united states coast guard

R 121543Z MAY 21

ALCGENL 066/21
A. Military Assignments and Authorized Absences, COMDTINST 1000.8A
B. Coast Guard Weight and Body Fat Standards Program Manual, COMDTINST
1. EPM-2 is commencing the Engineer Petty Officer (EPO) screening process
for Assignment Year 2022 (AY22). The goal of the EPO screening process is
to develop a robust pool of candidates that have the qualifications and
command endorsement requisite for afloat and/or ashore EPO assignment, as
per section 1.C.7 of reference A prior to the assignment season.
2. Potential Applicants:
   a. All AY22 tour complete MKs who are interested in assignment to MK2
through MKCM EPO positions in AY22. Even if you have successfully
screened in the past or are a sitting EPO, you must rescreen for AY22.
   b. Personnel who are advanced off of any currently active service
wide advancement list (SWE) may also apply. Please keep in mind, in
accordance with section 1.C.3 of reference A, personnel should not
compete for advancement unless they are prepared to be transferred.
Members who become above a SWE cut in AY22 or are in a paygrade to billet
mismatch or double encumbered position shall consider themselves tour
complete in AY22.
   c. MK2 applicants may only screen for EPO ashore as there are no afloat
EPO positions for E5s.
3. Application procedures:
   a. EPO screening requests must be entered using the "My Panel Submissions"
link under Task in Direct Access (DA). A detailed guide for the EPO Screening
application process can be found at reference C under the EPO library.
   b. The EPO screening panel will open on 12 May 2021 and all members
desiring to screen must submit a request no later than 16 Jul 2021 that
includes a command endorsement. No late submissions or waivers will be
accepted after the closing of the panel submission date. Commands and
members are encouraged to reach out to their prospective AO prior to
the due date if there are projected complications with submitting the
e-Resume and or command endorsement into DA. Waiver requests will not
be granted after the due date.
   c. Guides for submitting and checking Command endorsements can be found
at reference C under the EPO library.
4. Interested members are reminded that eligibility for an EPO position
is conducted by a screening panel and not a board. To better align
expectations and allow members to compete successfully, interested
applicants need to follow all instructions in this message and ensure
that they meet the selection criteria outlined in paragraph 5 below.
5. Criteria: The following information will be screened in accordance
with section 1.C.7.b of reference A:
   a. Candidates with an unsatisfactory in conduct after 16 Jul 2017
will be disqualified.
   b. Candidates with a record of civil arrest, court-martial, non-judicial
punishment (NJP), alcoholism, drug misuse, indebtedness, etc., after 16
Jul 2017 will be disqualified.
   c. Candidates may have no physical impairments that preclude world-wide
   d. Candidates must comply with the weight standards contained in
reference B.
6. Command Endorsement: EPM-2 consistently receives applications lacking
complete command endorsements or endorsements that do not meet the specific
requirements of section 1.C.7.c(2) of reference A. AOs will not reach out to
Commands to get appropriate endorsements as this is the overall
responsibility of the member and command. To promote a fair and balanced
competition for applicants, Commands must ensure that their endorsement
addresses all the categories listed below, bullet form is preferred.
The DA panel submission must be used for endorsements, any
other submission media (i.e. email) may be considered on a case by
case basis prior to the submission deadline. There is an EPO endorsement
template at reference C under the EPO library that commands are strongly
recommended to utilize in drafting appropriate endorsements. The
requirements from reference A are listed below and must be specifically
addressed in the command endorsement:
   a. Leadership required for independent duty
   b. Technical competence required for job
   c. Maturity
   d. Dedication
   e. Professionalism
   f. Military bearing and appearance
   g. Adherence to the Commandant's weight standards
7. Screening Panel Results: Screening panel results will be announced no
later than 31 Aug 2021. A message will direct members to reference C for
a complete listing of members who successfully screened for EPO afloat and/
or ashore.
8. E-Resume Guidance: All members who successfully screen for and desire an
EPO position shall submit an EPO only e-Resume, listing all desired EPO
positions no later than 03 Oct 2021. EPO e-Resumes do not need command
endorsements as the member should only be submitting if successfully
screened. All EPO orders will be issued by 22 Oct 2021. Members that
screened successfully but did not earn an EPO position must re-submit a new
general duty e-Resume in accordance with reference D.
9. EPO Assignment Process: EPO assignments will be slated ahead of all other
general duty assignments in AY22 in order to optimize pipeline training
opportunities for future EPOs. AOs will slate all open MK2 through MKCM EPO
positions using the criteria set forth in section 1.C.7.d of reference A:
   a. Demonstrated leadership and performance
   b. Command endorsement
   c. Previous qualifications
   d. Career experience
   e. Personal preference
The above standard is used to select the best qualified candidates for EPO
positions. Successful screening does NOT guarantee assignment, extension, or
fleet-up to an EPO position. If a screened EPO candidate does not receive an
EPO position from their e-Resume, they will have the opportunity to apply for
additional EPO positions at a later time. AOs will release solicitations for
any EPO positions that become vacant during AY22. After all EPO assignments
are completed, AO's will begin slating general duty positions in accordance
with reference D.
10. For additional information, FAQs, and guidance, please refer to the EPO
library under reference C or contact your AO.
   a. CWO Grant A. Boyette: D5, PATFORSWA, and MKA School (202) 795-6602.
   b. MKCS Michael Gill: D8 and D9 (202) 795-6597. (CWO Christopher Wolf after
   01 Aug).
   c. CWO Larry Clements: D1 and D7 (202) 795-6598.
   d. MKCS Michael Gill: D11, D13, D14 and D17 (202) 795-6597
11. Released by: LT R. Rand: 202-795-6616.
12. Internet release authorized.