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by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Valerie M. Grayson - February 5, 2013

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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)
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.

“It's important 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 evaluations.

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.

The last 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 sailor.

“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.”

After a 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.

“It's very 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.”

The 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.

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.

By Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Valerie M. Grayson
USS Peleliu Public Affairs
Provided through DVIDS
Copyright 2013

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