ISS1 2017

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Now h ear This: Reserve Policy Manual Updated On December 12, 2016, the Reserve Policy Manual, COMDTINST M1001.28C, was released and with its promulgation, significant new policies affecting the Service as a whole were implemented. The most notable changes in this version of the Reserve Policy Manual are: * Policies on Reserve Assignments aimed at alleviating some of the problems associated with drilling outside a Reasonable Commuting Distance (RCD); * A complete new section on how reservists can earn non-regular retirement points and on occasion, basic pay for command directed coursework completed using Electronic Based Distributive Learning (EBDL) methodologies; * Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program (SAPR) enhancements for reservists who choose to keep their report of sexual assault restricted and still want medical benefits after they are released from active duty; * Significant medical policy clarifications that made shepherding reservists through the Physical Disability Evaluation System (PDES) more efficiently, and with reduced errors; and * The creation of active training opportunities for senior Reserve officers assigned to the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) through the creation of Individual Augmentation Duty (IAD). There are several other policy changes or clarifications interspersed throughout this new update. It is strongly recommended that every reservist (no matter how long they have served) thoroughly read through each chapter so they can gain a general understanding of what is expected of them, and what they can expect from the Service when it comes to their administration and training. The nuances and intricacies of policies specific to Coast Guard reservists can be challenging to navigate and make sense of. This newly updated manual goes a long way in clearly articulating these policies and making it easier for reservists to better manage their time as a citizen sailor. Thanks for your contributions and suggestions on the most recent update. As always, your comments and recommendations are encouraged for the next revision of the RPM as the staff has already begun to assemble edits for it. The next version is expected to be promulgated sometime in 2018. Many thanks to Lt. Macy Tumblin, Lt. James "Scooter" McKnight, Lt.j.g. Andrea Greene, and Chief Warrant Officer Anthony Giaccone for putting in countless staff hours over a two year period to get this new update out to the field. — Submitted by Cmdr. Thomas V. Gwilliam. CG-1311 Do you need assistance? Help from CGMA is within reach: "CGMA has gone above and beyond to help my family" - BM1 Chad Sigle Emergency interest-free loans Disaster Response Education Programs Free Financial Counseling 42 RESERVIST � Issue 1 • 2017

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