ISS3 2012

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On Deck F or the next few minutes you own the United States Coast Guard Reserve Program. You are now in charge of all the personnel, policy and funds. All those late night discussions with your fellow shipmates about how you think things could and should be done differently are now sitting squarely in your lap. Some of you have wanted this authority for many years and others are intimidated just thinking about this awesome responsibility. And, while much of the policy is derived from our CG active duty and DoD counterparts, for today you own it. Now that you are sitting in the big chair, let's look at some of the recent studies that are sitting in your inbox (desk copies are authorized and encouraged for this exercise). RSAT – Reserve Strategic Assessment Team: This post-911 chartered study assessed our processes and recommended changes that were required to improve the readiness and functionality of the eserve forceǤ t identiϐied ͺ4 administrative and policy gapsǤ ach one of the identiϐied gaps was individually assessed and assigned a projected outcome and priorityǤ he scope of this study was signiϐicant and its course of action was expected to take multiple years to completeǤ CIAO #9 – ommandant ntent ver time signiϐicant progress was madeǡ however many gaps remainedǤ ction eserve force was on the listǤ rderǣ hen ommandantǡ dmǤ had llen identiϐied the Reserve component still had room for improvement. He was aware of the RSAT study and the work that remainedǤ mong the top ten priorities the ommandant identiϐied to address during his tenure ϐixing longǦstand #9 was to review all past studies and develop policy on contingency stafϐing to determine the correct size of the elected eserveǤ here was speciϐic direction to address the future of the ort ecurity rateǤ think we can all agree to put that task in the Dzcompleted ϐiledzǤ RFRS – Reserve Force Readiness System: RSAT and CIAO 9 helped identify the lack of focused Reserve support on all levels of the organization and led to an internal review of the 536 Full Time Support (FTS) billets funded by the Reserve Training appropriation (AFC 90 account). It was determined that many FTS billets had little if any direct connection to supporting the Reserve force. In response, the RFRS structure was created and a multi-year plan was implemented to better align these billets within the organization. The goal was to improve management, administration, recruiting and training of the Reserve forces. CORE – Concept of Reserve Employment: This is one of the newest additions to your reference material. Although not complete yet, it takes all the policies and inputs from CG eadquarters program ofϐices and brings them down to the billet levelǤ series of ALCOASTs are alleviating the age old question of what enlisted members really need to focus on during their training time. As the messages are promulgated, it is important to ensure that training software programs (TMT, ALMIS) are updated so readiness can be evaluated. Not only will the member better understand their tasking, but the commands, training centersǡ fund managers and leaders can make well informed decisionsǤ excellence, recapitalizing and building capacity, enhancing crisis response and management, and preparing for the future. ow you have done all your homeworkǡ think we can agree that we have made signiϐicant progressǡ yet work remainsǤ Master Chief Kirk Murphy Seventh District Reserve Command Master Chief is better deϐining individual roles and responsibilities so we can manage our work force. Without a doubt the above efforts have helped us better align ourselves to the Commandant's direction of sustaining mission or example, many believe it is time to reshape our workforce. For several years the phrase "re-rack the RPAL" has been tossed about. Sounds simple enough does it not? Maybe you believe certain rates are no longer required in the Reserve. Perhaps some of our isolated billets are not supporting our members for success and need to be moved to areas where training opportunities are better. The decisions you make, while in the best interests of the service, could very well have a negative impact on your closest shipmates. In closing, this article was written as a mental drill for the entire workforce. In reality many of you reading this article are or will be involved in many of the strategic and tactical decisions regarding the Reserve force. In today's turbulent environment some changes can occur very quickly while others seem to drag for years. Whatever course you chart, view the future as if you were at the beginning of your career. It is those who take the oath today that you are making decisions for. Semper Paratus. *TTVF t ᕇ RESERVIST 7

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