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My Coast Guard
Commentary | April 3, 2023

Help Wanted: Volunteers to plan tomorrow's Coast Guard

By Kyle Ford, MyCG and AJ Pulkkinen, MyCG

Members want greater control over their careers. They want systems that make it easier to do their jobs, and services they can access quickly.  

Good news! There’s a team working on that. 

The Talent Management Transformation Task Force (TMX Task Force), announced during the 2023 State of the Coast Guard Address, will recommend methods to transform the Coast Guard’s personnel readiness structure. Over the next six months, the task force will develop a roadmap for change, highlighting areas in which the Coast Guard can better serve its members both in the short- and long-term. 

“With the help of contributors from across the Coast Guard, we are building a transformation roadmap that leads to an agile, integrated personnel readiness enterprise and the future described in Ready Workforce 2030,” said Rear Admiral Brian Penoyer, who is directing the TMX Task Force. 

How you can contribute

The TMX-TF is looking for sprint volunteers and sprint contributors to help develop innovative solutions to the Coast Guard’s most pressing talent management issues. Each of the six lines of effort below is focused on a series of four-week sprints. Volunteers will invest up to 50 percent of their time per sprint working with the TMX-TF to develop recommendations and products. Contributors will invest up to four hours per sprint by submitting ideas, being interviewed, and providing background data. Interested? Sign up here and be a part of the Talent Management Transformation. 

What is the TMX Task Force? 

Talent management transformation aims to improve personnel readiness at the individual, team, unit, and service level by modernizing our recruiting, hiring, accession, talent management, training, education, and support services. The task force has established six lines of effort: 

  • Recruiting, Hiring, and Accessions/Onboarding: To deliver the force the Coast Guard needs today and the agility to be ready for tomorrow 
  • Training, Education, and Experiential Learning: To provide the tailored, agile development our force needs at the point of performance 
  • Talent Management (promotions, assignments, transitions): To align the talents of individuals in our total workforce with the needs of the service to maximize the performance of both 
  • World-Class Support: To enhance employee, family, team, and unit resilience 
  • Data & Analytics: To provide powerful insights about the talents and strengths of our total workforce and inform both institutional and individual personnel decisions 
  • Force Design & Integration: To create a coherent talent management system from the work of the other five teams and craft the transformation roadmap 

The TMX-TF is working throughout the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support (DCMS), Deputy of Personnel Readiness (DCMS-DPR), while collaborating with other offices across the Coast Guard to ensure an integrated transformation roadmap. DCMS-DPR consists of the Assistant Commandant for Human Resources, Force Readiness Command, and the Coast Guard Academy. The TMX-TF is looking to establish clear and common-sense processes to simplify where you get what you need, where you need it, and when you need it.  

The scope of the TMX-TF is broad – looking at modernizing the entire personnel readiness enterprise. As Rear Admiral Penoyer said, “seven decades after its creation, the Coast Guard personnel system is overdue for a fundamental redesign. Our approach to personnel and talent management is no longer suited to today’s needs and is incompatible with the Coast Guard Strategy and Ready Workforce 2030.” 

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