The Coast Guard released new criteria for re-enlistments and extensions for enlisted members. In this two-part series, we will provide information on the new policies and address some frequently asked questions from the workforce.
To ensure the Coast Guard retains a disciplined, high-performing workforce, re-enlistments or extensions will only be offered to people who maintain high professional standards and adhere to the Coast Guards core values.
These updated re-enlistment eligibility criteria are effective March 17. To accommodate the requirement to conduct a pre-discharge interview approximately six months prior to expiration of enlistment, members whose end of enlistment is within six months of the March 17 effective date of Sept. 17 will not be screened against these updated re-enlistment criteria.
To be eligible, a person must meet two basic criteria: receive a positive recommendation from their commanding officer and meet the eligibility criteria listed in the Enlisted Accessions, Evaluations, and Advancements Manual and the newly released standards in ALCOAST 093/14.
Previously, the only specific qualifications for a person to re-enlist were: they must be physically qualified; they must have a minimum enlisted employee review factor of three; they must not have an approved retirement letter on file; and they must be a U.S. citizen. Poor performance or misconduct were not identified as critical factors for commanding officers to consider when making re-enlistment decisions.
The criteria failed to adequately identify performance levels or conduct that should either prevent a re-enlistment or limit a member’s ability to re-enlist due to a pattern of administrative, disciplinary, or performance issues.
The new criteria focuses on performance and conduct that could have triggered administrative discharge processing, whether or not action was taken. It recognize that there are differences between processing a person for administrative separation and considering them for a new enlistment. The objectives identified in the new policy are required to be documented within the member’s electronically-imaged personal data record.
The commanding officer’s recommendation will remain an integral part of the process and allow for commands to clearly articulate a person’s suitability for continued service, particularly if the member does meet the minimum requirements.
By providing clear eligibility criteria, the Coast Guard will be able to better ensure that only those members who embody our core values and meet the performance standard are provided the opportunity to continue to serve.