Charting Your Course in the USCG Auxiliary

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This presentation has been uploaded for use on Andrew Welch's blog. The purpose of this course is to facilitate an in-depth discussion of items useful to new and seasoned United States Coast Guard Auxiliarists. It draws on extensive resources freely available from the USCG and USCG Auxiliary. It was originally developed by Flotilla 054-25-12 for use with that unit’s new members, but may be freely used by individual units wishing to provide such training.

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  • March 15, 2010 Charting your Course in the Auxiliary United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • United States Coast Guard Auxiliary March 15, 2010 Charting your Course in the Auxiliary
  • United States Coast Guard Auxiliary March 15, 2010 Charting your Course in the Auxiliary
  • United States Coast Guard Auxiliary March 15, 2010 Charting your Course in the Auxiliary
  • Charting Your Course in the USCG Auxiliary

    1. 1. Basic Introduction to the Coast Guard An overview presentation on Charting your Course
    2. 2. Basic Introduction to the Coast Guard (BIC) <ul><li>The purpose of this course is to facilitate an in-depth discussion of items useful to new and seasoned Auxiliarists. It draws on extensive resources freely available from the USCG and USCG Auxiliary. It was originally developed by Flotilla 054-25-12 for use with that unit’s new members, but may be freely used by individual units wishing to provide such training. </li></ul><ul><li>Course Components: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NASBLA-approved “Safe Boating Course” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Basic Qualification” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ICS-100 online course/exam </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Offered by FEMA </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Character in Action by ADM James Loy (Ret.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Read and discuss </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do this with a coach/mentor </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom lectures and discussions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrate knowledge mastery with signoffs </li></ul></ul></ul>March 15, 2010 Charting your Course in the USCG Auxiliary
    3. 3. Core Values at the Core of of our Service <ul><li>Honor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Integrity is our standard. We demonstrate uncompromising ethical conduct and moral behavior in all of our actions. We are loyal and accountable to the public trust.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Respect </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ We value our diverse workforce. We treat each other with fairness, dignity, and compassion. We encourage creativity through empowerment. We work as a team.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Devotion to Duty </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ We are professionals, military and civilian, who seek responsibility, accept accountability, and are committed to the successful achievement or our organizational goals. We exist to serve. We serve with pride.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Honor is to serve yourself; Respect is to serve others; Devotion to Duty is to serve your country. </li></ul>March 15, 2010 Charting your Course in the USCG Auxiliary
    4. 4. The Guardian Ethos I am America’s Maritime Guardian. I serve the citizens of the United States. I will protect them. I will defend them. I will save them. I am their Shield. For them I am Semper Paratus. I live the Coast Guard Core Values. I am a Guardian. We are the United States Coast Guard. March 15, 2010 Charting your Course in the USCG Auxiliary
    5. 5. Getting Started in the USCG Auxiliary March 15, 2010 Charting your Course in the USCG Auxiliary Area of Interest Consider Getting Started with… Aviation <ul><li>Air Operations Training </li></ul>Boat Operations <ul><li>AUXOP Courses </li></ul><ul><li>Boat Crew Qualification </li></ul>Marine Safety and Environmental Protection <ul><li>IMSEP </li></ul><ul><li>Good Mate </li></ul>Organizational Leadership <ul><li>Administrative Procedures Course </li></ul><ul><li>Instructor Development Course </li></ul>Outreach to the Public <ul><li>Instructor Development Course </li></ul><ul><li>Vessel Examiner Qualification </li></ul>This is not an all inclusive list, and there is no requirement that Auxiliarists work only within one area. This table is intended only as a guide to assist new members as they begin their training following completion of this Basic Introduction to the Coast Guard course. The optional “Member Involvement Plan” is available from the Human Resources Department at http://hdept.cgaux.org/pdf/MemInvol-02-18.pdf .
    6. 6. Performance Qualification Standard <ul><li>Much of your operational training will be measured by a “Performance Qualification Standard” (PQS). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A PQS is organized similarly to the training workbook for this Basic Introduction to the Coast Guard course. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The PQS for each qualification is different, but each PQS generally includes: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A series of components that may include completion of additional outside training; and </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A series of tasks, many of which are intended to be completed “on the job,” that must be performed in front of and signed off by a mentor. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Competency might sometimes also be measured by a written (or online) examination, an interview with a qualification board, or by some other method. </li></ul></ul>March 15, 2010 Charting your Course in the USCG Auxiliary
    7. 7. Sample: Performance Qualification Standard March 15, 2010 Charting your Course in the USCG Auxiliary
    8. 8. WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS; WHERE WILL YOU START? <ul><li>Aviation </li></ul><ul><li>Boat Operations </li></ul><ul><li>Marine Safety and Environmental Protection </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach to the Public </li></ul><ul><li>Something else? </li></ul>March 15, 2010 Charting your Course in the USCG Auxiliary
    9. 9. Developing USCG Auxiliary Leaders <ul><li>The Coast Guard, and the Auxiliary, place a premium on leadership skills, providing a number of leadership development resources (list below not all-inclusive). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Training and education throughout your time in the Auxiliary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>AUXLAMS (Auxiliary Leadership and Management School) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Available to Auxiliarists wishing to further develop their skills </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>AMLOC (Auxiliary Mid-Level Officer Course) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USCG Leadership Development Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>LAMS (Leadership and Management School) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Similar to AUXLAMS, and also available to Auxiliarists </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.uscg.mil/leadership/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing skills on your own or with your mentors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership Development Framework </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Individual Development Plan </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>USCG Reading List, http://www.uscg.mil/leadership/reading/ </li></ul></ul></ul>March 15, 2010 Charting your Course in the USCG Auxiliary
    10. 10. Leadership Development Framework <ul><li>The Commandant has established a single, uniform leadership development framework for the entire Coast Guard (COMDTINST 5351.3). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Leadership Development Framework provides: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Twenty-eight Leadership Competencies across a variety of areas; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Five responsibility levels that apply to all employees (worker, first-line supervisor, mid-level manager, senior manager, and executive); </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Expertise and performance anticipated at each level. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A variety of ways to gain and demonstrate the anticipated expertise (training, voluntary education, other development opportunities). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Framework can be used as a guide as you develop your leadership skills and experience within the Auxiliary, particularly as you consider serving in positions of increasingly more responsibility. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Available online from the LDC at: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.uscg.mil/leadership/resources/framework.asp . </li></ul></ul></ul>March 15, 2010 Charting your Course in the USCG Auxiliary
    11. 11. Twenty-Eight Leadership Competencies March 15, 2010 Charting your Course in the USCG Auxiliary Leading Self Leading Others Leading Performance and Change Leading the Coast Guard Accountability and Responsibility Effective Communications Conflict Management Financial Management Aligning Values Team Building Customer Focus Technology Management Followership Influencing Others Decision Making & Problem Solving Human Resource Management Health & Well-Being Mentoring Management & Process Improvement External Awareness Self Awareness & Learning Respect for Others & Diversity Management Vision Development & Implementation Political Savvy Personal Conduct Taking Care of People Creativity & Innovation Partnering Technical Proficiency Entrepreneurship Stewardship Strategic Thinking
    12. 12. Responsibility Levels March 15, 2010 Charting your Course in the USCG Auxiliary Performance Level Attendant Responsibilities Auxiliary Executive The highest level policy and decision makers within the USCG. COMO Senior Manager Officials with programmatic or command responsibilities including overall supervision of an organization or unit. DC, DCOS, DCAPT, DSO Mid-Level Manager Managers of first-line supervisors, such as department heads, executive officers, executive petty officers, or division chiefs. DVC, DCDR, VCDR, SO First-Line Supervisor Supervision of others with responsibility for the accomplishment of specific tasks. FC, VFC, FSO Worker No significant supervisory duties. Member The full table is provided in the Leadership Development Framework; responsibility levels for Enlisted, Officers, and Civilian Employees are also provided alongside the levels for Auxiliarists shown here in column three.
    13. 13. Sample: Accountability & Responsibility March 15, 2010 Charting your Course in the USCG Auxiliary Level Anticipated Level of Expertise Executive Develops and establishes Coast Guard policies and regulations governing the accountability and responsibility of subordinate leaders and provides appropriate formal tools to allow subordinate leaders to hold others accountable as the situation warrants. Accountable for the performance of the Coast Guard. Senior Manager Implements Coast Guard policies and regulations and ensures compliance by subordinate activities/sections/departments. Evaluates the performance of subordinate managers and uses formal Manager tools to reward and correct performance. Accountable for the overall performance of the command or program. Holds subordinates accountable for demonstrating anticipated level of expertise. Mid-Level Manager Applies Coast Guard policies and regulations and solves performance/compliance issues within activity, section, or department. Makes recommendations to senior managers concerning rewards and corrective Manager actions. Accountable for the overall performance of the activity, section, or department. First-Line Supervisor Supervises the job activities and performance of others to ensure compliance with Coast Guard policies and regulations. Solves individual and team performance problems. Refers individuals for rewards and Supervisor corrective action as warranted. Accountable for the overall performance of those being supervised. Worker Recognizes the impact of personal behavior and job performance on co workers and the Coast Guard. Complies with Coast Guard policies and regulations and accepts responsibility for personal performance and the performance of the work group. A similar matrix is provided for each of the 28 leadership competencies.
    14. 14. Individual Development Plan (IDP) <ul><li>The Coast Guard is fully committed to the personal and professional growth of all of our people, whether civilian, military or volunteer. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IDPs are mandatory for first-term enlisted members and junior officers; optional, but highly encouraged, for Auxiliarists. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>COMDTINST 5357.1A, http://www.uscg.mil/LEADERSHIP/idp/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Coast Guard designed this program and the IDP forms to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Aid in the effective integration of new personnel into our Service; enhance job skills; reinforce expectations; and promote focused communications on career and personal development. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The IDP is a personally tailored action plan that the supervisor and individual use to identify short and long-term personal and career goals. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It may chart job-specific skills, or competencies that support the individual’s professional, education, or career aspirations. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>IDP is not a performance evaluation or a contract for training. </li></ul></ul></ul>March 15, 2010 Charting your Course in the USCG Auxiliary
    15. 15. Working Together on your IDP <ul><li>Commanders, Supervisors, Individuals are responsible. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The commanding officer or unit leader should: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Establish new member IDP process; encourage others to use IDPs; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Afford time for training and developmental opportunities listed in crewmembers’ IDPs, then follow-up with new related opportunities. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The supervisor should: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Guide participants through your familiarity with the IDP process; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Act as a coach and mentor to help individuals reflect on their potential, set goals and explore career options and integrate in IDP. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The individual should: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be concerned about planning your time in the Auxiliary, thinking about what you need to learn and what you want to do next; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research ways to meet your aspirations and enhance performance; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Draft the IDP with input from your supervisor and mentors; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>After finalizing the IDP, begin working on the agreed-to activities; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Revisit and review your IDP on a regular basis (minimum bi-yearly). </li></ul></ul></ul>March 15, 2010 Charting your Course in the USCG Auxiliary
    16. 16. Individual Development Plan, Page 1 March 15, 2010 Charting your Course in the USCG Auxiliary
    17. 17. Individual Development Plan, Page 2 March 15, 2010 Charting your Course in the USCG Auxiliary
    18. 18. Individual Development Plan, Page 3 March 15, 2010 Charting your Course in the USCG Auxiliary
    19. 19. CORE VALUES AND YOUR FUTURE IN THE AUXILIARY <ul><li>How might you align the Coast Guard Core Values with your future service in the USCG Auxiliary? How will you support your shipmates in doing the same? </li></ul>March 15, 2010 Charting your Course in the USCG Auxiliary
    20. 20. Helpful Resources <ul><ul><li>Auxiliary Manual (AUXMAN), COMDTINST </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.uscg.mil/directives/cim/16000-16999/CIM_16790_1F.pdf </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USCG Leadership Development Framework </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.uscg.mil/leadership/resources/framework.asp . </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USCG Individual Development Plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.uscg.mil/LEADERSHIP/idp/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Auxiliary Member Involvement Plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://hdept.cgaux.org/pdf/MemInvol-02-18.pdf </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Human Resources Department, http://hdept.cgaux.org/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Training Department, www.auxtdept.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic Introduction to the Coast Guard (BIC) – this course! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>An in-depth introduction to the USCG Auxiliary developed by Andrew Welch and Emily Johnson, Flotilla 054-25-12 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Remember, your shipmates in the Coast Guard Family are your most important resources. </li></ul>March 15, 2010 Charting your Course in the USCG Auxiliary

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