united states coast guard

05 MAY 20

ALCGENL 072/20
A. Military Assignments and Authorized Absences Manual COMDTINST M1000.8A
1. This SITREP kicks off AY21 for the Machinery Technician Rating. All members
who are tour complete in AY21 should take time to consider their career
aspirations including career progression, professional development, and seek
guidance from mentors. Commands should begin evaluating readiness impacts and
preparing command concerns expected for the coming transfer season. Commands
should counsel tour complete members to ensure they are ready and available
for worldwide assignment in the summer of 2021. In addition, Commands should
identify all members nearing the end of their enlistment to review
reenlistment eligibility and career intentions for continued service.
Members enrolled in the Special Needs program must ensure their enrollment
information is updated within 9 months of transfer and every 3 years. 
2. Slating: MK Assignment Officers (AO) will utilize a traditional slating
process to fill assignments in AY21. After the completion of EPO assignments,
AO’s will follow with afloat and ashore assignments from the e-Resumes
submitted on 03 Nov 2020.  Members who apply but do not earn an assignment
will then have a chance to resubmit an updated e-Resume for remaining positions
available. This approach will allow all members to submit a realistic e-Resume
and manage expectations for all MK transfers in AY21. Members should look for
further MK SITREPs with guidance and published timelines for submission of
e-Resumes and are encouraged to use reference B frequently for assignment
updates and specific AY21 timeline guidance.
3. Advancement: MKs are reminded that the Coast Guard advances members to fill
vacancies. Accordingly, members and commands are reminded that as outlined in
reference A, personnel who compete for advancement must be prepared to be
reassigned to fill any authorized position at the next higher paygrade.
Members who will advance off any of the currently active service wide exam
(SWE) advancement list, and are at or above the published cut, should apply
for positions at the pay grade to which they will advance. If a member is
close to the cut and tour complete, the member should delay their e-Resume
submission until the submission deadline. Members who come above the cut in
AY21, are in a paygrade position mismatch, or double encumbered, should
consider themselves tour complete in AY21 and submit an e-Resume accordingly.
4. Fleet-Ups and Extensions: MK AOs will continue to maximize fleet-up and
extension opportunities in AY21. Command endorsements are required for all
extension requests. Fleet-ups for members in non-command cadre positions will be
maximized by the AOs. Commands should communicate both fleet-up opportunities
and extensions with recommendations through their unit’s AY21 Command Concerns.
5. Career management:
a. It is difficult to define a realistic e-Resume across all paygrades so it is
highly recommended that members take advantage of the AO career counseling open
season (01 May - 01 August).
b. Members should always craft their e-Resume to reflect a diverse career path.
No member should try, or expect to remain in one mission-set or geographic area
for an entire career. Members should list as many positions as possible on their
e-Resume that they would be willing to go to. Members also need to take in
consideration their assignment priority, rated sea time, and rank when selecting
the number of positions on their e-Resume in order to avoid not earning an
assignment. Tour complete members who submit an unrealistic e-Resume, and do not
earn an assignment, will either be given a list of remaining positions to rank
order or be assigned to a service need position.
c. Members that complete back to back assignments afloat or ashore should expect
an assignment to a different unit type. Failure to apply for positions in a
different unit type can cause a delay in assignment decisions. Career and
mission diversity will help develop a well-rounded senior MK workforce.
d. Members lacking sea time for advancement requirements and those with no sea
time will be considered and notified by the AO’s as a sea duty candidate. These
members need to take full advantage of applying for afloat assignments or
risk being assigned to a service need afloat assignment.
6. General assignment guidance:
a. As outlined in reference A, some positions require a command endorsement. It
is imperative that each member works with their command to ensure that they meet
the specific requirements of the position requested and that a command
endorsement is included with the e-Resume submission. Failure to include a
command endorsement will prohibit a member from earning a position.
b. PATFORSWA assignments will be advertised in a future solicitation message
which will be released SEPCOR. Specific requirements and the application process
will be covered in the solicitation message. Members that are already interested
can find additional information located on the following website:
c. Potential position reprogramming: EPM receives numerous requests to fill
billets being proposed for reprogramming. AOs can only assign members to
approved positions. Commands and program managers should anticipate billet
reprogramming requests and ensure requests or approvals align with the assignment
season to capitalize on a robust candidate pool, and adequately address the
intended position reprogramming action (e.g. rate change, location change).
Direct Access is the primary tool EPM and AOs have to advertise open or newly
established positions. Vacant positions may also be found at reference B.
d. Engineering Petty Officer (EPO) screening and assignment process for AY21
will be covered in a future message that will be released SEPCOR. Additional
information can be found at reference B, EPO library.
7. MK AY21 Timeline:
   01 May – 01 Aug 2020: Members contact AOs for career counseling
   01 May – 01 Aug 2020: Commands/AOs conduct PAL validation
   15 May 2020: EPO Panel Submission open 
   17 Jul 2020: Panel Submissions due for EPO screening
   01 Aug 2020: Command concerns due
   30 Aug 2020: EPO screening results released
   09 Sep – 25 Sep 2020: Unofficial shopping lists published, Commands
                validate shopping list
   27 Sep 2020: Official shopping list published
   01 Oct 2020: E-Resume due for EPO positions
   06 Oct 2020: Predicted PATFORSWA e-Resume deadline (PATFORSWA MK
                solicitation will update this deadline)
   26 Oct 2020: EPO orders issued
   03 Nov 2020: E-Resume due for Afloat and Ashore positions (all assignment priorities)
   31 Mar 2021: All AY21 orders issued
8. Timeline changes and additional information will be communicated in future
SITREPs and will also be posted at reference B.
9. POCs:
   a. CWO Grant A. Boyette: D5, PATFORSWA and MKA School (202) 795-6602.
   b. CWO Larry Clements: D8 and D9 (202) 795-6597. (MKCS Michael Gill after Aug 15)
   c. CWO Matthew Thornton: D1, D7 (202) 795-6598. (CWO Larry Clements after June 15)
   d. CWO Kurtis Yoder: D11, D13, D14 and D17 (202) 795-6589.
10. Released by: CAPT S. Matadobra.
11. Internet release authorized.