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    34 Years: Coast Guard Raises the Limit on How Long Senior Enlisted Can Serve

    34 Years: Coast Guard Raises the Limit on How Long Senior Enlisted Can Serve

    The Coast Guard is set to allow its top enlisted personnel to stay in the service for up to 34 years, part of a to retain talent and institutional knowledge.

    Speaking Wednesday at the Surface Navy Association's national symposium in Arlington, Virginia, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Heath Jones said the service will allow its master chief petty officers — E-9s — to stay up to 34 years.

    Mandatory retirement at 30 years has been the norm for enlisted personnel across the branches and in the Coast Guard, with a maximum age of service of 62. For officers, time in service and the maximum retirement age is set aside if the member has achieved flag rank and continues to be promoted, although nearly all must retire by age 64.

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    Jones said the allowance will retain talent and accommodate skilled leaders who are dedicated and motivated but aren't gunning to attain his rank and position.

    “Our old system led to every single Coast Guard person that left the academy wanting to be commandant and every single person that left the Training Center May wanting to be master chief petty officer of the Coast Guard,” Jones said. “We need clear paths for those people, if that is their career goal. [But] we need a barrier-free path for the people [who] that's not their job … their ultimate goal is to serve the…

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