Between 75 and 80 percent of the Coast Guard’s total active-duty workforce is comprised of enlisted personnel serving in 23 ratings. A great many of these Guardsmen are intent on making a career out of their service in the Coast Guard, and it is the duty of the Rating Force Master Chief  (RFMC) leading each of the nearly two dozen ratings to serve as ad advocate and advisor in all subjects relating to the Servicemembers in that profession.

As members of the Command Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL) Program, the RFMC focuses on any issues that might have an impact on the development of the rating which they represent. An RFMC is the undisputed Subject Matter expert in their rating: only Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9s) are allowed to apply for the position, so they will have spent many years learning the ins-and-outs of the rating from the ground up. They’re tasked with developing rating-specific advancement criteria that reflect the latest in training and technology, and use field visits and direct contact with enlisted personnel to gain a complete perspective on any issues that have ramifications for the rating or the workers serving in it.

Other areas of responsibility for RFMCs include but are not limited to balancing the structure of their rating’s workforce to ensure mission preparedness; staying up-to-date on policies or programs that can affect their rating’s readiness status or the performance of its members; analyze the rating’s training requirements to ensure they provide a robust foundation for career development, workplace efficiency, and achieving mission goals; craft Rating Performance Qualifications; and provide input for the development of effective workforce initiatives.
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