About 1,000 children of active-duty Coast Guard families could lose their spots at base child development centers (CDCs) under a new Defense Department policy effective June 1, the Coast Guard commandant told Congress on Tuesday.
The DoD announced Monday its plans to give active-duty families priority spots for base CDCs and create three main priority levels with subcategories.
“We were caught up in that,” Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz told lawmakers in a House Committee on Appropriations hearing Tuesday. “We went to pretty much the lowest rung on that. I’m not sure if that was an unintended consequence or not, so I intend to have some high-level discussions with my DoD peers to find out what was the real intention there.”