(8) Counseling separating members on National Guard and Reserve Opportunities. A
separating member has the opportunity to become a member of the Coast Guard
Reserve. Separating members can apply for an existing or a projected vacancy for a
Selected Reserve (SELRES) billet at an active duty command near their residence
after separation. The District Commander to whom the member applies advises the
member of current vacancies. SELRES members participate in 48 IDT drills (usually
4 per month) and a two week ADT period each year. An IVS member who applies to
affiliate with the Coast Guard SELRES within one year of separation has preference
over other equally qualified applicants for existing or projected vacancies there.
Affiliation depends on availability of a SELRES pay assignment requiring the
member's skill. Reservists receive several benefits in addition to SELES pay.
Reservists earn retirement points and advancement opportunities and continue to
receive benefits (e.g., commissary and exchange privileges). To affiliate with the
Coast Guard Reserve, the member fills out the Coast Guard Reserve Assignment
Request and Orders (CG-5525) and the command sends the form to the district where
the member will reside after separation. (See PERSMAN, COMDTINST M1000.6A
(9) Disabled veterans' benefits, including the Disabled Transition Assistance Program
and DVA compensation and rehabilitation benefits. 10 U.S C. 1218 prohibits
releasing a member from active duty because of a physical disability until the member
claims compensation from the Veterans Administration, refuses to make such a claim,
or acknowledges in writing [who] has explained the right to make such a claim.
(10) State and territory of residence veterans' assistance programs. Many states and
territories offer unique financial help and programs. Encourage separating members to
seek out and use this assistance to ease their transition to civilian life.