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USCG Specific Frequently Asked Questions

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July 6, 2020

Auxiliary FAQs

 H1 (formerly P1) Q: Can I still perform Coast Guard missions, request patrol orders or be assigned to duty? *Updated 7/6/2020*A:  Yes, but the Coast Guard Order Issuing Authority (OIA) and the Auxiliarists involved must properly apply risk management principles prior to requesting, planning or undertaking any assignments that involve potential

June 19, 2020

SWEs/Boards/Advancement FAQs

 D32 (formerly Q1) Q: Why is the Coast Guard canceling the May 2020 Service-wide Examination (SWE)?A: In an effort to remain in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), White House social distancing guidelines, and accommodate those service members who have been or will be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the May 2020 SWE

June 19, 2020

Telework FAQs

 B13 (formerly C2) Q: Can I telework? A: In order to telework, you must be in a telework-eligible position, obtain supervisor’s approval, take telework training, and complete a telework agreement. ALCOAST 166/20 provides additional guidance.DHS is encouraging agencies to maximize their telework capacity. ALCOAST 166/20 helps commands and

June 19, 2020

Travel FAQs

 B1 Q: Can I travel outside the United States? *Updated 06/19/2020*A: The CDC is issuing Travel Health Notices (THNs) for foreign locations affected by COVID-19. CG official travel to foreign locations for which the CDC has issued a Level 3 or Level 2 THN is restricted to only mission essential, time-sensitive work that cannot be handled via

June 19, 2020

Military Leave FAQs

 B11 (formerly D1) Q: What kind of leave is available for medical care of self/dependents? *Updated 06/19/2020*A: Military Personnel on active duty: If you are sick, sick leave or SIQ may be appropriate under the direction of medical health care professional and approved by the member’s command. All other cases would require members to request

June 19, 2020

Face Coverings FAQs

 A25 Q: What type of material should I use for a cloth face covering? *Updated 4/28/2020*A: The CDC recommends using two pieces of cotton, roughly the thickness of an average tee shirt, for making your own DIY cloth face covering. Your old tee shirts can be used for this purpose. Your District Safety and Environmental Health Officer or clinic

June 19, 2020


 A19 Q: I got an alert from CGPAAS, and I’m confused about what to do next. *Updated 6/19/2020*A: The CGPAAS COVID-19 Reporting Tool User Guide is available at If you still need help, email the CGPAAS Help Desk at If you are unable to update your status, your unit CGPAAS Commanding Officer

June 19, 2020

CDC Guidance FAQs

 A1 Q: I may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. What should I do?A: Military Personnel on active duty: (Contact the Military Health System Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-874-2273, option 1. You can also go to MHS Nurse Advice Line, or call your primary care clinic.Reservists not on active duty: see questions A13 and A14Civilians: Call your

June 19, 2020


 G1 Q: I am due to rotate this season, but I heard PCS moves are delayed.A: We are continuing PCS moves. However, this year will require a more flexible approach. We will be taking things step-by-step, and providing additional guidance as we move through the process. The latest PCS guidance is routinely announced via ALCOAST. We ask for your

May 15, 2020

Reserve FAQs

 F1 Q: Do I still need to perform Active Duty for Training (ADT) and Inactive Duty for Training (IDT)?A: Yes. Reservists must still report for ADT and IDT as directed by cognizant authority to maintain mobilization readiness. Failure to report for duty without prior authorization will be viewed as an unexcused absence. Drills marked as “unexcused”