STAN 2.0: Risk-based methodology

This post is the second in a four-part series that will explain the new Boat Forces standardization, called STAN, assessment standards. On Sept. 19, the Office of Boat Forces announced the implementation of the new STAN framework and provided policy updates to the Boat Forces manual. Over the next week, Coast Guard All Hands will breakdown the new policy and provide in-depth analysis of how these changes will better prepare personnel and operational units for mission success. The new STAN Team assessment policy is called STAN 2.0 and goes into effect Oct. 1.

Coast Guard 47-foot motor life boat. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guard 47-foot motor life boat. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Written by Lt. Jodie Knox.

STAN 2.0 provides a report informing the operational commander of the level of risk a unit is exposed to. The operational commander uses the report to make a determination on the operational readiness of a unit. There are no minimum requirements for scoring but STAN 2.0 scores paint a picture of risk for each unit. The risk assessment is based on operational risk management where points are assigned to areas of risk that deviate from the standard. With ORM, the greater the deviation, the greater the unit’s points and the bigger the risk.

Training Center Yorktown Boat Forces Center logo

Each gradable area of STAN 2.0 is individually assessed and collectively averaged for an overall unit risk assessment, or GAR, score.

There are six gradable areas:

• General administration: Inspection of the administration of the unit’s boat program.

• Naval engineering: Inspection of boat platforms.

• Rescue and survival systems: Evaluation of rescue and survival systems and gear.

• Training administration: Inspection of training portion of the unit’s boat program, training records and training program system.

• Knowledge examination: Online testing system given to every crewmember for their highest level of qualification.

• Operational drills: Evaluation of underway drills.

The scoring is visually related to green, amber and red, or GAR. Below is the chart that will be used in the STAN 2.0 evaluation report:

GAR Score explanation for STAN 2.0

During the beta-test phase of STAN 2.0, one of the test station’s commanding officers, Lt. Scott Farr, stated, “[STAN 2.0] is easy to understand. Everyone understands GAR colors … [it] should allow operational commanders to have a better idea of where the holes in their programs are and help focus more on areas of concern.”

For questions regarding STAN 2.0, please contact The Office of Boat Forces at (202) 372-2472 or Lt. David Ruhlig at

Be sure to read our third post in this four-part series on Thursday, Sept. 26, where we will explain exactly how the new STAN 2.0 scoring system will work!



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