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OPM-4 Frequently Asked Questions

What is OPM-4?

The Officer Career Management Branch (OPM-4) provides officer career management information that revolves around three basic themes:

Who can use OPM-4 services? 

Any Active Duty Coast Guard Officer, Cadet, Officer Candidate or Officer Trainee.  Though OPM-4 is more than happy to assist Reserve Officers, Reserve Officers are recommended to schedule an appointment with RPM by sending an email to ARL-PF-CGPC-RPM. 

How do I schedule an appointment? 

Send an email to ARL-PF-CGPC-OPM-4.

Can you tell me why I was not selected for PG School, Flight School or Promotion?

It is important to note "up front" that OPM-4 is neither a member of selection panels nor promotion boards. Every panel/board takes an oath not to reveal the deliberations that went into the selection of candidates. OPM-4 does not know the exact reason for your non-selection.  OPM-4 can conduct a records review and point out to you derogatory information that may have limited your potential for selection.  OPM-4 will also discuss ways to increase your competitiveness for subsequent selection or promotion panels.

How can I make myself more competitive/upwardly mobile?

The Commandant's Precept to Boards and Panels stresses four key themes: Performance, Education, Professionalism and Leadership.  The OER remains the best tool to document an officers progress towards those themes. It behooves every officer to strive for the best OER possible to ensure their performance is accurately reflected in the marks and comments. In addition to the Career Management Branch, the Office of Leadership and Professional Development (CG-133) offers some guidance with regards to leadership, education and professional development on their website.

How do I know my record is ready for a board? 

The promotion system provides a competitive process whereby Coast Guard Officers within each grade compete for promotion to the next grade. The basic goal is to advance the Best and Fully Qualified Officers to higher grades.  Your record is your personal representation at all selection boards for promotion, command and school.

The board does not see you. They only see your record. It is important that you fully understand all the parts of your record and know how to keep it updated. As we review records during counseling, we routinely come across poorly managed records. We find records not updated with important items such as PG education transcripts, Form CG-4082's, and personal awards. Failure to have all your information in your record may present a limited picture of your performance and potential. Ensuring your record is current and complete is your responsibility.  It is neither difficult nor time consuming to ensure you have a current and updated record. Don't procrastinate and wait until the last minute. We recommend you contact OPM-4 to review your official PDR a minimum of 90 days prior to your promotion board or PG selection panel.

How do I request a copy of my official record?

Submit a memo to the Records Branch either by fax or e-mail.

OER correction questions?

Contact the Officer Evaluations Branch.

Special Board questions?

Contact the Special Boards Section.

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