Participation needed, Revisions coming to EPME requirements

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Master Chief Keith Alholm, Chief Rating Knowledge Manager from Training and Mission Support, Training Division, U.S. Coast Guard Force Readiness Command.

Petty Officer 1st Class Christy Herms, a lead instructor at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May from Houston, instructs recruits. (Coast Guard photo)

Petty Officer 1st Class Christy Herms, a lead instructor at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May from Houston, instructs recruits. (Coast Guard photo 2012)


The Coast Guard is revising the Enlisted Professional Military Education requirements for advancement within the service.

The yearlong effort will transform the EPME requirements from a knowledge-centric system into a performance-based system. The revision will be similar to how rating training requirements have been evolving under the Enlisted Ratings Advancement Training System.

A critical step in the process is to survey every active and reserve enlisted person in the Coast Guard. The survey begins on Oct. 10, and will be emailed to all enlisted members of the Coast Guard. Be sure to check your email inbox or junk mail in the coming days. The data culled will then be analyzed for use during development of new requirements. The new requirements will be used to form new service wide examination questions, advancement qualification exam questions, and updating and improving the enlisted leadership continuum courses: ALP, LAMS, CPOA, and SELC, as well as updating current policy. The survey affords every enlisted member the opportunity to provide their individual input into their advancement system and ultimately their leadership development.

Participation in the survey is voluntary, but highly encouraged. Personnel will have eight weeks to complete the survey. It will only be accessible from within the Coast Guard Data Network, but Reserve personnel who complete the survey will also be awarded points towards retirement.

“As the principal ones impacted by any change to the EPME system, polling our current enlisted workforce is an absolutely critical step in improving the process,” said Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell. “I look forward to seeing the results of the survey and the direction those results take us.”

The survey contains more than 300 questions, but many participants will see far fewer questions as the survey is adaptive based on how the participant answers the questions. For the average participant, the survey will take about an hour to complete. But participants will be able to save their progress and return to the survey if they can’t complete it in one session. Questions on the survey were selected based on the need to identify how many people perform those job tasks.

Considering how many components of our enlisted training and advancement systems could reasonably be affected by this data – from test questions to performance qualifications to content of our leadership courses – it’s easy to see why serious consideration, as well as maximum participation, in this survey is so important.

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