U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft has released the organization’s Human Capital Strategy saying that human capital management has not changed appreciably for decades.
“Our legacy ‘jack of all trades’ approach to our mission support and response enterprise is incongruent with the complex missions and systems that we operate and maintain in the 21st century,” he said.
He describes the strategy as an ambitious 10-year course for building a workforce to truly meet the demands of the 21st century. “By focusing on three strategic priorities, meeting mission needs, meeting service needs and meeting people needs, the strategy provides a necessary update and modern framework for the Coast Guard to accomplish our missions, develop leaders and support our people.
“As I’ve shared many times, America’s Coast Guard has never been more relevant on a global scale. Our exceptional reputation is a direct result of the mission execution and mission support our Coast Guard men and women provide every day, and I could not be more proud to lead the 88,000 active duty, reserve, civil servant and auxiliary workforce.
“In order to keep our critically important contract with the workforce, their families and our nation, it is incumbent upon the Coast Guard to build and employ a world-class human capital management system to go with our world-class workforce. The Coast Guard’s Human Capital Strategy is an important element in building America’s 21st Century Coast Guard.”
The Coast Guard workforce consists of active and reserve military members and civil service employees, augmented by volunteers (the Coast Guard Auxiliary), and contractors. They are located in more than 185 locations both within and outside the United States. This multi-sector force includes approximately:
• 6,714 active duty commissioned officers (including Permanent Commissioned Teaching Staff, Band, and Reserve Program Administrators);
• 1,725 active duty warrant officers;
• 32,428 active duty enlisted men and women;
• 7,200 officers and enlisted reservists;
• 8,511 civil service employees;
• 1,360 civilian non-appropriated funds employees;
• 30,057 uniformed volunteer members in the Coast Guard Auxiliary; and
• 4,200 contract personnel with access to Coast Guard facilities and networks.
The full-time Coast Guard workforce of nearly 50,000 personnel is predominately military.
The report is available here.