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ISS4 2018

Reservist Magazine is the award-winning official publication of the United States Coast Guard Reserve. Quarterly issues include news and feature articles about the men and women who comprise America's premier national maritime safety and security

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RESERVIST MAGAZINE BOAT FORCES UPDATE The BM RFMC addresses the Reserve BMs Great work is being done by boatswain's mates in all reaches of the Coast Guard. I hear about much of the outstanding training going on and, as a result, the successes and achievements that go along with it. This year was uniquely successful for the Reserve program with over $200,000 invested in additional training periods (ATPs), bolstering the training for many reservists filling Boat Forces billets. This expenditure in time and of money has created an immediate and necessary lift for reserve BMs. Recently, I heard from Senior Chief Petty Officer Jeff Wildes reporting on how at Station Seattle, "BM3 Maggie Nicol performed her ADT-AT in Yorktown and was given an additional two weeks of ADT-OTD for OJT at the Station. I am proud to say that she has now joined the ranks of certified coxswains! I was on her board that included multiple coxswains, including active duty personnel, we all agreed that it was one of the most professional boards they have served on." Similarly, I heard from Master Chief Petty Officer Jeff Pelland, officer-in-charge of Station San Diego, "Chief Mejia [the station's reserve training petty officer (RTPO)] put on an outstanding week-long coxswain board prep school that resulted in BM3 Fine passing his initial coxswain board, and MK1 Artac will be ready for his board once he completes his remaining PQS items. They made excellent use of the additional drill week given to them!" These are just two examples of the many successes we're seeing across the service. Some of the success can be attributed to the vision and employment of the Boat Forces Reserve Management Plan. The plan, initially implemented five years ago, made major changes to the force laydown and the expectations of those assigned to stations. These major changes included: reserve competencies created for each platform type that are on par with active duty competencies, members not being restricted to RB-S platform only, and the currency cycle changed to annual time frame to fit ADT/IDT schedule of reservists. Other sweeping changes included the restructuring of the number of reserve billets at a unit in order to align with training capacity (defined as six billets per boat crew, maximum of four boat crews per unit). Finally, there were two leadership billets placed at stations with specific job descriptions, a BMC billet added to the RPAL as the RTPO and the senior reserve enlisted advisor (SERA) to focus on administration and readiness. These changes, at every station in the Coast Guard, have yielded the terrific results they promised years ago. The Reserve force now has 330 certified boat coxswains trained and ready to mobilize. 26 RESERVIST � Issue 4 • 2018

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