ISS2 2017

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New C School Training Process Focused on Improving Readiness The Coast Guard Reserve exists to provide operationally capable and ready personnel to support Coast Guard surge and mobilization requirements in the homeland and abroad. To be able to accomplish this, the Reserve force needs to be trained and competent. Over the last few years, the Office of Reserve Affairs, Commandant CG-131, has worked hard to improve the training availability to members, streamline allocation of C School quotas, maximize the return on investment of the Reserve Training (RT) appropriation and better communicate training usage to the field. Though not an all-inclusive list, outlined below are a few of the more noteworthy initiatives that have come to fruition. In March 2016, an iDashboard was established to provide information to field units on C School courses for which the Coast Guard Reserve has paid quotas and, equally important, utilization rates of those quotas that get updated throughout the Fiscal Year (FY). This increased transparency for the unit and member allows for accurate reporting of quota utilization and enables users to see both which quotas were purchased purchased by the Reserve Program and which were provided to the reservists but not paid for by the RT appropriation. The new dashboard can be accessed through the Reserve website top menu under Reserve Resources>CG-131>CG- 1311>Training Opportunities [*click* on "Training Opportunities"]. Connection to the CGOne network is required. The dashboard is updated quarterly to show quotas used to date and which courses were attended by reservists. In February 2016, an improved process in how the Coast Guard Reserve gains access to courses through the C School quota build process was implemented. Previously, the Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM), Training Division began the build process in February each year by compiling the list of courses and offering all of the programs an opportunity to pay for seats in each course. In years past, the Coast Guard Reserve would be the last to gain access to the course list after all other active duty programs had completed their allocations. The Coast Guard Reserve would then pick from what was left over, paying for seats in the courses required for individual qualifications. Often times though, the amounts and types of courses that were required could not be purchased due to limited quota availability. In a new process, the Coast Guard Reserve has been afforded the opportunity to be one of the first programs to view course allocations and purchase seats. In 2017, CG-131 is going into the course build, with the support of other programs such as Deputy Commandant for Operations (DCO) and Director of Operational Logistics (DOL), and selecting the courses that fit the needs of reservists attempting to fulfill training requirements. This ground-breaking change greatly shifts the paradigm that we have been working under for the last decade by giving the Coast Guard Reserve better, more inclusive access to much needed training. In making this change, commands and reservists will be better able to plan their training throughout the year. "FORCECOM is very excited about the strategic partnership with the Reserve program codified through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)," reports Cmdr. Steve Ramassini, FORCECOM-Training, Mission Support Branch Chief. "This relationship will provide the Reserve program total visibility and access to the approved C School list and assist them in their goal of balancing fiscal stewardship and Reserve readiness throughout the entire Reserve workforce." According to Ramissini, the partnership under this MOU will enable the Force Readiness Command Training Management staff to have a single touch point for all Reserve workforce training needs. The introduction of this efficiency will ensure more consistent service across the Reserve workforce, total visibility for the Reserve program related to 34 RESERVIST � Issue 2 • 2017

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