(a) The President shall prescribe the authorized strength of the Coast Guard Reserve
if not otherwise prescribed by law.
(b) Subject to the authorized strength of the Coast Guard Reserve, the Secretary shall
determine, at least annually, the authorized strength in numbers in each grade necessary
to provide for mobilization requirements. Without the consent of the member concerned, a member of the Reserve may not be reduced
in grade because of the Secretary's determination.
(c) The Secretary may vary the authorized end strength of the Coast Guard Selected Reserves
for a fiscal year by a number equal to not more than 3 percent of such end strength
upon a determination by the Secretary that varying such authorized end strength is
in the national interest.
(d) The Commandant may increase the authorized end strength of the Coast Guard Selected
Reserves by a number equal to not more than 2 percent of such authorized end strength
upon a determination by the Commandant that such increase would enhance manning and
readiness in essential units or in critical specialties or ratings.
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