ISS3 2012

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DEERS new Self-Service Website - LAUNCHED! During the last week of May 2012, Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) announced a new self-service website – RAPIDS Self-Service Portal! Purpose: The primary purpose of the website is to serve eligible dependents of Coast Guard members/employees with processing their identification card updates at any facility. How It Works: The RAPIDS Self-Service (RSS) is now available to Common Access Card (CAC) holders. RSS application provides sponsors with the capability to generate a DD Form 1172-2 for those dependents in need of a new identification (ID) card and add dependent data to DEERS. Using this web based application, CAC holders have the ability to update certain information associated with their record. Additionally, they may use RSS to verify a family member's relationship and eligibility by digitally signing the DD Form 1172-2* for ID card re-issuance. All members/employees with a CAC card (or DS Logon, including Contractors) are authorized to use the website to update their information, and if they have authorized dependents/family members, can request the DD Form 1172-2 for them as well. The only members who are still required to go to a DEERS facility to obtain a DD Form 1172-2 are members who have a college-bound student. In these cases, a letter** from the college MUST be obtained PRIOR to the issuance of the DD Form 1172-2. The letter MUST indicate: (1) full-time student status; and (2) anticipated graduation date. SAMPLE LETTER FOR STUDENTS OVER 21 BUT UNDER 23 FROM: OFFICE OF THE SCHOOL REGISTRAR STUDENT'S NAME: EXPECTED GRADUATION DATE: TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: This is to verify that the above named student is currently enrolled in a full-time course of study leading to an associate degree or higher for the (FALL/ SPRING) semester/quarter (DATES). If there are any questions concerning this matter, please call (PHONE NUMBER). Sincerely (Certification Officer) [Note: f an card is needed during a summer breakǡ the sponsor should provide the above information and the school should also indicate that the student was enrolled fullǦtime in the semesterȀ quarter before the breakǤȐ WEBSITES: Ȉ Ȉ ortalǣ httpsǣȀȀwwwǤdmdcǤosdǤmilȀself̴serviceǤ ǣ for oung dults Questions: If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please contact Lt. Jocelyn Soriano, Policy and Plans Division, COMDT (CG-1311) at * A DD Form 1172-2 that is digitally-signed and generated through RSS will be stored in DEERS and is a viewable document in RAPIDS. Once verified using RSS, Sponsors no longer need to accompany their family members to get the ID Card – except in the case of college-bound students. ** This is an ANNUAL requirement, meaning that the card will be valid for 1 year, and must be renewed every year until the day before the dependent's 23rd birthday. Upon the dependent reaching age 23, in order to receive continued medical/dental coverage, they must be enrolled in the TRICARE for Young Adult (TYA) program. (Contact your local TRICARE representative for enrollment procedures and more information.) The DEERS technician CANNOT add the TYA entitlement to the family record. Did You Know… …You Can Receive Email Updates of Your Personal Readiness? Leveraging existing data systems to maximize operational capabilities, Coast Guard Business Intelligence (CGBI) now offers all CG active duty and reserve personnel the ability to receive personal readiness status updates and/ or monthly status summaries by email – either their USCG account or a non- USCG account. (See ALCOAST 271/11.) To sign up for this service log-in to CGBI at from any CG standard workstation. Then click on "My Profile", and follow the instructions provided in the "My Personal Notifications" section. A job aid is available at Users have the option to use either their USCG or non-USCG email account. However, only valid email accounts that are reflected in direct access can be utilized in this service. In addition, CGBI has also developed the "CGBI email notification usage" report for command staff to view personnel utilization of this service. This report can be accessed by logging on to CGBI and opening the report either in the cubes and report view, or using the CGBI search engine. or assistanceǡ please contact the 6:30 am-6:30 pm (E.D.T). *TTVF t ᕇ RESERVIST 39 help desk at 1Ǧͺ77Ǧ Ǧ or ȋ͵04Ȍʹ64Ǧʹ500ǡ ondayǦ riday

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