U.S. Coast Guard
Health Services Technician, Public Affairs
& Musician Assignments
CWO Martin Antuna, Assignment Officer
Updated 01 June 13
Hello - I'm CWO4 Martin Antuna, the Health Services, Public Affairs, and Musicians Mate Assignment Officer.
Assignment Year :
Welcome to Assignment Year 2014 (AY14)!
The release of COMCOGARD PSC ARLINGTON VA 301906Z/ALCGENL 071/13 marked the beginning of AY14. If you are due to transfer in AY14, are above the cut for advancement, advanced and remained at the lower grade position, you must seek and read this message. If you supervise any one under these categories, you too should seek and read this message.
I believe AY14 will present some of the same challenges we faced in AY13. Therefore, I suggest you also seek and read COMCOGARD PSC ARLINGTON VA 261246Z/ALCGENL 063/13 which closed AY13. The information necessary to be completely knowledgeable of the assignment is readily accessible at the CG Personnel Service Center site at: http://www.uscg.mil/psc/epm Most, if not all, questions and concerns about the assignment process can be answered by using these resources. I’ll like to take this opportunity to address three things I’ll do differently in AY14.
1. Assignment Afloat:
I’ll not use an early slate process to fill the available cutters in AY14. I’ll select and assign members for afloat duty using the same process as all other assignments. As in AY13, I’ll follow any guidelines PSC-EPM-2 may give for women afloat. If you want to compete for any of the available cutters in AY14 (see below) simply list them in order of preference in your AY14 e-Resume. If you are a sea-duty candidate, not listing any cutter doesn’t mean I won’t consider you for them. Not listing any cutters simply mean if you are selected for duty afloat, you don’t have a preference to which one you get assigned to.
Available cutters in AY14 (as of June 2013):
HSC MORGENTHAU Honolulu, HI
HSC RUSH Honolulu, HI
HSC SHERMAN San Diego, CA
HSC GALLATIN Charleston, SC
HSC STRATTON Alameda, CA
HS1 HICKORY Homer, AK
HS1 CAMPBELL Portsmouth, NH
HS1 BEAR Portsmouth, VA
HS1 NORTHLAND Portsmouth, VA
HS1 SPENCER Boston, MA
HS2 VIGILANT Patrick AFB, FL
HS2 ACTIVE Port Angeles, WA
HS2 STEADFAST Warrenton, OR
HS2 DEPENDABLE Cape May, NJ
HS2 ALERT Warrenton, OR
HS2 ELM Atlantic Beach, NC
HS2 CYPRESS Pensacola, FL
HS2 FIR Astoria, OR
2. PATFOR SWA:
I’ll select members for these coveted positions from AY14 e-Resumes. If you are interested in this challenging, one year assignment, simply list it on your e-Resume. Please ensure you meet the criteria and have included the appropriate endorsement. There is a section about PATFORSWA on the PSC-EPM-2 site. Also, be on the lookout for any messages with more specific PATFORSWA information for AY14.
3. Long “C” Schools:
If needed to meet critical service needs, I’ll solicit applicants for these long “C” schools well after the shopping list is published. If you are an AY14 candidate you should not delay submission of your e-Resume because you are hoping to apply for any of these schools.
Again, all the information necessary to make you very knowledgeable on the enlisted assignment process is available to you from any CG standard workstation. And yet, every year I encounter members with some unrealistic expectations. If you have a question or concern that cannot be addressed using the resources available to you, please don’t hesitate to give me a call before August 30, 2013. At this stage of the assignment process I prefer telephone communications. If you call me and get a busy signal is because I’m probably on the phone. Please leave your name and a telephone number and I’ll call you back. It may take a bit of time, but I’ll get back to you.
As the assignment officer I also have an equally important role as career advisor. I look forward to offer both assignment and career advice to you in AY14. Thank you.
During the assignment season it is often difficult to reach each of you during normal business hours. I encourage you to update your personal information in Direct Access (DA) with your current home & cell phone numbers and e-mail address. You must also have an e-mail address with ".mil, .edu or, .gov" listed as your business e-mail address on DA.
Special Needs Program:
I recommend prior to submitting your e-resume you contact your FAS/FRS to ensure your needs can be met in the geographic area(s) you are requesting.
The Special Needs program ensures that members having dependents with a verified special need are assigned to a geographic area in which their family special needs can be met. The specifics of the Special Needs Program are outlined in COMDTINST M1754.7B. I will communicate with the Work-Life Staff to ensure that members enrolled in the Special Needs Program are assigned to an area where their family special needs can be addressed. I must reemphasize, this program does not guarantee a specific unit or assignment; it only ensures the assignment is in an acceptable area. Furthermore, I do not discuss specific assignments with the Work-Life staff. If you are enrolled in the special needs program, list only positions/units that are located in areas that can address your family needs. Your active collaboration with the local Work-Life staff is encouraged to ensure that only acceptable areas are listed on your e-Resume.
Rate Force Master Chief (RFMC):
I work closely with the three RFMCs listed below. The RFMC’s sites provide excellent, rate specific, as well as general information that can assist you in planning your career.
HS: HSCM Glenn T. Royes; 202 475-5174
PA: PACM Eugene M. OBerry; 202 372-4639
MU: MUCM Ginny Sturm
Enlistment Procedure for the Musician Rate:
1. Applicant wins audition at the CG Academy; MUCM Sturm, (860) 701-6851.
2. CG Academy Band sends memo endorsement stating the individual is musically qualified to the local recruiter.
3. Local recruiter schedules physical examination (PE) with MEPS and ensures that the ASVAB exam has been taken.
4. If applicant meets all CG qualifications, then the local recruiter sends MEPS PE, ASVAB results, CG Academy Band endorsement, and applicant vital information to CG Recruiting Command (202)-493-6682.
5. CGRC gives approval and sends endorsement to EPM-2.
6. EPM-2, HS/PA/MU Assignment Officer issues orders to CG Academy Band.
7. Applicant is sworn-in and reports to CG Academy IAW orders issued.
Closing Remarks:I encourage the use of all the resources available to you for career and assignment counseling. In most cases, your supervisors have been where you are now, have asked the same questions or had the same concerns as you now have. Additional, detailed information is provided in COMDTINST M1000.8, Military Assignments and Authorized Absences. If you have not read this manual, you should do so!
How to Contact the Detailer:
Please review COMDTINST M1000.8 as this varies trough the assignment process. If appropriate, you may contact me via phone @ 202-493-1287, fax @ 202-493-1249, or email @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you have Internet capabilities at home, you have access to Direct Access (DA). From your home computer type: https://hr.direct-access.us into your address box to get the DA sign on screen. From there you navigate through DA the same way you would from work.