Boat Forces Reserve: Support for contingency operations

This is the fifth post in a seven-part series on the implementation of the Boat Forces Reserve management plan. While this post provides information on developing support elements for contingency operations, future posts will address: an updated Reserve Readiness Cycle as well as specific information to assist senior enlisted reserve advisors and reserve training petty officers through the transition process. 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 will include shifting governance of to be determined number of reserve billets – primarily machinery technicians – to the Coast Guard’s mission support directorate. These billets will be used to provide personnel to develop and deploy support elements for contingency operations.

Why the change?
Operational elements, such as the boat crews that surge to meet our capability requirement, require dedicated support elements to ensure boats, facilities and personnel are capable of sustaining a prolonged contingency response. Proposed changes to boat station force laydown will not provide the same opportunities for reserve machinery technicians to contribute their skills or meet advancements requirements as they did in the past. Shifting a portion of the Boat Forces Reserve machinery technician rate to the mission support enterprise puts those members firmly back into their world of work, ensures access to training and professional development opportunities and fills a crucial contingency response gap.

What’s the plan?
Similar to the force laydown and composition component of the Boat Forces Reserve management plan, specific billets will be identified for reprogramming. The Office of Boat Forces will work with the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support through the semi-annual reprogramming review process to shift billets to locations better prepared to meet contingency response support requirements and provide ample professional development opportunities to reserve machinery technicians.

How will I be affected?
Boat Forces Contingency Support matrix (1 of 4)
Boat Forces Contingency Support matrix (2 of 4)
Boat Forces Contingency Support matrix (3 of 4)

Boat Forces Contingency Support matrix (4 of 4)

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 project 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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