Senior Enlisted Leadership Roles

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1. Rating specific billets at USCG Reserve Units restrict Senior Leaders options for PCS (Permanent Change of Station) moves. PCS moves were implemented to better meet “(a.) Needs of the Service; (b.) Competencies of the position and the unit’s ability to train to rating.” (Ref. d.) Consequentially, Senior Leaders have limited choices for their next unit; which are often outside of RCD (Reasonable Commuting Distance). Command must eliminate rating designations from reserve E-8 and E-9 billets.

2. Over the last several years, we have seen a move in the Coast Guard’s Senior Enlisted Leadership Roles from that of a technical expert to a leader who monitors, manages, and evaluates the readiness of their members to include training to meet
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In the very first paragraph of the Commandant’s Human Capital Strategy, it states: “We must prepare effective leaders who are locally based, nationally deployed, and globally connected.” While this applies to the entire Coast Guard; advocates propose that locally based would apply to the reserve Senior Leaders, understanding that not every Senior Leader lives within RCD but that they live much closer than their current billet assignment. Our Core Value-Devotion to Duty, is also impacted when leaders are effected by fatigue and stress related to excessive travel to their drill site. Inevitably this would increase effectiveness of the Senior Enlisted Leaders, mobilization readiness on a much larger scale, and reduce the burden currently placed on leaders who travel far outside of their RCD. As we have seen with the implementation of the SERA program, mobilization readiness has improved but at what …show more content…
Due to the limited number of SELRES O-4 to O-6, CWO, and E-7 to E-9 positions, a reservist may have to consent to an assignment beyond RCD of their residence if they want to continue to serve in a SELRES status at these senior grades.” (Ref. d.) According to (Ref. c.), “Every effort will be made to comply with the Reserve Policy Manual, COMDTINST M1001.28 (series) regarding RCD. A member’s decision to accept orders beyond RCD is voluntary. With this understanding, you will need to provide your AO a written statement (email is acceptable) certifying your willingness to accept orders outside RCD.” As a Senior Enlisted Leader, one is expected to accept PCS orders or according to The Reserve Senior Enlisted Assignment Guide AY16, they can decide to Retire In Lieu of Orders (RILO) or Separate In Lieu of Orders (SILO). In addition, per the new policy outlined in ALCGRSV 017/15, the member may decline orders resulting in placement in the Standby Reserve or IRR. Hardships created by this hard line will undoubtedly result in the Coast Guard Reserve losing some exceptional senior leaders who the Coast Guard has invested tens of thousands of dollars in training and compensating during their career. Statistics on how many Senior Leaders have been lost to these policies would be interesting to see. These policies promote a take these orders or else approach. This

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