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My Coast Guard
Commentary | Dec. 17, 2020

January enlisted advancements

By MyCG Staff

Congratulations to the following members who may be advanced to the rating/paygrade indicated, effective January 1, 2021 provided the requirements of Refs 
A through C are met:

AETCS    Jacob Sanders             
BMCM     Justin Irwin              

BM1      Kevin Burdt               
BM1      Joseph Slape              
BM1      Ryan Etelamaki            
BM1      Benjamin Lind             
BM1      Brandon Oneill            
BM1      Ryan Pros                 
BM1      Aaron Green               
BM1      Phillip Carro             
BM1      Paul Delamerens           
BM1      Jeremy Shaw               
BM1      Cory Wisecup              
BM1      Meghan Cahoon                      
BM1      Kevin Hallenbeck          
BM1      Gaaron Blanchard          
BM1      Jonah Bryan               
BM1      Robert Montgomery         
BM1      Phillip Caswell           
BM1      Alexander Franzese        
BM1      Benjamin Anderson         
BM1      Erik Dahl                 
BM1      Michael Mattei            
BM1      Spencer Newbaker          
BM1      Steven Swendsen           
BM1      David Pena                
BM1      Trevor Turner             
BM1      Kenneth Ford              
BM1      Jonathan Javier           
BM1      Daniel Stricklin          
BM1      Daniel Sarzynski          
BM1      Christopher Stewart       
BM1      Trevor Tyler              
BM1      Thomas Madden             
BM1      Alexi Howland             

BM2      Cherokey Holdeman         
BM2      Donovan Pittenger         
BM2      Jesse Adams               
BM2      Robert Flores             
BM2      Steven Distefano          
BM2      Derek Seligman            
BM2      Jeffrey Watson            
BM2      Christopher Strein        
BM2      Aaron Dixon               
BM2      Rachel Kiko               
BM2      Dylon O'Donnell           
BM2      Dakota Jones              
BM2      Andrew Knox               
BM2      Crystal Phipps            
BM2      Taylor Topliffe           
BM2      Joseph Penny              
BM2      Shane Holmes              
BM2      Merritt Carter            
BM2      Colby Bobbitt             
BM2      Rolando Limia             
BM2      Vincent Goduto            
BM2      Dominick Cannon           
BM2      Austin Sommer             
BM2      Jacob Fenner              
BM2      Wyatt Davis               
BM2      Brandon Ashworth          
BM2      Dawson Reiman             
BM2      Alec Marable              
BM2      Cameron Pouska            
BM2      Patrick Edge              
BM2      Stephen Reiss             

CSC      Carl Delacruz             

HS1      Christopher Martin        
HS1      Christopher Edington      

HS2      Rosemary Meyer            
HS2      Kyle Neal                 
HS2      Abigayle Jacquez          

MEC      Kristofor Heilman         
MEC      Jesse Brouillette         

ME2      Cristian Villanueva-Herna 
ME2      Austin Ladner             
ME2      Joel Swanson              
ME2      Michael Gaines            
ME2      William Fay               
ME2      Matthew David             

MST2     Robert Miller             
MST2     Crystina Cruz             

OS2      Elijah Blue               

YN1      Devin Fox                 
YN1      Darrian Duffy             
YN1      Courtney Degroot          

The Commanding Officer's recommendation for advancement (Ready) must be maintained for the period from recommendation to advancement.  In addition, E-7, E-8, and E-9 candidates must not have an unsatisfactory conduct mark on an enlisted evaluation for 24 months prior to the terminal eligibility date.  Personnel failing to maintain the CO's recommendation (Ready) for this period shall be invalidated from the Servicewide Exam (SWE) in which they participated. Personnel who have been invalidated must be recommended and qualify again through a new SWE competition.

Commanding Officers shall determine if advancement eligibility requirements for the authorized grade have been met. Per Ref B, specific changes and instructions for EPQs and RPQs are now captured in a semi-annual memo approved by FORCECOM Training Division at If appropriate, a CO shall withhold or cancel the advancement of ineligible personnel per Article 3.A.20, 3.A.26.f or 4.D.3 of Ref A. When advancement is to be withheld or cancelled, the CO shall advise PPC (ADV) by e-mail via AOIX at CMD-SMB-CG-PPC with CG PSC as information addressee at CMD-SMB-CG-PSC. Please note C2OIX does not transfer to AOIX. See CG PSC-EPM Portal site for additional guidance. 

Per Ref D, the requirement for all E-6 members to attend the Chief Petty Officer Academy (CPOACAD) prior to advancement to Chief Petty Officer is temporarily suspended. Members must attend CPOACAD prior to advancement to Senior Chief Petty Officer. Members must have successfully completed the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course (SELC) prior to advancement to Master Chief Petty Officer. COMDT (CG-128) is the Program Manager for the enlisted leadership continuum and the single point of contact for all requests for CPOACAD and SELC waivers from advancement policy.

Per Article 3.A.10 of Ref A, personnel in certain ratings must meet security clearance requirements for advancement.
Commanding Officers shall ensure personnel advancing to pay grades E-7 thru E-9 obligate required service prior to advancement per Article 3.A.20.d of Ref A. 

The rank order number for each individual identified for advancement in the EPAA is no longer indicated. The original rank order number may be found at the Pay and Personnel Center CG Portal site but is subject to change. This EPAA, to include unit designations, will be available on PPC's CG Portal site.
Upon approved advancement, members are authorized to change their RANK as it appears in the Global Address List (GAL) from the Self Service portal at This can be done as a standard user without requiring admin-privileges, does not require a call to CGFIXIT, and does not require a CGFIXIT Ticket. See this self-help tech-tip for more information.