General Messages Weekly Round-up

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). 

ALCOAST 195/17 – Marine Industry Training Opportunities

Eligible officers and Marine Science Technicians (MSTs) are strongly encouraged to apply for the Marine Industry Training Program. This program is a specialized training program that allows Coast Guard members to conduct internships with maritime industry organizations and associations, similar to participation in a fast track junior executive training program. Marine Industry Training Program selectees will be chosen this fall by a selection panel to participate in one of five sub-programs: Merchant Marine Industry Training, Investigations Industry Training, Port Safety and Security Industry Training, Marine Environmental Protection Industry Training, and Waterways Management Industry Training.

ALCOAST 194/17 – Operation Dry Water

The purpose of this ALCOAST is to provide notice of the 2017 Operation Dry Water (ODW) heightened awareness and enforcement weekend and encourage maximum participation from Coast Guard units. ODW will take place June 30 – July 2, 2017.

Alcohol use continues to be a leading contributing factor in recreational boating-related accidents, injuries and deaths. Alcohol use was involved in 15 percent of all recreational boating deaths in 2016. ODW directly supports the National Recreational Boating Safety Programs efforts to eliminate alcohol related marine casualties.

ALCOAST 193/17 – 100th Anniversary of the Espionage Act

June 15th, 2017, marked the 100th anniversary of passage of the Espionage Act of 1917. The Espionage Act came about as a direct result of the country’s war effort in World War I, and it has greatly increased the importance of the role of the Coast Guard in safeguarding our ports over the past 100 years.

ALCOAST 192/17 – All Contingency Preparedness Summit (ACPS)

The All Contingency Preparedness Summit (ACPS) will be held 8-11 August 2017, at the General Jacob E. Smart Conference Center, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. This is the first time the ACPS has been held since 2011 and is part of the Commandant’s strategy to Build Capacity. This year’s focus will be on case studies of recent exercises and real world responses, presentations and panel discussions on new policies, and workshops to address new challenges confronting the contingency preparedness and emergency management communities. The strength of the Coast Guard’s preparedness program has a direct correlation to the Coast Guard’s performance during contingency response operations. By hosting the ACPS, the Coast Guard is ensuring that its preparedness program is continuously improved by adapting to the changing operational landscape and cultivating a highly-skilled, professional workforce.

ACN 066/17 – Duty to People – Promulgation of Change 4 to Coast Guard Weight and Body Fat Standards Program, COMDTINST M1020.8h

This ALCOAST announces the new Fertility Treatment Exemption, now located in Article 5.F. of REF (A). Many Coast Guard families are using Assisted Reproductive Services (ARS) and male Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) in order to pursue their dream of having a family. As part of our Duty to People, the Coast Guard desires to provide individuals the opportunity to prosper, advance in their careers, and contribute to the Coast Guard mission while supporting their families. The Coast Guard recognizes that members may undergo physiological changes associated with the side effects of ARS/HRT and/or the medications used for ARS/HRT resulting in exceeding body fat standards.

ACN 065/17 – Additional Service Wide Exam Point for Company Commanders and OIC Qualified BM1s

This ALCOAST announces a change to advancement policy, incentivizing members to become a TRACEN Cape May Company Commander and/or to successfully pass the Officer in Charge Board as BM1s. Policies and standards in REF (A) not specifically addressed in this ALCOAST remain unchanged. Article 3.A.3.f.(2) of REF (A) will be amended to include two incentives, described in Paragraphs 3 and 4 of this ALCOAST, that are each worth 1 point on the service wide exam final multiple score.

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