united states coast guard

20 AUG 19
ALCGPSC 093/19 SUBJ: PY20 RESERVE PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR (RPA) APPLICATION PROCESS A. PY20 Schedule of Officer Personnel Boards and Panels, CG PSCNOTE 1401 B. Officer Accessions, Evaluations, and Promotions, CIM 1000.3A 1. Applications for the Promotion Year 2020 (PY20) RPA Designation Board are due by 18 October 2019. In accordance with REF A, the Board will convene on 28 October 2019 to consider officers for designation as provisional RPAs. RPAs can expect an exciting and unique career organizing, administering, recruiting, instructing, and training the Reserve force to meet present and future Coast Guard mission requirements. 2. RPA program: a. The RPA Corps consists of Reserve officers serving in full-time support positions at sectors, districts, areas, and HQ units. RPAs may also perform tours in other appropriately related specialties to broaden their professional expertise. RPAs should expect to serve primarily in staff-tour assignments. b. RPAs are considered separately for promotion during the same promotion year (PY), and promoted the same day as their Active Duty Promotion List (ADPL)
running mates. Officers do not lose their precedence transitioning from the Active
Duty Promotion List (ADPL) or Inactive Duty Promotion List (IDPL) to the RPA
promotion list. c. RPAs are eligible to apply for full-time post-graduate school in Business, Management, Finance, Public Policy, or other curriculums relating to reserve management. 3. Those officers designated as provisional RPAs will be offered three-year EAD contracts and can expect assignment to a training/developmental billet. After two years of active duty, provisional RPAs are considered for permanent RPA status via a board convened by CG PSC-OPM. An RPA who acquires permanent status receives indefinite active-duty orders and serves on active duty until separation or retirement. 4. Service requirements: the following Coast Guard officers are eligible at the beginning of the promotion year (01 Jul) in which they are competing for designation: a. Any Reserve or Regular commissioned ensign with at least 12 months time in grade b. Any Reserve or Regular commissioned lieutenant (junior grade). c. Any Reserve or Regular commissioned lieutenant with four or fewer years in grade. d. Any Regular or Reserve F&S or PERS specialty warrant officer serving in the grade of W-4, W-3, or a W-2 that will be considered by the W-3 selection board in the same promotion year. Warrant officers must have 26 or fewer years time in service. 5. Officers who desire an eligibility requirement waiver, may apply to Commander (CG PSC-RPM) through their chain of command. Requests may not be approved unless the applicant meets critical Service needs. Waivers shall be submitted via email to: with the subject line 'RPA: WAIVER REQUEST.' 6. Application process: a. RPA Application Memo: Applicants shall apply using the RPA CG Memo template located
at the CG PSC-RPM-1 website: b. Command Endorsement: Commanding Officer endorsements are required and shall address the applicant's ability to be a future command's top leader on Reserve organization
and readiness, and possesses qualities that show they could successfully link a units Reserve
and Active Duty components. Only endorsements from the immediate command are authorized.
Additional letters of recommendation or endorsements will not be considered and, if submitted, will be returned without action. Communications to the board from a candidate will not be accepted. c. Application memos with endorsement should be sent via email to: with the subject line "RPA APPLICATION" 7. All officers under consideration are encouraged to review their Employee Summary Sheet (ESS). The ESS provides a consolidated view of a member's information as it appears in DA. All officers applying are also encouraged to review their official Electronically Imaged-Personnel Data Record (EI-PDR). To obtain a copy of your EI-PDR, please visit the CG PSC-BOPS-mr website at: /Assistant-Commandant-for-Human-Resources-CG-1/Personnel-Service-Center-PSC/BOPS/PSC-BOPS-C/PSC-BOPS-C-MR/. 8. All candidates must ensure their DA contact information including personal phone and e-mail address are accurate prior to the board convening. 9. Schedule: a. 18 October 2019: applications with command endorsement are due. b. 28 October 2019: RPA Designation Board convenes to review all applications and records. c. Those selected as provisional RPAs will initiate their EAD contracts OOA 1 July 2020. 10. All Commanding Officers and Senior Reserve Officers: Ensure widest dissemination to all officers within your AOR. 11. CG PSC-RPM-1 Boards and Panels Section Chief for application/panel inquiries: LT Tracey Norman, (202) 795-6507, e-mail: 12. Released by: CAPT G. T. Prestidge, Commander, CG Personnel Service Center. The Service Center for our most important resource – Our People. 13. Internet release is authorized.