Boat Forces Reserve: New capability requirements

This is the second post in a seven-part series on the implementation of the Boat Forces Reserve management plan. While this post provides information on new Boat Forces Reserve capability requirements, future posts will address: force laydown and composition updates, new competencies, the creation of contingency maintenance support elements, and an updated Reserve Readiness Cycle. Project team members will be available to respond to comments left below or you can email them your questions at

Boat Force Reserve logo. U.S. Coast Guard illustration.

Written by Lt. David Ruhlig, Office of Boat Forces.

The Office of Boat Forces, in close coordination with the Office of Reserve Affairs, is implementing a new Boat Forces Reserve management project to support mobilization readiness for Boat Forces reservists. The plan lays out clearly defined readiness requirements, standardizes reserve PALs at stations and introduces new Boat Forces Reserve competencies to ensure reservists are ready and capable to effectively conduct boat operations in support of Coast Guard missions.

Part of that process is ensuring we have a clearly defined goal to surge in support of Coast Guard missions. Until recently, no such requirement existed. The Office of Boat Forces will require the Boat Forces Reserve to be capable of operating six boats, around the clock, sustainable indefinitely within 10 days of a recall.

Why the change?
For too long, our reservists have been asked to work hard to be ready without a clear target to work towards. The new capability requirement creates a goal Boat Forces Reserve elements can train and sustain for. It ensures everyone knows what it means to be “ready” and helps the Office of Boat Forces support you in achieving that goal.

What’s the plan?
The Office of Boat Forces established the six-boat requirement in February. We continue to work through the deliberate planning process to determine specific contingency response requirements but believe this baseline requirement best positions Boat Forces Reserve to better manage training and sustainability cycles. It also gives us a means of tracking progress towards the readiness goal so we know when and where to provide additional support. We will closely monitor future contingency responses and mobilization exercises to see if the standard is being met and, if not, what we can do to help you be ready.

How will I be affected?

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The charts above can be downloaded and printed for your records, training, etc. Each post in this series will be accompanied by a similar set of tables to assist you in adopting and adapting to the new Boat Forces Reserve management project.

We believe the Boat Forces Reserve management plan will fundamentally transform the operational readiness of our reserve force by increasing your opportunities to contribute when we need you. A ready reserve force means a better prepared Coast Guard. We know you want to be ready and we’re here to support you. Please stay engaged with your unit as we roll out this new process and feel free to leave your comments or questions below.

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