This blog post is the 24th in a series of posts highlighting the various specialties and subspecialties offered by the recently launched Officer Specialty Management System. Stay tuned as we share key information about each specialty/subspecialty in the coming weeks!
By Lt. Cmdr. Mike Kahle
Are you looking for a challenge? Interested in directly shaping the service through enterprise-wide strategic, programmatic, and operational planning, risk assessment, policy evaluation, program/mission analysis, and more? If so, then pursuit of the MGT15 Enterprise Policy, Planning, Budgeting, and Management officer subspecialty code may be for you!
Attainment of the MGT15 code prepares officers to lead at the highest levels of the organization. In the course of your work, you will have opportunities to work with senior leadership tackling the toughest problems facing the service and will likely be expected to serve as Coast Guard lead or subject matter expert to the Department of Homeland Security or the interagency on any number of formal or informal inquiries, briefing or project teams.
Officers are eligible for MGT15 once they have obtained a minimum of one-year experience in an enterprise policy, planning, budget and execution (PPBE) billet and have completed at least two operational tours. Qualifying PPBE related assignments include: headquarters assignments within the Offices of Budget and Programs (CG-82), the Office of Congressional Affairs (CG-0921), the Office of Emerging Policy (DCO-X), and the Director of Operations Resource Management (DCO-8); Deputy Commandant for Mission Support (DCMS) and area resource management positions; and offices primarily engaged in an inter-agency capacity, such as detailees and headquarters staffers responsible for working with Congress, Office of Management and Budget, DHS, Government Accountability Office, etc…
Though an advanced degree is not required to obtain the subspecialty code, more so than ever, officers assigned to primary MGT15 coded billets have completed a master in public administration/public policy advanced education programs (MPA/MPP). This program is specifically relevant for conducting enterprise policy, planning, budgeting, and management related work since the typical curriculum focuses on developing proficiency in federal budgeting, planning (strategic, operational, tactical), risk assessment, policy analysis, mission analysis, performance and efficiency measurement and analysis, program evaluation, future resource planning, executive decision support, statistical analysis, and cost/benefit analysis.
Equally important, the MPA/MPP program strives to build strong facilitation, coordination, and communication skills, along with the ability to think strategically in terms of cross-cutting organizational impacts. Given the direct applicability of the MPA program curriculum to these foundational Coast Guard planning, programming, budgeting, and execution responsibilities, and the fact that the MPA program regularly sends students through Harvard, Syracuse, Princeton, and George Washington University, it should not be surprising that the program enjoys one of the highest application rates, and over 90 percent of officers remain past 20 years, many ascending to flag positions.
If you are interested in being a leader in Enterprise Policy, Planning, Budgeting, and Management, or you have already completed the requirements for the MGT15 Officer subspecialty and have questions on completing the Officer Specialty Code Application, CG-5319A, contact the Office of Performance Management and Assessment (CG-DCO-81) at 202-372-1277.
Additional information on the Officer Specialty Management System and CG-MGT15 is also available on the OSMS website.