STAN 2.0: Ready for operations and retirement of Kimball award

This post is the last in a four-part series explaining 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 course of the series, Coast Guard All Hands provided a breakdown of the new policy and 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 went into effect Oct. 1.

Coast Guard Seaman Breanna Kinchen-Woods, a crewmember at Coast Guard Station Oswego, N.Y., aboard the 47-foot Motor Life Boat, throws the heaving line to another Coast Guardsman waiting aboard the 25-foot Response Boat-Small during two boat training in the Oswego Harbor, July 30, 2013. Coast Guard boatcrews conduct training to stay proficient when needed in times of emergency. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Bryan Sullivan.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Bryan Sullivan.

Written by: Lt. Jodie Knox

As we wrap up our series on STAN 2.0, we wanted to address how the assessment standard will impact a unit’s ability to be designated ready or operations and why STAN 2.0 and a shift to a risk-based methodology brought about the retirement of the Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award.

Ready for operations

Current policy states ready for operations, or RFO, shall mirror standardization team assessments. That policy remains in effect with STAN 2.0 with two major exceptions:

• RFO will not require knowledge exams or written tests.
• RFO will not require a physical fitness evaluation.

RFO teams should consider postponing inspections until after Jan. 1, 2014. This is because Coast Guard Office of Boat Forces is hosting a workshop, to be held December 2013 at Training Center Yorktown, for RFO teams to familiarize them with the STAN 2.0 updates.

The RFO program, as a whole, is currently under review with changes expected by 2015. Until that time, RFO will continue to reflect the new STAN 2.0 policies, with exception to exams and fitness tests.

Kimball Award

Sumner L. Kimball

Sumner L. Kimball

The Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award was awarded to units that achieved a score of more than 45 in the legacy standardization team scoring system. The Kimball Award has served the Coast Guard well for more than 10 years. However, Coast Guard Headquarters received extensive feedback from multiple sources, including field units and formal analyses, and determined the award had become a distraction encouraging units to focus on being “ready for assessment” rather than “ready for operations.” The award placed focus on winning points rather than focusing on what it takes for a unit to be operationally ready.

The purpose of retiring the Kimball award is to shift the focus back to operational readiness and emphasize risk management. Units are still authorized to display previously earned Kimball Award plaques and may fly their Kimball pennant up to two years after the date of award.

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



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