A Message from the National Commodore
As most of you are aware, the time it takes to process new member PSI packages at SECCEN has slowed to the point where the backlog of unprocessed packages has doubled over the last 12 months. There are several factors that have contributed to this situation; most are not under Auxiliary control. Let me assure you that the Commandant is fully aware of this issue and the problems it is causing for the Auxiliary. He remains fully engaged, and has directed his staff to facilitate solutions. I would like to take this opportunity to brief you on the steps being taken to improve the situation.
Augmentation at SECCEN by Auxiliarists – A small group of volunteers is now engaged in the pre-screening process.
Overtime has been authorized for SECCEN staff, allowing them to work more hours to clear up the backlog.
Serious out-of-the-box thinking is taking place at senior levels to look at the process as it applies to OS level packages.
In a message to the district commodores last month, I offered a few suggestions in an attempt to alleviate the effects of this issue. I will repeat these now.
Members should become conversant with the provisions in AUXMAN Chapter 3.2.D, which in part deals with activities and interim certifications available to members in AP status. There is a lack of awareness in the field of certain provisions of this section of the AUXMAN. ANACO-CC has worked diligently with CG-BSX to develop a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in order to clarify this issue. These FAQs are available here: http://hdept.cgaux.org/pdf/AP-FAQ.PDF.
An analysis of member attrition clearly shows that members in their first two years are the most vulnerable. Many of these members are those in AP status. We have a better chance to retain these members if we provide them the tools they need to be productive Auxiliarists. Although not mandatory, the Basic Qualification Course and PQS is a great tool to provide mentoring for these new members. Details can be found at http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=T-DEPT&category=basic-qualification. Please consider using this tool.
This situation will not be fixed overnight but we are moving in the right direction. I am counting on each of you to provide leadership for our AP members as we continue to work through this issue. Thank you for your assistance.
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary