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Commentary | Sept. 24, 2020

Temporary modifications to eligibility requirements for Reserve Good Conduct Medal (RGCM) 

By MyCG Staff

Opportunities for reserve members to schedule drills have been impacted due to the disruptions of the global COVID-19 pandemic. This may result in reserve members being unable to obtain the required 70 retirement points for the Reserve Good Conduct Medal (RGCM) as required in Coast Guard Medals and Awards Manual, COMDTINST M1650.2E. A qualifying year will consist of 50 points rather than the normal 70 points. This modification will be in place from March 1, 2020, until a determined date in the future.

The requirement to apply the standard in place at the beginning of the anniversary year does not apply to this temporary reduction in points. All other provisions of the Coast Guard Medals and Awards Manual, COMDTINST M1650.2E remain in effect.

Reserve members are reminded that during these challenging times other points may be accumulated through electronic based distributed learning (EBDL), funeral honors duty, remote drills, and various other methods. Members should consult their chain of command for specific opportunities.  

If you have questions regarding the RCGM please contact CG PSC-PSD-ma at:


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