at the Pharmacy
Do you have other insurance in addition to the TRICARE? TRICARE calls this other health insurance (OHI). Some OHI includes a prescription drug benefit that can be used with the TRICARE Pharmacy Program.
April 15, 2022
Do You Need All 4 Parts of Medicare for TRICARE For Life?
Do you have Medicare, or will soon be eligible to enroll? Medicare has four parts: A, B, C, and D. It's important that you understand how each part differs and which parts you'll need for TRICARE For Life.
Feb. 10, 2022
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.
Jan. 11, 2022
Indiana to Phase Out State Income Tax on Military Retirement Pensions and Survivor Benefits by 2022
Indiana House Enrolled Act 1010 will phase in a full income tax exemption for military retirement pensions over four years (2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022).
Nebraska to Exempt Military Retired Pay from State Income Tax Beginning in 2022
On 26 May 2021, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts signed Legislative Bill (LB) 387 into law, allowing 100% of military retirement pay to be exempted from Nebraska income tax starting January 1, 2022.
Oct. 28, 2021
Reminder: If your retirement date is on or after 1 January, 2022, as of 1 November 2021, PPC/RAS will no longer accept Form CG-4700 as your application for retirement pay
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.
Sept. 16, 2021
Mailing Address and End-Year Tax Documents
END OF THE CURRENT TAX SEASON IS FAST APPROACHING! All retirees and annuitants are reminded that the Mailing Address listed in Direct Access (DA) is the address all your year-end tax documents will be sent to. Please note that your Home Address will NOT be used for these mailings.
May 18, 2021
Former Spouse – Annual Certification No Longer Required
The yearly certification that former spouses who receive division of retired pay pursuant to the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (FSPA) have completed in the past are no longer required. Consequently, former spouses won’t be receiving a reminder to file their yearly certification forms.
April 19, 2021
Long Term Care Benefits for the Uniformed Services
Richard Hartley, USCG Retired, FedPoint | Defense Agencies Account Manger, April 19, 2021 —
A long term care event can happen at any age, and the potential financial and emotional strain that comes with it can have an impact on you, your family, and your loved ones.