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Commentary | Oct. 3, 2022

High Year Tenure is suspended until Jan. 1, 2025 

By Annie Sheehan, MyCG Staff Writer  

High Year Tenure (HYT) is suspended until Jan. 1, 2025. HYT is the program the Coast Guard has used as the maximum number of years an enlisted member can sit in their current rank without attaining a promotion. The program, which is used in all six branches of the military, was originally devised so that servicemen and women would actively seek advancement and ensure that units did not stagnate. 
However, these compressed timelines haven’t always been feasible for the modern-day worker. Some people need to stay in their rank for a longer duration of time due to personal, academic, or professional constraints. That is why HYT for active duty members is suspended until Jan. 1, 2025, per the Commandant’s 100 Action Day Plan.  
“The suspension of HYT will provide people will greater career flexibility,” said Capt. Monique Roebuck of the Office of Military Policy (CG-133). “It’ll lift the burden of needing to hit targeted goals that might not be realistic for someone and offer more breathing room.”  
Per the new policy, active duty members — including those serving on a current HYT waiver — will not be considered for separation during this time period. Members serving on an expired HYT waiver with an approved separation authorization for calendar year 2022 should contact CG-PSC-EPM-1 regarding their potential for continued service. And reserve HYT will continue to be reviewed annually with additional information released as applicable. 
“The Military Workforce Planning Team (MWPT) will continue to evaluate the health of the of workforce through 2024,” said Roebuck. “And we’ll continue to consider how to modernize HYT policy to enhance career flexibility while ensuring qualified individuals continue to advance into positions of greater leadership and responsibility.”  
For more information regarding these policy changes, contact  

  • Reference 

Suspension of High Year Tenure (HYT) ALCOAST 368/22