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ISS4 2017

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Rese R vist Magazine h eadqua R te R s u pdate PSU Program Manual gets long overdue rewrite The first version of the Port Security Unit program manual was published 13 years ago, and it outlined the mission, overview and components of the PSUs. It also provided direction, policy, and guidance. The Coast Guard, organizationally, has changed many times in many areas, and PSU Program Manager Cmdr. Shawn Lansing from the Headquarters Office of Specialized Capabilities (CG- 721) was given the project of modernizing how the PSUs are manned, trained and equipped. This is similar to how other communities in the Coast Guard have begun modernizing their internal structures, but this update would include multiple Coast Guard components, including the Special Missions Training Center (SMTC), the PSUs, the Navy's Coastal Riverine Squadrons (CORIVERONs) and subject matter experts from Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM). "I came to this job from the Naval War College, and I could speak a little purple," said Lansing. Policies were referenced in the old, out-of-date manual that had been modernized, such as the weapon ordinance manual and updated training schema. Without updated guidance, the PSUs had been using measured initiative to implement their own temporary solutions. Processes were localized, without being able to take advantage of the Coast Guard's training and supply systems, as well as other standardized systems. The 10-month-long process of updating the manual was something that had been delayed due to organizational churn. When the Deployable Operations Group was disbanded, the PSU program management went to the Coast Guard's Office of Defense Operations (ODO), and finally moved to Lansing's division at CG-721 three years ago. With input from the PSUs, the SMTC, and the CORIVERONs, Lansing pulled together the updated version. There are four significant changes. The new version: a. Removes non-policy sections more appropriate in Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs) and other formats. b. Establishes a phased training and readiness plan with clear benchmarks and flexibility for meeting operational commitments. c. Establishes unit training program requirements, qualification processes, competency management, and individual certification requirements. d. Aligns PSU operational watch structure with the Navy's Coastal Riverine Squadrons (CORIVERON) for stronger interoperability. More instructions and TTP that will complement the PSU program manual are still being developed. These standalone documents will be available by the end of 2018: • Shoreside Security Operations TTP • Command and Control TTP • Expeditionary Operations TTP • PSU Personal Qualification Standards Instruction • PSU Competency Qualification Instruction EER System revamp slated for spring roll out In March, a new Enlisted Evaluation System (EES) will be implemented. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell chartered a working group to improve the current EER System, leading to several major changes including: • Number of forms: With the exception of E1-E3, each pay grade will have a grade-specific form, with performance standards specific to that grade. • Fewer competencies: The proposal will reduce the overall number of competencies by about half, depending on the pay grade. • Required Comments: A comment block for each performance factor has been added. Each mark requiring a comment (1, 2, 3 or 7) will be captured in this comment block, with space for up to two lines of text per competency. • Potential Block: This block, required for pay grades E4 and above, will require specific, succinct comments addressing the member's potential for future leadership responsibilities and potential to serve in special, independent or command cadre assignments. • Recommendation: The changes will also incorporate a new "three-button" system (ready, not ready, not recommended), which will separate individuals who are satisfactorily performing at their current pay grade from those who are not. Only personnel who are marked "ready" will receive a service-wide exam (SWE). For more information regarding the new Enlisted Evaluation System visit: http://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/ Assistant-Commandant-for-Human-Resources-CG-1/Personnel- Service-Center-PSC/ 50 RESERVIST � Issue 4 • 2017

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