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My Coast Guard
Commentary | May 11, 2022

Here’s your chance to grow the Coast Guard’s workforce

By Chief Warrant Officer 4 Allyson E.T. Conroy

The Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Karl L. Schultz, is calling on every member – military and civilian – to help grow the service’s workforce. The Coast Guard has taken three initiatives to support this call.

  1. Implementing the Coast Guard Recruiting Incident Management Team
  2. Continuing and enhancing the service’s “Everyone is a Recruiter” program 
  3. Announcing the “Coast Guard Recruiting Liaison” program

Coast Guard Recruiting Incident Management Team
The Coast Guard Personnel Service Center is expected to stand up an incident management team (IMT) to lead recruiting surge efforts through the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30. The IMT (CG Recruiting IMT) will physically be located at Coast Guard headquarters supporting the Coast Guard Recruiting Command (CGRC) with a primary goal of helping to increase recruiting through the entire service. If you are interested and have the "PERJF" Recruiter competency, you can expect to hear from the CG Recruiting IMT requesting your assistance.

If you are currently in the Coast Guard Reserve and are interested in serving on active duty at Coast Guard headquarters on the CG Recruiting IMT, you can find additional information on the Coast Guard Reserve website.

Everyone is a Recruiter 

The service initially announced the “Everyone is a Recruiter” initiative in Aug. 2020, in response to the pandemic. The program called for all military members, civilians, auxiliarists, and retirees to help recruit new active duty and reserve members. The service is continuing this program, adding a $500 monetary incentive for qualifying enlisted referrals from Coast Guard active duty, reserve, and civilian employees. 

If you know someone who is interested in joining the Coast Guard, either active duty or the reserve component if you refer them and they enlist, you could receive $500. To be eligible to receive the monetary incentive, the person you refer must not have previously served in the armed forces. 

Coast Guard Recruiting Liaison Program

The unit member who fills this role will act as a conduit between their command and the local Coast Guard Recruiting Office. The goal is to reach prospective recruits in their community by showcasing their Unit’s mission, members, and assets.

All O-6 shore commands with more than 100 members will designate Recruiting Liaisons (one O-3/O-4 & one E-7/E-8/E-9) to coordinate with their local Recruiting Offices to support recruiting events. Liaisons will invite recruiters to brief at all hands, unit open houses, and gatherings to educate members on the Everyone is a Recruiter Program and its incentives.

The Recruiter in Charge of the local Recruiting Office will serve as the main point of contact for designated Recruiting Liaisons. Coast Guard Recruiting Command will provide necessary resources to conduct effective outreach, including supplying promotional giveaways and other recruiting tools through the nearest Recruiting Office. Coast Guard Recruiting Command will maintain regular communication with all Recruiting Liaisons with relevant policy updates through their Recruiting Office, as needed.

This will be an “All hands on deck” approach to recruit, train, and sustain the talent needed for the future of our service. 

In the News:
USCG Launches Everyone is a Recruiter incentive program

Everyone is a Recruiter Incentive Program User Guide, PSCINST 1120.1