U. S. Coast Guard Pay & Personnel Center
Direct-Access Planned Maintenance Outage
Direct Access will not be available from Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 9:00 PM (CDT) until Friday, July 1, 2022, at 1:00 AM (CDT). This outage is necessary for system and server maintenance.
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May 12, 2022
Retiree Newsletter - The Long Blue Line - Spring 2022
THE LONG BLUE LINE, SPRING 2022, YOUR RETIREE NEWSLETTER & MORE, along with previous issues of the LBL, are accessible at: https://www.longblueline.org/
April 18, 2022
Known Issue: Approval of DD-214s for Reserve Component Members
An issue has been reported concerning the timing of the approval of DD-214 forms for reserve component members.
April 1, 2022
Update to the PCS Entitlements / Advances, TLE and Separation Leave Calculator
The updated 2022 PCS Entitlements / Advances, TLE & Separation Leave Calculator is now online
March 29, 2022
Coast Guard Works to Pay Backlogged Claims
The Coast Guard has paid more than 25 percent of temporary duty (TDY) backlogged claims in the last week. Additionally, the Travel Assist Team (TAT) will now be available through the remainder of fiscal year 2022 (FY22) to assist with travel claims.
March 23, 2022
Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Travel Claims, Advances And Travel Reservations For Military Members
ALCOAST 099/22 provides current information for processing PCS advance payment requests and claims. Procedures for making travel arrangements to or from Alaska are provided as well.
Feb. 11, 2022
How to Prepare a DD-214 for Someone Who Doesn't Have a Middle Name
It easier than you think.
Feb. 2, 2022
CG Participation in DoD SkillBridge Program
This Flag Voice announces the Coast Guard’s official participation in DoD’s SkillBridge Program. This program complements the Transition Assistance Program in preparing our separating and retiring members for post-Coast Guard employment. Unlike TAPS, however, SkillBridge is a discretionary program; COs, CDRs and OinCs should only grant permission for members to participate in this up-to-six month program if they can do so with no more than minimal impact to unit readiness.
Dec. 30, 2021
Corrected 2020 OASDI Tax Deferral IRS Form W-2C Available in Direct Access
Per IRS guidance, if you had only one employer during 2020 and your Form W-2c (Corrected Wages and Tax Statement) for 2020 only shows a correction to box 4 to account for employee Social Security tax that was deferred in 2020 and withheld in 2021 pursuant to IRS Notice 2020-65, no further steps are required.
Nov. 4, 2021
Regular to Reserve (R2R) Frequently Asked Questions
The Coast Guard inadvertently misinterpreted a 2010 BCMR ruling for a Regular to Reserve (R2R) case in which it was authorized to close the break in service of a member who transitioned into the Coast Guard Reserve by way of Regular to Reserve (R2R). PPC blanketed this ruling to any R2R Rehire from 2010-2017 and aligned their Anniversary Year with their Pay Base Date.
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. 22, 2021
Retiring From the Service? Get to Know Your TRICARE Options
If you're getting ready to retire from active duty or reserve service, your goal is likely to make a smooth transition to civilian life. TRICARE can help you do that. When you retire from active duty or retire from the National Guard or Reserve, you'll experience a TRICARE Qualifying Life Event (QLE). QLEs open a 90-day window where you can enroll in a new TRICARE health plan or change your coverage.
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.
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.
Dec. 18, 2020
Separating or Retiring? Take Your Mandatory Transition Training
All members are required to take pre-separation counseling on the Learning Management System (LMS) or a transition seminar. Members are authorized to begin their transition one year out from separation or two years out from retiring. Contact your local transition manager or visit the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) website at https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/CG1/Health-Safety-and-Work-Life-CG-11/Office-of-Work-Life-CG-111/Transition-Assistance-Program/.
Oct. 22, 2020
Veterans Affairs (VA) Separation Health Assessments
Members 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 Assessment to meet the requirements for a military SHPE and MHA.