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CWO Jeffrey Wenciker, Assignment Officer
Phone: (703) 872-6615
FAX: (703) 872-6664
E-Mail: Jeffrey.S.Wenciker(at)



MST Assignment Officer Hot Word
Updated: 27 OCT 2014


Assignment Year 2015 

Reference:                COMDTINST M1000.8 

AY15 Timeline:          ALCGENL 102/14

01 Oct: Official Shopping List published

07 Nov: E-Resumes due

10 Nov – 31 Mar: AOs slate members and issue orders 


The period for members to contact their Assignment Officer directly for career counseling ended on 29 August.  If you are having difficulties finding answers to your questions, feel free to contact me.  I would ask that you first utilize your chain of command and review all the information available on the Enlisted Personnel Management’s website prior to reaching out to me.  With that said, I would like to take a moment to address an important amendment to the Military Assignments and Authorized Absences Manual (COMDTINST M1000.8) that took effect last assignment year, and to review topics that frequently result in questions from the field: 


MSTs interested in an assignment to a shopped position for National Strike Force duty must successfully complete a pre-assignment screening conducted by your Commands.  Refer to COMDTINST M1000.8 Chapter 1.C.12 for specifics regarding the interview, submission of request, and the assignment.  In order for you to be included in the candidate pool your eResume must be endorsed by your Command and include the following statement: 

“I have read and understand Article 1.C.12, Military Assignments and Authorized

Absences, COMDTINST M1000.8 (series) relating to suitability for deployable

specialized forces (DSF) duty. Neither I nor my dependents possess any physical or

mental abnormalities, except as indicated, which might result in a determination that I

am disqualified for such duty: (state disqualifications or indicate “None to my

knowledge.”). I consider myself fully qualified for DSF duty.” 

If your eResume does not include the required endorsement with this required statement, you will not be considered for the position.  There will be no exceptions made for this requirement. 

Weather Billets:

Positions being shopped this year for Air Station Kodiak, the International Ice Patrol, CGC HEALY, and CGC POLAR STAR all require the Weather Forecaster Course at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS.  This means that the member being ordered in will PCS to Keesler Air Force Base for the duration of the school which is approximately seven months long.  Then, in AY16 you will receive from me a second set of PCS orders to your follow-on duty station. 

Realistic E-Resumes:

As is the case every year, the eResume is one of the most critical parts of the assignment process.  It is the primary means by which members communicate their desires to the Assignment Officer.  If you have any questions regarding the crafting of your eResume, please let me know early on.  In the meantime, please consider the following: 

Please put as many picks down in your eResume as possible.  This will go a long way towards ensuring you are not asked to rank-order a supplemental list.  If you are asking yourself, “Is the number of positions I have listed on my eResume enough?”  Then, you should most likely be listing more.  If you have rank ordered every position being shopped, you will have provided me with a list that clearly indicates your most desired position all the way down to your least desired position. 

Member’s eResumes should be well-crafted with numerous choices that are both reasonable and realistic.  They should provide comments that succinctly capture their skills, qualifications, experience, and knowledge which will make them the best candidate for their top choices.  Generally speaking, and with few exceptions, MST assignments are not competency-based.  However, all factors equal (AP, evaluations, endorsements, etc) I may choose to start looking at competencies to determine the best-suited candidate for a position.  If I reach the end of a member’s eResume and all of their listed positions have been filled, I typically do not stop the assignment process.  Rather, I set them aside and move forward.  Once I have looked at all members within a rate, I will then go back and catch the rest by submitting a supplemental list for them to choose from. 

Assignment Policy Upon Advancement:

When a member advances and desires to remain in his or her current assignment, every effort will be made to retain the member until tour completion, unless Service needs dictate otherwise.  If a member desires reassignment upon advancement, AOs will consider, on a case-by-case basis, the reassignment of the member based on the needs of the Service.  Every effort will be made to minimize the number of transfers upon advancement, but personnel should not compete for advancement unless they are prepared to fill any authorized vacant position in the next higher paygrade. 

If you have made the cut for advancement, you should be listing positions on your e-Resume commensurate with your new paygrade.  Please do not list positions that are not aligned with your paygrade as I will not consider you a candidate and this will result in a lost pick.  If you anticipate coming above a revised cut based upon your placement, then I would recommend you list positions on your eResume for both paygrades.  If this applies to you, please make a note of this in the comments portion of the eResume form.  For example: 

“I have listed picks 1-30 on my eResume based upon my current paygrade (E6); I have also listed picks 31-60 at the next higher paygrade (E7) should I come above the cut for advancement off the May 2013 SWE.”



Assignment policy offers married active duty members the opportunity to collocate or reside jointly whenever possible. Affected couples must realize the Service may not be able to collocate them throughout their military careers and should allow some separation for professional development while meeting Service needs. While the Coast Guard attempts to assign affected couples equitably, you must understand assignments ultimately must be made based on Service needs. However, the Service makes every reasonable effort to assign a couple to the same geographic area to permit them to maintain a joint residence. The fact that two enlisted members are married does not alter the assignment priority policy in Article 1.B.4 of COMDTINST M1000.8. 

Special Needs Program:

The Special Needs program is a mandatory enrollment program for all active duty members who have dependent family members diagnosed with medical, psychological, physical, or educational special needs.  If this applies to you, now is the time to ensure your family is enrolled.  Members who enroll in the program late in the assignment season run the risk of being assigned solely on the availability of services.  If your family is currently enrolled in the program, it is certainly okay to be proactive and reach out to your Family Resource Specialist to pre-screen locations you desire to be assigned.  This will assist you and your family in making informed decisions regarding your future assignment. 

Obligated Service for Assignment:

AOs normally will not transfer Service members E4 and above with fewer than six years of active duty unless they reenlist or extend to have enough obligated service for a full tour upon reporting to a new unit.  Members normally will not be transferred if they have less than one year of obligated service remaining.  However, if they elect to extend or reenlist, they may be considered for transfer.  Personnel E4 and above with over six years of active duty are considered to be in a career status.  Unless otherwise indicated, they are required to have one year of obligated service remaining upon reporting to a new unit. 

If a member elects not to obligate service for transfer, PSC EPM-2 must be notified via message traffic within five working days of the member receiving Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders.  Once this happens, there are four possible outcomes: 

  1. There is no Service need; member is processed for discharge by Convenience of the Government within 30 days.

  2. There is a Service need; member’s separation is established for 1 July 2014 to coincide with slated replacement and to prevent a gap at the unit.

  3. There is a Service need; member is allowed to remain on active duty to End-of-Enlistment (EOE) and separation orders are issued for EOE, thereby preventing an extension or reenlistment without prior approval from EPM-1.

  4. There is a Service need; the obligated service requirement is waived, member must execute orders and proceed to next duty station.


Separation in Lieu of Orders (SILO):
Enlisted members on indefinite reenlistments and in receipt of orders may request SILO. The separation request must be submitted to EPM within 5 working days of receiving PCS orders.  Members desiring to SILO may be separated prior to the expiration of their enlistment by reason of Convenience of the Government in accordance with Article 1.B.12 of the Military Separations, COMDTINST M1000.4. If the separation request is approved, the member will be separated from the Service by 1 August of the current year. Approval will be based on Service need. 

Retirement in Lieu of Orders (RILO):

Retirement eligible members in receipt of orders may request RILO. The member must request the RILO within 5 working days of receiving PCS orders. Members desiring to RILO shall request a retirement date no later than 1 August of the year in which orders were received in accordance with Articles 1.C.11.a.(3)(a) of the Military Separations, COMDTINST M1000.4. Approval will be based on Service need.   

Direct Access II:

As part of a series of technology refresh projects, the Coast Guard has transitioned to a newer version of the PeopleSoft software.  Please refer to the below link if you have any questions regarding Direct Access II and the e-Resume functionality: 

Direct Access Technology Refresh – PCS e-Resume


It is very important that you take the time to be proactive in your approach to assignment prospects this season.  Assignments are not made on a first come, first served basis and it is highly encouraged that you research every position listed on your e-Resume.  I wish everyone the best as we begin to move forward into what is already shaping up to be a very dynamic and busy assignment season.


CWO Jeff Wenciker

MST Assignment Officer

Desk: 703-872-6615


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