ISS2 2017

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of record as long as training capacity is available. Reserve Force Master Chief Eric Johnson is a strong advocate of Reasonable Commuting Distance (RCD). He wants to ensure that Reserve policies allow for the success of its members without negative impacts to readiness and advancement due to the logistics of attending drills and training beyond RCD. In keeping with its goal to optimize Reserve training, CG-131 has assumed the responsibility of managing the quotas for "C" schools, giving reservists guaranteed seats and an increased preparation period before the start of class. A new Individual Training Plan (ITP) process is being implemented that will better manage training for an individual member's assigned competencies and prioritize Reserve 'C' school attendance. The Office of Boat Forces (CG-731) provided a brief outlining the status of the Boat Forces Reserve Management Plan. 2017 marks the fourth year of a five year plan to align Reserve Force billets with the existing training capacity at Stations. The goal of this plan is to have the right people with the right training in the right place at the right time. Boat Forces is building a system to allow our part-time workforce to attain and maintain boat crew competencies and proficiency so they are ready to respond quickly when needed to supplement the Coast Guard. Machinery Technician Rating Force Master Chief (MK-RFMC) Christopher Allard addressed questions regarding the lack of fluidity in the advancement in the Reserve MK rating. Currently, fifty-four E-4 Reserve billets are vacant while E-5 billets are overstaffed at 106%. Before making any large shifts or competency assignments changes within the Reserve MK workforce, CG-741 is reviewing a CG Human Capital Strategy and the impact to Coast Guard missions. A possible option is to increase MK billets at Port Security Units (PSUs) and to continue the reallocation of engineering rated billets into the Base Reserve Maintenance Assist Team (R-MAT) program (see articles in RESERVIST magazine, Issue 2, 2016). During the afternoon session 5th District Reserve Command Master Chief William Princiotta gave a presentation on and stressed the importance of knowing the details of the Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP). The RCSBP allows a military member to leave a percentage of his/her future retirement to a family member. All retirement eligible members should review the information carefully to familiarize themselves with the important deadlines, options and regulations that govern the RCSBP decision making process. Within 90 days of a member receiving his/her letter confirming 20 years of credible service for retirement an initial selection must be made which will affect all or any future monthly annuity payments. To learn more members are encouraged to view the Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan guide and Form CG-11221 at the following Pay and Personnel Center website link: ppc/ras/sbp.asp The valuable contributions and helpful interactions among all participants made this event a success. Cmdr Kirsten Trego, Delaware Bay SRO, offered the following observations on the significance of the combined SERA workshop. "This model of collaboration fostered [a high level of] transparency and robust discussion. Sector Delaware Bay will continue to bring the SERAs together to leverage collective creativity to best support the Coast Guard, the Reserve Force and individual units as we continue to execute the mission the American people have come to expect." Lt.j.g Jessica Tull, Chief of Reserve Force Readiness System staff at Sector North Carolina SFO, added, "The support and interest that we received from the Headquarters level to the Sector during this event was incredible. We addressed numerous concerns, included the important stakeholders and decision makers, received pertinent information and created a manageable way forward." The workshops concluded with a call from Rear Adm. Austin during which she expressed her appreciation and support for the Reserve and all of its members. She also expressed gratitude for the SERAs and leadership they provide to the Reserve workforce with the tools, training, experience and direction needed to meet the Reserve mission: operationally capable and ready personnel to support the Coast Guard surge and mobilization requirements at home and abroad. — Story and photos by PA2 Emaia Rise Sector North Carolina's Senior Enlisted Reserve Advisors (SERA), Reserve Force Readiness System (RFRS) Staff and Command Master Chief (CMC) gathered together for 2017 SERA Workshop Saturday, February 11, 2017. Top Row (L-R): MKCM Kenneth King (SERA, STA Wrightsville Beach); YN1 z achary Libstaff, (RFRS); MKC d avid Madison, (SERA, STA Elizabeth City) and CMC Lou Coleman (Sector NC, CMC) Bottom Row: i VCM Everett Baxter (Sector NC, RCMC); BMCM Mike Freeman (SERA, STA o ak i sland); YNCM Rainey Scrocco (SERA, STA Fort Macon); MEC d ebbie Williams (Sector NC, Enforcement-Reserve) and Lt.j.g. Jessica Tull (RFRS). Issue 2 • 2017 � RESERVIST 13

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