From the Homefront: Blended Retirement System Opt-In Training is for spouses too

As a dependent, did you know that there is a new Blended Retirement System (BRS) that your spouse may be eligible for? Beginning in 2018, active duty members with fewer than 12 years of service or reserve members with fewer than 4,320 points can choose to enroll in the modernized BRS. Deciding when to retire is a big decision; one that affects the whole family for years to come. Read the full post to learn more about BRS training that is now available to military spouses to help your family decide what is right for you!


Tricare and You – Retirement benefits

Eligible Coast Guard retirees are entitled to TRICARE coverage. The type of coverage you receive does change as you age, and you have some choice of the type of coverage you receive. This article will help you better understand the type of coverage that you may receive.


5 things to know about the Military to Mariner credentialing program

Interested in a career in the maritime sector once you retire or separate from the Coast Guard? Here are five things you should know about the Military to Mariner credentialing program!


TRICARE and You – Losing your provider or network doctor

For any number of reasons you may lose access to your TRICARE doctor. Your provider may elect to no longer accept TRICARE, may retire, move, or leave medical practice. Regardless of the reason, the result is that you and your dependents may no longer have a doctor. Read the full blog to find out what steps to take if you lose your network doctor!


12 Days on Polar Star

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is currently headed to Antarctica for its annual mission, Operation Deep Freeze. During Antarctic deployments, the cutter’s primary mission is to break a channel through the sea ice to ensure that resupply ships can reach the U.S. Antarctic Program’s McMurdo Research […]


Spread Coast Guard cheer everywhere with these printable gift tags

Do you love free holiday printables? Well look no further! These printable gift tags are the perfect addition to your gifts this year to show your Coast Guard pride. We hope this printable spreads Coast Guard cheer everywhere!


TRICARE and You – Reminder: Implemented Pharmacy Changes

Express Scripts added Walgreens to the TRICARE retail pharmacy network on Dec. 1, 2016, but CVS and CVS pharmacies in Target stores are no longer in the network. If you are still filling prescriptions at a CVS pharmacy, you need to transfer all your prescriptions now to avoid paying full retail price for your medication. The Health Safety Work Life service Center will walk you through the steps to transfer your prescription to a network pharmacy or to set up home delivery.


Our service’s response to the attack on Pearl Harbor

Today, we remember the attack on Pearl Harbor that took the lives of more than 2,000 Americans on Dec. 7, 1941. The Coast Guard immediately offered helping hands and provided support as accustomed and trained to do. Today we use those same principles during times of crisis, and we remain a steady and vigilant organization on which others can depend. Here are just a few examples of how our service reacted that fateful day. These stories remind us that our past has shaped our service.


TRICARE and You – Prime vs. standard enrollment

Whether you are new to the Coast Guard or a seasoned vet, the difference between TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Standard can be a bit confusing, and trying to decide which plan is right your family can be a bit overwhelming. If you are struggling with which plan to choose, read the full post to learn more!


Holiday Safety Message from Health, Safety, and Work-Life

While many of you will be participating in traditional holiday activities, others will continue to carry out Coast Guard missions. Whether you are on leave, traveling, or standing the watch, I urge you to be safe during the holidays. The holiday season is an excellent time to consider conducting unit safety stand-downs. Let’s take a pause and remind ourselves of the hazards associated with an often hectic and rushed period in our lives. Read the full post to learn more about preventing mishaps, managing risk, and properly preparing for your travels.


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