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    Part-Time Service Could Be the Future of the Coast Guard, Commandant Says

    Part-Time Service Could Be the Future of the Coast Guard, Commandant Says

    A part-time Coastie? The service's top officer has a novel idea for solving the Coast Guard's recruiting woes.

    Commandant Adm. Linda Fagan has instructed her workforce management team to consider creative options such as a part-time active-duty employment track, or lateral entry and revolving door policies, to draw personnel.

    When Fagan took the helm of the Coast Guard last June, she said workforce management was her top goal, noting that the service has not met its recruitment goals since 2018. She created a task to address the issues, as well as assignment and personnel policies.

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    During a forum at the Brookings Institution in , D.C., on Wednesday, she floated the idea of the part-time, active-duty option, in which a service member would go through regular training but would be expected to work less than an around-the-clock commitment.

    “We're not there yet, but right now you're either on active duty, or you're a civilian, or you're a reservist. Might there be room for some other category? I'm [going to] use the term part-time: You've got some level of benefit, but you're working three days a week instead of the 24/7, 365-day contract that comes in,” Fagan said.

    The service fell short of its recruiting goals from 2019 to 2021 an average of 20% each year. Fagan said the service had a shortage of 2,000 people in its enlisted ranks when she took…

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