Reservist

ISS2 2018

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end strength. This may include regionalization of competencies, changes in competency requirements or adjustments in the way training is delivered. Program managers at the Headquarters level, through a Reserve Resource Council, will play an integral role in the prioritization of requirements. To do so, we must baseline the Reserve Training appropriation in order to support risk based resourcing decisions across programs. A fresh look at Reserve funded Full-Time Support positions is part of this effort. The Reserve Force Readiness System (RFRS) was established in 2009 and has served us well, but it can be optimized for maximum proficiency. We will work with DCO and DCMS to take a holistic view of FTS requirements at all levels of the Coast Guard with the goal of increasing the number of positions providing direct support to the Reserve. Building leadership for the Reserve If we are truly going to be an integrated force, we must drive to higher levels of understanding of the Reserve and the challenges we face across all aspects of Coast Guard leadership. It is critically important for Coast Guard Active Component leaders to become more conversant in Reserve matters, given their organizational responsibility to define and manage training and mobilization requirements, as well as the opportunities and limitations resident within the Reserve workforce to help meet those requirements. We cannot expect growth in Active Component understanding if we do not increase our investment in Reserve Component leadership including enhanced development of our Reserve Program Administrator (RPA) Corps. A Job Task Analysis is currently underway which will help us fundamentally change how RPAs are assessed, trained and managed. Most importantly, we need to look inwardly to the development of our Reserve Component leadership (officer and enlisted). We have not invested as much as we should in this area historically. As a result, we find many leaders in the Reserve lack a basic understanding of Coast Guard resource management policy and procedures; they have an incomplete understanding of the systems in place to build, evaluate and manage requirements. We will work with DCMS and FORCECOM to help increase awareness and understanding at a variety of career points to help build a stronger, more capable Reserve leadership community. Rounding it out It would be naïve of us to believe this vision will be easy to implement. We're faced with uncertain budgets, impending changes in Coast Guard leadership and an ever-changing global threat environment that may require a substantial change in our nation's geopolitical priorities. However, I have every confidence that we will be able to make incremental improvements to restore our Reserve. (Editor's note: This article originally ran in its entirety in the March 15 edition of "Reserve Voice," the Reserve Officers Association bi-monthly newsletter.) Coast Guard Reserve members assigned to Station Indian River, Rehoboth Beach, Del., patrol the waters of Lewes, Del. in a 24-foot special purpose craft-shallow water, April 20. The members attached to Station Indian River man Station Roosevelt Inlet, a station- small, which augments the capability of Station Indian River during busy summer months. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Johnson 12 RESERVIST � Issue 2 • 2018

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