The mandates of the Coast Guard Personnel Manual upon anyone who is found in Article 15 proceedings to have violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) are set in stone. These mandates, which summarily halt advancement and transfer for up to a year, never were intended to have been part of the UCMJ. Nor are they always beneficial to good order and discipline.
Captain's Mast always is a most serious matter. Unfortunately, its gravity has been made worse by follow-on consequences from the Coast Guard Personnel Manual. A sailor who winds up at Mast and is punished is unable to take a service wide exam, effect transfer, or be off to "A" school for up to an entire year. Rather than being a blanket policy, the decision ought to rest with those who are responsible for the training, education, discipline, and development of the offending sailor. The current policy probably costs the service some graduates of Captain's Mast who might otherwise have become true professionals.