General Messages Weekly Roundup

All Hands selects several messages to publish in a weekly post to help raise awareness about specific messages and useful information.

* NOTE: The series does not contain all of the new messages, just select ones. Click here to view internet releasable messages, or go to the Portal to view all messages (must be at a Coast Guard workstation).

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally

ALCOAST 184/18 – MAY 2018 UPDATED FY18 SELECTED RESERVE (SELRES) BONUS AMOUNTS, ELIGIBILITY, AND SPECIAL INCENTIVE PAY FOR DESIGNATED UNITS (DUP)

This ALCOAST cancels REF (A) and announces eligibility and amounts paid for SELRES Enlistment and Affiliation bonuses as authorized by REF (B). It also announces the reinstatement of Designated Unit Pay (DUP), formerly known as High Priority Unit Pay. These bonuses and DUP are being reinstated to help facilitate a return to authorized strength. Additionally, these bonuses and DUP will enable our most critical units to be maintained at full capacity.

ALCOAST 183/18 – MAY 2018 DIRECT ACCESS UPGRADE IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This ALCOAST announces necessary preparations in advance of the scheduled upgrade of Direct Access. The software improvement of Direct Access is required to complete the 9.2 version upgrade. While this will result in five days of maintenance without access to our Human Capital Management System, Direct Access, the upgrade will ensure continued on time processing of payroll and enable future improvements to Direct Access. Direct Access will be taken offline at 9 p.m., EST, Thurs., May 24, 2018, and will be reactivated at 6 a.m. EST, Tues., May 29, 2018. While users will not have access to the system during the upgrade, there will be no data lost during the maintenance period.

ALCOAST 182/18 – MAY 2018 GOOD ORDER AND DISCIPLINE DATA

The Good Order and Discipline data for the second quarter of FY18 has been posted. The Good Order and Discipline data and summary is a compilation of the disciplinary and administrative actions taken when Coast Guard military and civilian employees fail to uphold the high ethical, moral, and professional standards we share in the Coast Guard. This data, as well as the Good Order and Discipline information for the last ten years, is available for review on the Internet or on CGPortal.

ALCOAST 181/18 – MAY 2018 2018 ANNUAL NATIONAL NAVAL OFFICERS ASSOCIATION (NNOA) LEADERSHIP, TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SYMPOSIUM

The annual NNOA Leadership, Training, and Professional Development Symposium will be held Aug. 8-9, 2018, at the Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel in Portsmouth, VA. This year’s theme is “Embracing Diversity to Strengthen the Sea Services.” The Coast Guard’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan supports and encourages participation in affinity group symposiums in an effort to increase the retention of a diverse and talented workforce.

ALCOAST 179/18 – MAY 2018 2018 FEDERAL EMPLOYEE VIEWPOINT SURVEY (FEVS)

Each day Federal employees throughout the U.S. Coast Guard work hard for the good of the public we serve. In order to effectively achieve our mission, it is important that Coast Guard employees’ feedback be heard. On May 10, 2018, the Office of Personnel Management released the 2018 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey to all eligible Department of Homeland Security employees. We hope that every eligible Coast Guard civilian employee takes the time to provide us with your valuable feedback so that we can continue to make the Coast Guard a better place to work.

ALCOAST 178/18 – MAY 2018 ZIKA VIRUS REMINDER

The Zika virus continues to be a threat along the U.S. Gulf Coast, in the Caribbean, and in Central and South America. The best way to protect yourself from Zika is to protect yourself from mosquito bites and protect yourself during sex. Further information is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from the Health, Safety, and Work-Life Service Center.

ALCOAST 177/18 – MAY 2018 MEASLES, MUMPS, AND RUBELLA (MMR) IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

It is critical for Coast Guard military personnel to be medically ready to meet the Coast Guard operational mission. Immunizations are an important part of medical readiness. All Coast Guard military personnel must have two documented lifetime shots of MMR vaccine or a blood test proving immunity to measles and rubella. Coast Guard military personnel who have only one documented shot and who do not have blood test results showing both measles and rubella immunity must have a second shot. Coast Guard military personnel have until April 30, 2019, to comply with this requirement. After that, they will show red in Coast Guard Business Intelligence reports for required immunizations.

ALCOAST 176/18 – MAY 2018 PUBLIC AFFAIRS POSTGRADUATE AND ADVANCED EDUCATION SOLICITATION

This message solicits applicants for postgraduate and undergraduate opportunities for the Public Affairs Program. Two officers will be selected to attend postgraduate training beginning in the fall of 2019. One public affairs specialist will be selected to attend advanced education training during the same period. Both programs are 24-months of duty under instruction.

ALCOAST 175/18 – MAY 2018 2018-2019 COAST GUARD FOUNDATION ENLISTED RESERVE SCHOLARSHIPS

COMDT (CG-13) is pleased to announce the application period for the Coast Guard Foundation Enlisted Reserve Scholarships. The Coast Guard Foundation is awarding eight, $1,000 scholarships to enlisted Coast Guard reservists or their eligible dependents for 2018.

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