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RESERVIST MAGAZINE BOAT FORCES UPDATE Boat Forces Readiness Framework: Incorporating reservists into STAN and RFO inspections Discussing the fifth and final year of implementation for the Boat Forces Reserve Management Plan (BFRMP) brings me great pride. I remember reading about the BFRMP years ago in Reservist magazine, and at the time, the overarching plan seemed difficult to digest all at once. Now, the components of the plan are nearly fully employed, and the program has seen amazing success. Getting the right number of reservists at stations who are best equipped to appropriately handle their training has generated a service-wide increase in certification rates (from below 35 percent to now more than 66 percent). These boat crew certifications demonstrate how the Coast Guard Reserve Component is more ready than ever to respond to the demands of a mobilization, and are a direct result of the mindful approach used in taking of the Boat Forces Reserve Management Plan from theory to reality. As I travel to units, I make sure I spend time talking to officers- in-charge, senior enlisted reserve advisors (SERAs), and as many individual reservists as possible about the next policy phase, the Boat Forces Readiness Framework. The BFRF is a new chapter in the ongoing evolution of Boat Forces and is located in the Boat Operations and Training Manual, Part 5. BFRF serves as predominant governance for all boat stations and includes both active and reserve components. The main goals of the BFRF are summarized in six points: • Increase safety and personal protective equipment • Increase prociency, eTesting & drills • Improve efciency, inspections & boat life cycle management • Data analysis on aggregate inspection results • Optimize materiel conditions • Reduce inspection burdens Discussions about the impact of the BFRF on station reservists continue to take place, with considerable feedback. A major point is the inclusion of reserve gear bags and participation in the rest of the inspection cycle as well. That inspection cycle includes a visit from the Standardization Team, which includes written knowledge assessments. STAN is followed the next year by the local Ready for Operations team. The last portion of the three- year cycle is a unit self-assessment where commands will be required to report outcomes up the Chain of Command and make inspection results available in the future to both STAN and RFO Teams. The FY18 Boat Forces STAN report, issued in February, showed room for improvement from the Reserve perspective. The STAN Team reviewed the gear bags and training records of 347 reserve boat crew personnel. The report included some reserve specific information gleaned from the 36 stations with reservists assigned. In FY18, at 36 stations, 60 percent of the total number of reserve gear bags were provided to the STAN Team for inspection. Rescue and Survival Systems had 152 administrative discrepancies: primarily, the AF-538 form was incorrectly filled out and PPE inventories were overdue. Additionally, of the 255 gear bags that were inspected, there were 156 pieces of gear that need to be repaired, replaced or purchased, meaning 61 percent of gear bags had discrepancies. Administratively, 25 percent of units inspected did not have the correct tasks added to their reservists in TMT for accurate tracking. Some additional attention is needed in the areas of training and survival gear maintenance. Reserve training petty officers (RTPO) need to routinely check TMT for proper competency and task assignments. They can emphasize regular individual gear checks among personnel. This becomes especially important as seasons change and survival gear demands shift, as well as RFO and STAN bringing a closer look at accountability. The points of gear issuance, accountability, competency assignments, and data analysis are targeted to demonstrate the importance of "continuous improvement" and should be elements of discussion among the crew. In establishing common language and standardized expectations unit OICs, SERAs, RTPOs, and individuals have a go-to resource in the BFRF. The BFRF stands as the newest collective reference for the service's ongoing expectation for exemplary safety standards, and renowned operational proficiency. — Story by Senior Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Bernice Reserve Force Management Coordinator – BM Figure 1 – Summarized Inspection Cycle from the Boat Forces Readiness Framework, Part 5 46 RESERVIST � Issue 1 • 2019

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