SEP 1 1999
a. The Coast Guard will consider requests to participate in the Active Duty Direct Petty
Officer Program to fill vacancies if the applicant possesses technical proficiency in a
field that translates into skills required in a targeted rating or when other Service needs
exists. Applicants must be available for worldwide assignment, including sea and
isolated duty, based on Service needs.
b. Members who enter the Coast Guard through this program maintain the same eligibility
and are subject to the same policies on reenlistment, changes in rate, obligated service,
High Year Tenure (HYT), advancement, etc. as regularly accessed active duty
c. Personnel who enlist under this program are eligible to participate in the Active Duty
Enlistment Bonus (reference (a)) or College Fund (reference (b)) Programs. The first
Enlistment Bonus installment will be paid on entering the Coast Guard and the second
after six months' satisfactory service in the designated rating.
a. Recruiting Offices will generate an Active Duty Direct Petty Officer Rate
Determination Package. The Package includes the applicant's resume (list of work
experience) and certified-copies of any professional certifications, transcripts, degrees,
and/or licenses earned.
b. The Coast Guard Recruiting Center (CGPC-CGRC) will forward the Active Duty
Direct Petty Officer Rate Determination Package with a recommendation to the Coast
Guard Personnel Command (CGPC-epm-1).
c. The Coast Guard Personnel Command (CGPC-epm-1) will send the request to CGPC-
epm-2 and the appropriate Force Manager for recommendations.
d. The Coast Guard Personnel Command (CGPC-epm) is the final approving authority for
Active Duty Direct Petty Officer Program requests.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA. To qualify for the Active Duty Direct Petty Officer Program
a. Meet reference (c) standard enlistment qualification criteria.
b. Have graduated from an accredited trade or vocational school, received industry-
standard certification in their field, or otherwise completed an apprentice-level program
the appropriate Force Managers deem equivalent to the appropriate Coast Guard Class
"A" school training or striker program.