March 17, 2020 —
R 140133 MAR 20
FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//CG-R/
SUBJ: INACTIVE DUTY FOR TRAINING (IDT) AND ACTIVE DUTY FOR TRAINING – ANNUAL TRAINING (ADT-AT) GUIDANCE IN REGARDS TO COVID-19
A. Reserve Policy Manual, COMDINST M1001.28 (series)
B. COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC 140021 MAR 20/ALCOAST 084/20
C. COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC 061754 MAR 20/ALCOAST 074/20
1. This ALCOAST provides Coast Guard (CG) Reservists and their commands guidance for Inactive Duty for Training (IDT) and Active Duty for Training - Annual Training (ADT-AT); these duty types are considered mission essential as the purpose is to provide individual mobilization and unit readiness training to support contingencies.
2. Reservists not on active duty, (e.g. Selected Reserve (SELRES) and Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)) are required to perform duty in accordance with orders issued by cognizant authority as outlined in REF (A). However, Commands are encouraged to provide maximum flexibility to their Reserve members, while balancing operational readiness with exposure risk to members and the unit given the number of reservists who travel from outside of the reasonable commuting distance to their units. Commands continue to have an obligation to provide written orders for the performance of all types of active duty and inactive duty.
3. Commands in areas experiencing sustained community transmission should consider whether assigned reservists can obtain required training at other units, through alternative means, or should have their training rescheduled for a later date. Should a unit elect to allow members to drill at locations other than their normal drilling unit, they may become eligible for unit funded travel entitlements as described in Chapter 2.F of REF (A).
4. Commands may change, reschedule, or cancel IDT for Reserve members in accordance with Chapter 2.E of REF (A). Excused absences are not counted in meeting a member’s fiscal year IDT drill requirement as outlined in Chapter 4.B of REF (A). Reservists that are absent from a scheduled drill without prior authorization of their supervisor shall continue to have their drill reported as unexcused.
5. Reservists must promptly update their command of any factor that would immediately affect their availability for inactive or active duty as outlined in chapter 4.B.1.h of REF (A). This includes any travel to, or through any country or territory (including transportation hubs), that the CDC has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice. Further, they shall not return to a CG workspace until 14 days have passed since leaving that location. This also includes someone who is subject to self-monitoring due to travel or exposure history.
6. Reservists not on active duty are highly discouraged from traveling to areas within the U.S., including territories, experiencing sustained community transmission. Reservists who travel through sustained transmission areas, are required to travel extensively for their civilian occupations, or who are first responders may be at heightened risk for exposure to COVID-19. These Reserve Component members shall communicate with their commands to determine if participation in regularly scheduled IDT or ADT is advisable.
7. The return from travel requirements and restrictions outlined in REF (B) apply at all times to all Coast Guard members, including reservists returning from personal travel.
8. As the response to COVID-19 progresses and more information is determined, other options may be utilized, such as Commanding Officers exercising the discretion to waive the ADT-AT requirement as outlined in Chapter 4.B.3 of REF (A). A waiver of the ADT-AT requirement does not waive, replace, or count for points required for a qualifying year of service for retirement. ADT-AT waives shall be documented via Administrative Remarks, Form CG-3307, as outlined in the Chapter 4.B.3.b of REF (A).
9. CG members should strictly adhere to overarching guidance provided in REFs (B) and (C). Frequently Asked Questions and best practices are updated daily and found at: https://www.uscg.mil/coronavirus/ and on the CG Portal at: https://cg.portal.uscg.mil/units/cgcpe2/SitePages/Pandemic.aspx.
10. POC: CAPT William F. Csisar, Deputy Assistant Commandant for Reserve (CG-RD), 202-475-5225, Email: William.F.Csisar@uscg.mil.
11. RDML Todd C. Wiemers, Assistant Commandant for Reserve (CG-R), sends.
12. Internet release is authorized.