U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (1/20/2013) – There comes a
time in a sailor's career to decide whether to remain in the Navy or
separate after enlistment. However, before a sailor can make this
decision to reenlist, the Perform to Serve process evaluates his or
her performance in the Navy.
Navy Counselor 1st Class Ryan Mitchell
conducts a Perform to Serve career development board for sailors
aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) on January
18, 2013. Peleliu is the flagship for the Peleliu Amphibious Ready
Group and, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is
deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater
security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of
responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist
3rd Class Valerie M. Grayson)
Per Navy Military Personnel Manual NAVPERS 15560D Article
1440-060, PTS is a long-term force shaping tool that aids in
leveling manning between overmanned and undermanned ratings.
E-6 and below sailors with less than 14 years submit
applications to the program. Additionally, they will receive
a career development board 15 months prior to the end of
active obligated service. The sailor will receive a minimum
of six “looks” or record reviews.
for the sailors to know the PTS process and to understand
the pipeline that they're going through,” said Navy
Counselor 1st Class Ryan Mitchell. “[They need to]
understand their options to give them the maximum capability
of staying in.”
During the approval process, the
Navy looks at the commanding officer's advancement
recommendation, pay grade, and up to the last five
Sailors have four options when
submitting an application: in-rate quota, reenlist in-rate
or convert, convert only, and separate at the end of active
service. In-rate quota allows the sailor to stay in the
current enlisted rating. The next option adds conversion, or
an opportunity to choose from three other rates. The third
option focuses leaving the current rate for another.
“PTS is the only system the Navy currently uses for all
lateral conversions,” added Mitchell.
option, separate at the end of obligated active service, is
documented on the application. A sailor cannot change his or
her mind after final decision occurs, six months prior to
end of contract.
When sailors decide to convert, the
selected rating's enlisted community manager will assist in
the transition to ensure requirements are met, like the
Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery score. The
community manager adjusts the rating's current manning as
well as updating the year group, or fiscal year a sailor
entered recruit training, as well as quotas for each rank.
The program's process still lies ultimately with the
“I am very involved in my PTS process,” said
Yeoman 2nd Class Nicholas Jones. “Being involved in the
process is important because it's your career. If you want
to stay in, then you have to be involved.”
PTS denial, Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class
Nicholas McCurry talked with the command career counselors.
They found, with the enlisted community manager's help,
inaccurate information caused the denial.
important to use your ECM,” said McCurry. “From my
experience, I wonder how many sailors had this happened to
who do not second guess why they were denied.”
PTS submission deadline is the last day of each month. The
program reviews the sailor for approval, until six months
before end of service, at which time, he or she will be
slated for separation.
For more information on PTS
and enlisted community manager, contact the departmental
career counselor or
visit the Navy Personnel Command website.
is the flagship for the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and,
with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is
deployed in support of maritime security operations and
theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet
area of responsibility.
By Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Valerie M. Grayson
USS Peleliu Public Affairs
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