Human Capital Strategy: Updates to the temporary separation program

 The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb stand ready for a uniform inspection prior to the cutter's change of command ceremony held at Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach on June 16, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrea Anderson.)

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb stand ready for a uniform inspection prior to the cutter’s change of command ceremony held at Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach on June 16, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrea Anderson.)

Are you considering separating from the Coast Guard but not sure if you want to take a one-way ticket to civilian life? Well, you don’t have to!

Service members can request a temporary separation, also known as TEMPSEP, to keep one foot in the organization while exploring life in the civilian world. The program enables you to leave active duty service for anywhere between six months and two years, effectively putting your military career on hold until you choose to re-join the ranks.

ALCOAST 241/16 announces a major overhaul of the TEMPSEP program. As one of the 31 initiatives of the Human Capital Strategy, the previous TEMPSEP policy has been updated and is now its own manual, COMDTINST M1040.6 (series).

History:

The Care of Newborn Children (CNC) program was created in 1991 to assist high performing active duty mothers who had recently given birth, allowing them to focus on their children by taking a temporary break from active duty.

The program was re-titled TEMPSEP in 2001 when the Coast Guard opened temporary separations to any active duty member, allowing members to focus on personal interests or opportunities they may have been precluded from performing by remaining on active duty. The purpose of the TEMPSEP program is to retain valuable experience and training members possess that might otherwise be lost by voluntary separations.

Promulgation of the new TEMPSEP policy represents the first comprehensive review and update to the program since 2001. This manual provides more guidance and details on the prerequisites and requirements for both those requesting and those authorizing TEMPSEP for their members.

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TEMPSEP IMAGE – click on chart to enlarge

Major Changes:

1) Amount of times allowed to TEMPSEP – Members shall generally be allowed only one TEMPSEP in their career.

2) Required affiliation with the Reserve – all members separating through TEMPSEP must affiliate with the CG Reserve (SELRES, IRR, ASL or ISL) during their time on TEMPSEP to ensure an easier return to Active Duty status.

Affiliation allows the member to more easily return to active duty. Members who separate from the Reserve prior to returning to active duty shall have their TEMPSEP agreement cancelled.

Members may serve in the Selected Reserve (SELRES), Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), Active Standby List (ASL), or Inactive Standby List (ISL). In particular, the ISL allows the member to stay in the Coast Guard without any drilling or attendance requirements. Reserve Policy Manual, COMDTINST M1001.28 (series) has further details.

Specific policies and standards for each part of the Coast Guard Reserve listed above are in the Reserve Policy Manual, COMDTINST M1001.28 (series).

3) Clarification on officer rank, Date of Rank (DOR), and precedence upon return to active duty – all members who return from TEMPSEP must be placed back in precedence/time in grade where they were when they left active duty. Any advancements or promotions earned in the Reserve will be given up if the member returns to active duty.

4) The new policy specifically addresses three situations that enable members to use TEMPSEP who might, otherwise, be ineligible. These situations include: Care of Newborn Children (live birth or adoption), Surrogacy (having a child for someone else), and victims of sexual assault.

This policy is effective immediately for members who have not yet submitted a TEMPSEP request.

* Members who have an already approved TEMPSEP or who have requested TEMPSEP as of the date of ALCOAST 241/16, as confirmed by a receipt from the Coast Guard Personnel Service Center (PSC), shall follow policies and standards in place at the time of requesting TEMPSEP (i.e. these members do not have to join the Reserve).

For questions about TEMPSEP, contact PSC.

To learn more about the Human Capital Strategy, check out these previous posts:

All Hands – Announcing the Coast Guard Human Capital Strategy: a framework to meet new challenges

Compass – Release of U.S. Coast Guard Human Capital Strategy

 

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