MCPOCG Steven W. Cantrell
About the Office of the Master Chief of the Coast Guard
The office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
(MCPOCG) was established by legislative action on Aug. 27, 1969, to provide
the Commandant with a personal advisor and assistant in matters affecting
the enlisted members of the Coast Guard, both active and reserve, and their
families. The MCPOCG is the most senior enlisted member of the Coast Guard.
The normal tour of assignment is four years, which runs concurrently with
the Commandant of the Coast Guard.
The MCPOCG must be a living example of the Coast Guard's core values
of honor, respect, and devotion to duty. Individuals who are selected to
serve in this prestigious position must possess the highest standards of
professionalism and personal integrity.
Activities and responsibilities of the MCPOCG:
- assisting in the development of policy for managing the enlisted workforce
of the Coast Guard;
- traveling to various units throughout the Coast Guard, addressing personnel
on quality of life and personnel issues;
- formal testimonials before Congress;
- representing enlisted quality of life issues by speaking to various
civilian and military committees and forums;
- representing the Coast Guard by accepting opportunities to speak at
military, civic, and social functions;
- maintaining a strong relationship with service organizations and companies
that support enlisted personnel issues;
- working closely with the Department of Defense senior enlisted counterparts;
- by serving as the Force Manager for the Command Master Chief Program
and Program Manager for the Chief Petty Officer Academy.
As the senior-most Chief Petty Officer in the Coast Guard, the MCPOCG
is also responsible for all aspects of the implementation and management
of the Chiefs Call to Indoctrination Program.