ISS3 2018

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RESERVIST MAGAZINE BOAT FORCES UPDATE The process behind funding PPE All Coast Guard personnel in boat crew billets, regardless of status (break in or certified) are issued the required Rescue Survival and Systems (R&S) personal protective equipment (PPE). PPE, which is identified in the Rescue and Survival Systems Manual (CIM 10470.10G), must be cared for and maintained in accordance with its respective maintenance procedure card (MPC). Each unit's R&S petty officer oversees his or her program, but oftentimes relies on the members to maintain their gear. Each piece of gear has its own MPC to maintain high quality and prolong product longevity. (Standard gear issue information is found on MPC KB0026.0.) There's a process to maintaining PPE. All issued gear issued is documented, and accountability is maintained through annual inventories and periodic inspections. Oversight of the R&S program occurs during each unit's Boat Forces Standardization (STAN) Team visit. Some recent findings from STAN visits include incorrect documentation, improper assembly of safety features (line, knots, retro, etc.), and missing/incomplete gear. The RFO and self-assessment mirror a STAN visit by using STAN checklists, so, PPE gets inspected annually. Funding is provided to each unit with reservists (those who require PPE) assigned. An allotment of PPE money is a line item in the unit's budget and is funded for each active duty and reservist on the Personnel Allowance List (PAL). (This is a change from years past when only filled billets received funds for PPE.) The PPE allotment is based on a five-year replacement cycle. This money comes from Headquarters and is dispersed through the areas to the districts; from there, it's distributed to the sectors, which allotted to each of their units that require PPE for their billets. If a unit doesn't have the resources to provide the required PPE for its members, forward a memo requesting the necessary funding through the chain of command to the Office of Boat Forces (CG-731). In the memo, document the shortfall and the measures taken to correct the issue. As with any problem, try to resolve PPE discrepancies at the lowest level, but if additional funding is necessary to provide protection for our boat crews, send it up the chain! Surprisingly, the amount of funding for PPE, nationally, has not increased in over five years even though the cost of the equipment goes up each year. Too often, units are relying on end-of-year requests to supplement their R&S program, which undermines the allotment for PPE at the national level. If units don't request the funds they need in order to adequately protect all their personnel, the system of supply and demand doesn't work. We look forward to helping you protect your shipmates. — Story by Chief Petty Officer Jon Jones, Standardization Team and Don Hartmayer, Office of Boat Forces "Surprisingly, the amount of funding for PPE, nationally, has not increased in over five years even though the cost of the equipment goes up each year." 30 RESERVIST � Issue 3 • 2018

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