Category: Readiness

Lapse in federal funding impact on Coast Guard website operations notice

Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed. This website was last updated on Sept. 30, 2013, and will not be updated until after funding is enacted. As such, information on this website may not be up to date. Transactions submitted via this website might not be processed and we may not be able to respond to inquiries until after appropriations are enacted.

STAN 2.0: Scoring system explained

Where the old system focused on getting the most points, STAN 2.0 emphasizes getting the least. A perfect score would be zero, representing no percieved operational risk, however there are no minimum scores required. The score is solely for consideration by operational commanders when determining the level of risk to operational readiness at each unit under their command.

STAN 2.0: Risk-based methodology

During the beta-test phase of STAN 2.0, one of the test station’s commanding officers, Lt. Scott Farr, stated, “[STAN 2.0] is easy to understand. Everyone understands GAR colors … [it] should allow operational commanders to have a better idea of where the holes in their programs are and help focus more on areas of concern.”

STAN 2.0: New Boat Forces standardization policy

This post is the first in a four-part series that will explain the new Boat Forces standardization, called STAN, assessment standards. On Sept. 19, the Office of Boat Forces announced the implementation of the new STAN framework and provided policy updates to the Boat Forces manual.

Responding to the Navy Yard shooting

I fully recognize that this recent incident might increase stress levels within our workforce and I ask each of you to continue to look after each other in caring and compassionate ways. If you sense a concern with yourself or others, I encourage you to seek appropriate help through our work-life programs (1-800-855-CGSUPRT and http://www.cgsuprt.com) or the Chaplain network.

National Suicide Prevention Month: Building resilience

Every year we lose members of the Coast Guard family to suicide. Although it is difficult to know why people end their own lives, some of the reasons include not knowing where to go for help, the stigma of reaching out and neglecting personal and family social, psychological and spiritual fitness. Suicide is preventable.