united states coast guard

14 JUN 2018

UNCLAS //N01430//
ALCGRSV 024/18
A. PPCINST M1418.1E, Servicewide Exam (SWE) Guide
B. Enlisted Accessions, Evaluations, and Advancement Manual, COMDTINST M1000.2B
C. Reserve Policy Manual, COMDTINST M1001.28C
D. Performance, Training and Education manual, COMDTINST M1500.10C
E. ACN 004/17, Update to ERATS Summer FY16 Update
F. ACN 031/18, Enlisted Rating Advancement Training System (ERATS) Winter 2018 Update
G. ALCOAST 012/16, Selected Reserve Supplemental Advancement
H. ALCOAST 030/16, Selected Reserve Supplemental Advancement-Update 1
1.  Summary. This message announces the OCT 2018 RSWE competition for pay grades E-5 through E-9.
A member’s failure to receive, review and follow the guidelines of this message will not justify a waiver of
these requirements. Commanding Officers shall ensure dissemination of this message to all Reserve enlisted
members in their AOR. Units, SWE Officers, Education Services Officers and affected members shall
familiarize themselves with the contents of this message and REFs A through H. A rating specific list of
required courses and competencies is available at: 
2.  Schedule. The RSWE will be administered on Saturday morning, 27 October 2018. Please note that this
is the last Saturday of October rather than the third Saturday.  Active duty members (if otherwise eligible)
who RELAD and affiliate with the Ready or Standby Reserve (active status) NLT 1 September 2018 may
participate in this RSWE cycle upon request.
3.  Waivers. The following waivers are authorized for the 2018 RSWE:
   a. RSWE Waivers. The OCT 2018 RSWE is waived for advancement to: BM1, BM2, CS1, CS2, IS1,
IS2, ME2, OS1, OS2, PA2, and SK2.  Note: Supplemental advancement lists discussed in REFs G & H will
remain open for these ratings through December 2019.
   b. Requests for waivers of advancement requirements or completion deadlines must be sent prior to the 1
September 2018 Personnel Data Extract (PDE) correction deadline. Failure by a candidate, supervisor or
supporting command to fulfill their responsibilities is not justification for a waiver of the PDE correction
deadline. Using the template in REF A, send requests for waivers by e-mail to PPC-DG- and include members CO/XO in Cc line.
4. Candidate Responsibilities.
   a. The online PDE must show a status of “ELIGIBLE” in order to receive an exam.  Candidates who
participated in the previous year SWE shall not assume eligibility on the upcoming SWE.  The PDE for the
upcoming SWE must be verified.  The candidate is solely responsible for accuracy of all PDE data.  Report
any incorrect PDE data to the unit admin or Servicing Personnel Office (SPO).  After reporting incorrect
data, the candidate MUST follow up to ensure PDE corrections were made by again verifying the updated
online PDE prior to the 1 September 2018 PDE correction deadline.  If the online PDE has not been
corrected, the candidate shall submit a help ticket prior to 1 September 2018 to PPC-DG-  Failure to report and verify online PDE corrections may result in a “NOT
ELIGIBLE” PDE status for RSWE or loss of points in the final multiple.  PDE’s will be posted online in
Direct Access (DA) under the self-service section in July 2018.
   b. Rating Performance Qualifications (RPQs) MUST be certified in the Training Management Tool
(TMT) for all candidates.  After competency codes are entered and certified in TMT, they will auto-upload
into the member’s competency record in DA within 48 hours.  The Rating Competency Code must appear
in the member’s DA competency record to receive an “ELIGIBLE” PDE.  The certification date for RPQs
in TMT must be dated on or prior to the 1 July 2018 SWE Eligibility Date (SED) to be considered for the
October 2018 RSWE. Commands may enter backdated competency codes in TMT during the PDE
correction period up until the 1 September 2018 PDE correction deadline date. If your rate has new or
revised RPQs you may not be able to report completion in TMT. In these circumstances, commands are
authorized to enter rating competency completions directly into DA. The Commanding Officer or RPQ
Reviewer shall verify a candidate has completed the RPQs and authorize entry into DA by the unit’s
Personnel and Administration (P&A) entity. The following ratings are known to be impacted by TMT
issues: MST, and OS. It’s highly recommended that the RPQ competency code be certified prior to
the 1 July 2018 SED so that the initial PDE shows a status of “ELIGIBLE” rather than entering backdated
competency codes and requesting PDE updates.  The POC for TMT technical assistance is FORCECOM
   c. As outlined in REF F, there is currently no competency code available in TMT to certify completion of
the EPME Enlisted Performance Qualifications (EPQs).  Commanding Officers remain the certifying
authority for completion of EPQs.  Unless deferred as outlined in the individual EPQ, all EPQs must be
completed prior to the 1 July 2018 SED.
5. Command Responsibilities.
   a. Commanding officer responsibilities are detailed in Chapter 3.A.4.b of REF B and fully amplified
throughout Chapter 3 of REF B.
      (1) The most common reason for member ineligibility is a missing Enlisted Employee Review (EER). 
Per Chapter 3.A.7 of REF B, each candidate must have a current EER with CO’s recommendation.
          (a) The EER must be dated after 1 July 2017 and NLT 1 July 2018.  If an EER was not completed
due to reasons listed in Chapter 4.C.1.b(4) of REF B, commands shall complete a “SWE-EER” with an
effective date after 1 July 201 and NLT 1 July 2018.  SWE-EERs must be submitted NLT the 1 September
2018 PDE correction deadline date.  It is recommended that commands backdate the SWE-EER to allow
over 92 days for E6 and below or 184 days for E7 and above, before the next annual EER in order to keep
the member on a normal EER schedule. SWE-EERs cannot be submitted to change a CO recommendation.
          (b) If the CO wishes to change an advancement recommendation, the Approving Official who
assigned that mark must submit a CO’s recommendation change (CORC EER) and it shall be submitted
IAW Chapter 4.D.3.i of REF B.  Changes of CO’s recommendation must be dated after 1 July 2017 and
NLT 1 July 2018 and must be received NLT the 1 September 2018 PDE correction deadline.
          (c) Per paragraph 5.b above, verify the most current RPQs and EPQs have been signed off NLT 1
July 2018.  Following completion of RPQs, the Rating Competency Code MUST be entered and certified
in TMT or DA with a certification date of 1 July 2018 or earlier to qualify the member for the RSWE.  Per
paragraph 4.c above, there is currently no competency code available to certify completion of EPME
Enlisted Performance Qualifications (EPQs).  Commanding Officers are responsible for ensuring EPQs
have been completed on or before the 1 July 2018 SED.
          (d) Last day to change CO recommendation on EER from “Not Recommended, or “Not Ready” to
Recommended”: 1 September 2018. Note, “CORC EER” must be dated NLT 1 July 2018.
          (e) Last day units away from homeport on continuous deployment from early September to the
RSWE date may request early mailing of RSWEs: 31 August 2018.
          (f) Last day to request exam board OPFAC change: 1 September 2018.
          (g) Last day to request waivers of advancement requirements or completion deadlines: 1 September
          (h) Last day to request substitute SWEs: 5 November 2018.
6. SPO Responsibilities.
   a. Last day to complete PDE corrections in DA: 1 September 2018.
7. PPC Responsibilities.
   a. CG PPC(ADV)
     (1) Post PDEs in DA: July 2018
     (2) Early mailing of SWEs to deployed units: August 2018.
     (3) Mail RSWEs to exam boards: September 2018.
     (4) Compute final multiple: December 2018.
     (5) Post profile letters in DA: December 2018.
8. CG PSC Responsibilities.
   a. CG PSC-RPM publish RSWE advancement eligibility list: December 2018.
9. Miscellaneous.
   a. All candidates may use non-programmable calculators.  Consult page 10 of the “SWE Officer
Handbook”, which you can find at
https://cg/, for
information regarding items that may be used by BM/OS candidates.
   b. EERs in current pay grade will be used to compute the marks multiple within the date ranges listed in
3.A.7.b of REF B.
   c. The Point Start Date (PSD) shown on the PDE will be computed IAW Chapter 3.A.17.c of Ref B and
used to determine award points. Candidates who advanced on/after 1 January 2010 will have a PSD equal
to the day following the SED for that advancement.  Candidates who have not advanced since 1 January
2010 will show a PSD equal to their Pay Base Date (PEBD).  Candidates with broken service and with an
adjusted PEBD may contact PPC by e-mail at to request a PSD
adjustment to capture prior service awards.
10. PPC(ADV) is the single POC for all RSWE inquiries.  They can be reached by e-mail at PPC-DG-  Waiver requests must be sent by email prior to scheduled deadlines to: PPC- (include CO or XO on cc line).  For additional RSWE information go to the
PPC (ADV) home page at
8.  POC for this message is CWO4 B. A. Cooper, email: or PH: 202-795-6512.
9.  CAPT M. W. Wampler, Chief, CG PSC-RPM, sends.
10. Internet release authorized.