Reservist

ISS1 2019

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More training time = more coxswains: ATP investment in Reserve human capital pays off In fiscal year 2018, Coast Guard reservists in Boat Forces completed more than $200,000 worth of additional training periods (ATPs), mainly to increase the number of Reserve coxswains. This was the largest award of ATPs ever received by Boat Forces billeted members. The Office of Boat Forces (CG-731) and the Office of Reserve Affairs (CG-1312) worked closely to make sure the ATPs went to the individuals who required a short burst of the additional paid training time to complete tasks toward certification. In most cases, this was for Reserve coxswains, which become training force multipliers for Reserve boat crews. In the past, ATPs were sparsely awarded. However, FY18 included the important concept of providing ATPs to a Reserve trainer at the units to which the ATPs were allocated. This proved to be an essential component of the ATP success. Having a Reserve trainer available meant there was a person solely focused on the trainee, which didn't require any unit resources, with the exception of boat hours. CG-731 surveyed the break-ins, trainers, and senior enlisted Reserve advisors (SERAs) at units that participated in the ATP program last year. The responses spanned the full range of those who couldn't use all the ATPs awarded, citing civilian work, school and personal reasons, to those receiving a certification as a result of the extra time on Inactive Duty for Training (IDT) status. The results of last year's ATPs included decisive accomplishments. • A total of 36 percent of the break-ins responded to the survey. These break-ins reported 343 tasks signed off, eight oral boards, and eleven certifications accomplished by the end of FY18. This investment is still paying dividends as additional certifications are expected in FY19 as a result of these ATPs. All of the respondents found the time helpful. When asked, "Considering your civilian responsibilities, if more training time were available, would you be able to attend more training days?" and 80 percent of the break-ins replied they could. Half of the respondents said they could train more than seven additional days. • The addition of the trainers at these units proved to be valuable as well. Nearly 60 percent of the trainers responded to the survey. When asked to score the statement; "The Coast Guard values my skills as a trainer", 75 percent of the respondents agreed. Like their break-in shipmates, the trainers responded in a manner that further dispels the long- standing misunderstanding that reservists are not available to drill more that their 48 drills and 12 active duty days per year. In fact, 75 percent of the trainers reported the ability to provide more training days, with most reporting that they have more than four days of additional availability. • SERAs from units that received ATPs were also surveyed. 100 percent of the SERAs reported that they found the ATPs helpful and crucial to the development of their unit's overall competency strength. Respondents highlighted the critical support provided by the active duty commands during the additional training time. The SERAs emphasized the necessity of ATPs in certifying break-ins, and requested that future ATPs be awarded as early as possible in the fiscal year. These comments and the resounding success of last year's ATPs have inspired FY19 ATP allotments. CG-1312 and CG-731 partnered again in FY19 to provide ATPs to members who are close to obtaining a certification. With almost 2,300 ATP drills authorized, the Coast Guard can look forward to another very impressive year of training for reservists serving in the Boat Forces community. — Story by Senior Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Bernice, & Don Hartmayer, Office of Boat Forces Issue 1 • 2019 � RESERVIST 47

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