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My Coast Guard
Commentary | Feb. 17, 2021

March Enlisted advancement announcement

By MyCG Staff

The following members may be advanced to the rating/paygrade provided they meet the requirements outlined in the Enlistments, Evaluations, and Advancements Manual, COMDTINST M1000.2 (series), the COMCOGARD FORCECOM Norfolk, Virginia, ACN 012/20, and the Coast Guard Weight and Body Fat Standards Program Manual, COMDTINST M1020.8 (series).

AET2 Brian Stoffel
AET2 Omar Ewert
AET2 Joshua Teeter
AET2 Austin Haskins
AMT2 Angel Lopez
AMT2 Nicholas Blackwell
AMT2 Mark Doerr
AMT2 Matthew Baker
AMT2 Van Page
BM1 Benjamin Gardner
BM1 Eric Thompson
BM1 Andrew Down
BM1 Gerald Dennee
BM1 Garrett Hamilton
BM1 Michael Klop

BM2 Bobby Schuhmacher
BM2 Joshua Andrews
BM2 Aaron Gade
BM2 Joseph Horning
BM2 Justin Hagen
BM2 Samuel Lee
BM2 Evan Borgman
BM2 Jonathan Hills
BM2 Trevor Knebel
BM2 Ashton Jordan
BM2 Shelby Buckman
BM2 Sonya Alcocer
BM2 George Adams
BM2 Maxwell Keas
BM2 Stephen Grobey
BM2 Gary Varga

CSCS David Hoover

ETC Cordell Benner

GM2 Brian Hoglund
GM2 Cody Hutchens

HS2 Michelle Roberts

MK2 Christopher Johnson
MK2 John Fitch
MK2 Gabriel Montoya
MK2 Ari Noah
MK2 Ismael Ponce
MST2 Shawn Keeman
MST2 Joseph Guenther
OS1 Brandon Cramer
OS1 Nicole Edwards
OS1 Michelle Carrington
OS2 Patrick Bianchi
OS2 Mitchell Bend
OS2 Joseph Gali
OS2 Sandrea Johnson
OS2 Shaquille Andaya         

SKCS Justin Hinkle

SK2 Jonathon Bakowski     
SK2 Juan Capo Roure           
SK2 Samuel Beck
SK2 Morgan Schoch

You must have your commanding officer's recommendation for advancement (Ready) 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. Members failing to maintain the CO's recommendation (Ready) for this period shall be invalidated from the Servicewide Exam (SWE) in which they participated. Members who have been invalidated must be recommended and qualify again through a new SWE competition.

Commanding officers will determine if advancement eligibility requirements for the authorized grade have been met. Per the COMCOGARD FORCECOM Norfolk. Virginia, ACN 012/20, specific changes and instructions for EPQs and RPQs are now captured in a semi-annual memo approved by FORCECOM Training Division here. If appropriate, a CO will withhold or cancel the advancement of ineligible personnel per Article 3.A.21, 3.A.27.f or 4.D.3 of the Enlistments, Evaluations, and Advancements Manual, COMDTINST M1000.2 (series). 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 ALCOAST 326/20 the COVID-19: Temporary Suspension of Advancement Requirements for Leadership Courses, 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 the Enlistments, Evaluations, and Advancements Manual, COMDTINST M1000.2 (series), 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.21.c., of the Enlistments, Evaluations, and Advancements Manual, COMDTINST M1000.2 (series) .

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 (PPC) Coast Guard Portal site but is subject to change. This EPAA, to include unit designations, will be available on PPC's 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. 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.

Congratulations to all those advancing!  


  • Enlistments, Evaluations, and Advancements, COMDTINST M1000.2(series) manual
  • COMCOGARD FORCECOM Norfolk. Virginia, ACN 012/20
  • Global Address List (GAL) from the Self Service portal
  • COVID-19: Temporary Suspension of Advancement Requirements for Leadership Courses ALCOAST 326/20