This is the sixth post in a seven-part series on the implementation of the Boat Forces Reserve management plan. This post provides information on updates to the Boat Forces Reserve Readiness Cycle. The final post in this series will provide specific information to assist senior enlisted reserve advisors and reserve training petty officers through the transition process. Project team members will be available to respond to comments left below or you can email them your questions at BoatForcesReserve@uscg.mil.
Written by Lt. David Ruhlig, Office of Boat Forces.
The Office of Boat Forces, in close coordination with the Office of Reserve Affairs, is implementing a new Boat Forces Reserve management project to support mobilization readiness for Boat Forces reservists. The plan lays out clearly defined readiness requirements, standardizes reserve PALs at stations and introduces new Boat Forces Reserve competencies to ensure reservists are ready and capable to effectively conduct boat operations in support of Coast Guard missions.
Part of that process is rethinking mobilization management to provide planners and members of the reserve force with a specific and consistent mobilization process creating on-call readiness periods and deliberate duty sections ready to respond when and where they are needed.
Why the change?
Every reservist is expected to be ready to mobilize at any time – it’s a condition of employment. Yet, under the current mobilization model, four reservists who may never have met – let alone trained together – could be assigned to a boat crew during a response. Only after the members are assigned to the operation are training, admin and equipment issues addressed. The result is a delay in operational response time. To ensure our people are prepared to respond when and where we need them, we need a predictable process that front loads mobilization and allows for deliberate planning.
What’s the plan?
Beginning in 2015, Boat Forces reservists will be assigned to a two-month “on-call” duty section. Ideally, the reserve boat crews we call upon for operations will train and mobilize together. Furthermore, as a result of the deliberate planning process, reservists will know, well in advance, when they can expect to be on-call and can better plan for their families and their jobs as well as have a clear schedule for training. Being trained and equipped in advance of mobilization minimizes delays in contingency responses.
The Boat Forces Reserve Readiness Cycle will be developed with input from force managers and contingency planners and ready for implementation on Jan. 1, 2015.
We believe the Boat Forces Reserve management project will fundamentally transform the operational readiness of our reserve force by increasing your opportunities to contribute when we need you. A ready reserve force means a better prepared Coast Guard. We know you want to be ready and we’re here to support you. Please stay engaged with your unit as we roll out this new process and feel free to leave your comments or questions below.