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Navigating Coast Guard PCS

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     The orders process is a complex process that begins almost a year before the physical transfer between units happens. This page provides an abbreviated and general overview of the timeline of the orders process. Members should consult the Office of Enlisted Personnel Management (EPM) and Office of Officer Personnel Management (OPM) for more details regarding the orders process.      Additionally, members should consult with their chain of command for guidance. The process below is not for those coming out of boot camp, OCS, CG Academy, or “A” school.

     Each assignment year (AY) starts the year before the actual transfer season happens, i.e., AY21 started in May of 2020. The AY starts off with kick-off messages from EPM and OPM outlining the timeline of the AY21 and provides members with an understanding of the process and milestones. Members should be on the lookout for these messages.

PCS Orders Process

Information about the PCS Orders process from the start of the assignment year till receiving orders. 

Enlisted Members

     Enlisted members generally receive orders based on assignment priority. However, there are numerous specialty assignments that are not issued through the assignment priority process. Members should keep an eye out for information regarding these assignments on the enlisted message page and EPM-2 Assignment Officer portal pages (CAC required).

The general timeline for enlisted members is:

May to August: Assignment Officers are available for career counseling.

September: The unofficial billet list is published to be validated by commands.

Late September: The official billet list is published.

Early November: PCS e-resumes are due for most rates. *Members should check with their assignment officer for more information.

Late November: Assignment Officers begin issuing orders based on assignment priority.

All orders should be issued by April 1st.  

Officer Members

     Officers generally receive orders in a hierarchical fashion. The list of available billets that officers can apply for become available at two different times. Specialty billets requiring extra screening are released in early summer, requiring interested members to apply by mid-summer. The general list of billets becomes available in late summer, requiring members to submit their e-resume list by September 1st.

     There are numerous factors, too many to discuss here, that can affect when a member receives orders. In general, orders start being issued in December with Captains. Commanders receive orders in January, Lieutenant Commanders in February, and Lieutenants and Lieutenant Junior Grades receiving orders in March. All orders should be issued by April 1st. Please reference the OPM-2 assignment page and specific specialty detailer pages for the most up-to-date information.

Once orders are received, the PCS adventure begins. Check out the process to receive executable orders and the rest of the moving process.

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ALCGENL 088/23 - AY24 RECRUITING SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS SOLICITATION

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R 211426Z APR 23 MID200080920404U FM COMCOGARD PSC WASHINGTON DC TO ALCGENL

ALCGENL 088/23 SUBJ: AY24 RECRUITING SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS SOLICITATION A. Military Assignments and Authorized Absences, COMDTINST M1000.8A series B. https://uscg.sharepoint-mil.us/sites/USCGPortalOnline C. ALCGENL 080/23, AY24 Special Assignment Kick-Off 1. All members are highly encouraged to pursue at least one Special Assignment (SA) during their career. These career broadening assignments provide members valuable opportunities to represent their ratings, network, and learn about other operational and mission support activities. Furthermore, serving in a SA increases your selection potential for future highly visible leadership and management positions (e.g. Silver Badge, OIC, and School Chief). 2. The selection, motivation, and training of Recruiters is a top priority to meet the Coast Guard's human capital needs. In an effort to best shape our future military workforce, we are seeking candidates who demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, infallible character, professionalism and a spirited focus on building a stronger Coast Guard. As the Coast Guard grows in resources and capability, it is imperative that Coast Guard Recruiting meets the demand. In this competitive position you will be responsible for recruiting applicants in the following programs: Enlisted Active Duty and Reserves and all non-Academy accessions. Visit www.GoCoastGuard.com to see Coast Guard Recruiting in action. a. Production Recruiters (PR) make daily decisions on how to attract applicants most suitable to become a shipmate in our Service. Recruiters visit schools, colleges, clubs, community centers, etc. to advertise Coast Guard opportunities, identify prospects, and develop relationships. Recruiters often engage influencers such as family members and community leaders to garner support for an applicant's decision. Recruiters must be creative to find new ways to gain accessions. Additionally, recruiters conduct the screening, processing, and accession paperwork necessary for enlistments and commissionings. Recruiters frequently work irregular hours to conform to civilian schedules and perform travel to accomplish their mission. b. Recruiters in Charge (RIC) lead one of 65 Recruiting Offices (RO) across the nation and require robust leadership skills. In addition to all Production Recruiter duties, RICs are responsible for mission planning, training, and administrative oversight of their RO. They supervise up to 10 Production Recruiters as well as scholarship program Officer trainees recruited by their RO. 3. Members are reminded RIC & PR positions come with Special Duty Pay and increased Assignment Priority (AP4) upon successful completion of recruiting tour. 4. Mandatory Informational Coast Guard Recruiting Webinar: a. Date: 1 May 2023, 1000 and 1300 EST and 2 May 2023, 1300 EST b. Register: Email MKCM Michael Dioquino (subject: Recruiting Webinar) [email protected] NLT COB 30 Apr 2023. 5. Eligibility: a. Special Assignment criteria per Ref (A) Art. 1.E.2 and 1.E.7. b. Tour complete in AY24, AY25, or AY26. c. Production Recruiter positions: E5-E6, E4 above the cut for E5 d. Recruiter in Charge positions: E7 (not above the cut for E8), E6 above the cut for E7 e. Members with folliculitis are eligible to apply. 6. Process/timeline: a. NLT 02 JUN 2023: Standard applications are emailed to CGRC at [email protected] b. OOA 13 JUN - 08 JUL 2023: CGRC interviews all RIC applicants. c. 17-21 JUL 2023: CGRC reviews packages for best qualified applicants. d. OOA 15 AUG 2023: Results released via email. e. The expected report date is 01 JUL 2024. 7. Standard Applications: Members and Commands should pay close attention to the requirements listed in the standard application found at Ref (B). Incomplete or improperly formatted applications will be returned. Deadline extensions will not be granted to correct errors. 8. The Special Assignments Officer will coordinate the release from rating process. Applicants should not contact their detailer asking if they can be released from rate. 9. Points of contact: a. CG Recruiting Command: LT Noel Garcia or [email protected] b. EPM-2 Special Assignments: CWO Derek Hardy, (202) 795-6587 or [email protected]. 10. Released by: LT S. E. Grell, (202) 795-6584. 11. Internet release authorized.

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  8. PCS Process

    Enlisted members generally receive orders based on assignment priority. However, there are numerous specialty assignments that are not issued through the assignment priority process. Members should keep an eye out for information regarding these assignments on the enlisted message page and EPM-2 Assignment Officer portal pages (CAC required).

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