April 2021

Coast Guard travel/leave policy for Calendar Year 2021

The Coast Guard has announced updated policy regarding travel and leave limitations and procedures due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The major revision is that you can seek approval for official travel or leisure travel from the first O-5/GS-14 in their chain of command, or your unit CO/OIC.

Previously, approval had to come from the O-6/GS-15 level.

Concealed-carry credentialing program for CG law enforcement personnel

The Coast Guard has announced its credentialing program for the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA). The act allows those who are eligible to carry a personally-owned, concealed firearm where firearms are allowed under the law. 

What this specifically means for Coast Guard members, is that in alignment with 18 United States Code, sections 926B and 926C, LEOSA applies to current law enforcement officers (LEO) and supervisors, or those who have retired or separated from the Coast Guard.

New mentoring options for active duty, reservists and civilians
Are you looking for ways to advance your career, develop your leadership skills and connect with other like-minded individuals in the Coast Guard? Then, the new Coast Guard Mentoring Program is for you! 

"We know that access to mentors is important. That’s why we are piloting a new ‘mobile- enabled’ mentoring program to connect mentees and mentors across our entire workforce,” said Coast Guard Commandant Karl Schultz, announcing the program during the 2021 State of the Coast Guard Address. 

Launching formally this spring, the easy-to-use web-based program will be open to all Coast Guard active duty, reservist, and civilian personnel interested in mentor or mentee opportunities.  

Coast Guard Increases Tuition Assistance

The Coast Guard has announced that they have increased the annual maximum reimbursement amount for college courses taken while on active duty to $3,750, effective March 11, 2021.

Previously, the annual maximum amount of tuition assistance reimbursement payable to active duty and reserve Coast Guard members was $2,250.

While the annual maximum increases, the tuition assistance reimbursement rates remain the same at $250 per semester hour or $166.67 per quarter hour.

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Pay and Allowances
to Help You Through COVID-19

Several new pay and allowances are now available to members and their dependents.

These entitlements are part of the overall military effort to support our members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please contact your local SPO to determine your eligibility for these new pay and allowances.

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When Isolated At Home, Reconnect With Old
Service Friends
These unprecedented times are contributing to a higher level of anxiety, particularly among our Veteran population. The constant flow of often discouraging news, along with a reduced ability to mingle with others to keep spirits up, makes it difficult for some to maintain their morale. TogetherWeServed, a military heritage community website and home to over 1.9 million U.S. Military Veterans, wants to help.

A secure virtual base for Veterans

During a Veteran’s military service, their base, ship or shore station is place to call home – a safe haven to share in the company of some of the finest men and women with a mission in common. Together We Served (TWS) aims to replicate that same spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood in its own “Virtual Base” website.

With its membership containing only active serving and Veterans, TWS provides a secure platform for all Veterans to engage with other Veterans on a level that is simply not possible in most social networking environments.

To obtain your Free Full Membership, please go to this  special link only for CPOA/CGEA members. 
 Family of deceased Coast Guard members who wish to join CGTWS to create a Remembrance Profile for their loved one should email admin@togetherweserved.com.
 For more information on TogetherWeServed.com, please view their short informational video at: www.youtube.com/twsmilitarywebsites
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