united states coast guard

ALCOAST COMMANDANT NOTICE                          CANCEL DATE 14 DEC 2021

R 150901 DEC 20
UNCLAS //N01100//
ACN 148/20
A. Coast Guard Recruiting Manual, COMDTINST M1100.2 (series)
B. Enlistments, Evaluations, and Advancements, COMDTINST M1000.2 (series)
C. Post 9/11 and Montgomery GI Bill Educational Assistance Programs,
COMDTINST M1780.3 (series)
1. OVERVIEW. This ACN announces a pilot program, effective 01 JAN 2021
and terminating on 30 SEP 2021, to test the utility of two-year enlistments for
non-prior service recruits. This expands the commitment options for non-prior
service applicants to enlist into the regular Coast Guard. 
2. ELIGIBILITY. This program will be strategically managed by Coast Guard
Recruiting Command (CGRC) for maximized effectiveness. In addition to all normal
accession requirements, two-year enlistments require a minimum Armed Forces
Qualification Test score of 36 in addition to having ASVAB eligibility for
at least one Class A school. Additional requirements may be set by CGRC. 
3. POLICY/PROCEDURE. The following information provides a temporary addition to
the terms of enlistment covered under paragraph 5.C.1. of REF (A).
    a. Two-Year Enlistment: This program requires new recruits to complete:
        (1) Two years of active duty
        (2) Four years in a Selected Reserve (SELRES) status, and
        (3) Two years in a Ready Reserve status (i.e., either SELRES or Individual
Ready Reserve (IRR)). 
    b. Members who enlist under this program must apply for a Class A school
within their first 12 months of service to ensure they are making progress towards
advancement, in the event they choose to extend their enlistment. If member
requests, qualifies, and agrees to attend Class A school during their first two
years of active duty, their enlistment will be extended to meet the required Class
A school obligated service.
    c. Members who enlist under this program must apply to, and remain on, an
active duty Class A school waiting list to be eligible for extension or reenlistment
beyond their initial two-year active duty contract. If otherwise eligible, according
to 1.E.1., 1.E.2., and 1.E.3. of REF (B), nothing precludes members from reenlisting
or extending, to serve longer on active duty or in the SELRES than the minimum
listed above. 
    d. Members who enlist under the two-year program may be eligible for enlistment
bonuses; details on bonus applicability will be provided SEPCOR.
    e. If member decides to be released from active duty after completing the 2-year
active duty commitment, they will be required to apply, six months before their
expiration of enlistment, for a Reserve billet at a Class A school. If they fail
to do so, they will be slated for one based on the needs of the Coast Guard Reserve. 
Once separated from active duty, they will attend Class A school as a member of the
SELRES and their assignment will be based on the needs of the service. Once they
attend Class A school as a reservist they will be ineligible for long term, ADOS-AC,
EAD, or integration for the two years following graduation, unless waived by
CG PSC RPM. This prohibition does not apply to ADOS-RC.
    f. Eligibility for Post 9/11 GI Bill. In accordance with 4.A.3. of REF (C), a
Service member is entitled to 80% of the maximum benefit if the member serves an
aggregate of at least 24 months, but less than 30 months, on active duty commencing
on or after September 11, 2001 and is honorably discharged or released from active
duty. Member will be eligible for 100% entitlement and the “Yellow Ribbon” Program
after serving at least three years (36 months) of active duty service and is
honorably discharged or released from active duty.  
4. All members are encouraged to become familiar with REF (D) which revised the
“Everyone is a Recruiter” Incentive Program.
    a. Recruiting questions should be directed to your nearest Coast Guard Recruiting
Office found at:
    b. Questions regarding the two-year enlistment pilot program or other human resource
management matters may be directed to Office of Military Personnel Policy (CG-133) at:
6. These changes will be made to the next revision of REF (A), which will be released
within the next year. Policies and standards in REF (A) not specifically addressed by
this ACN remain unchanged.
7. Released by RADM J. M. Nunan, Assistant Commandant for Human Resources.
8. Internet release is authorized.