RELIGIOUS PROGRAM SPECIALIST
Greetings fellow RPs. I am RPCS(FMF) Dino Medler, your E1-E9 Detailer. I’d like to briefly address two topics. First, the Religious Program Specialist rating is closed to strikers and cross rates. We have been closed for a little over a year and a half. No waivers will be approved. Our rating is 103% manned; 145% manned at the E1-E3 pay grade (as of Nov 2010). I understand there are excellent candidates that you encounter every day in the fleet who desire to be a member of the greatest rating in the Navy - RP. However, please help me spread the word that our rating is closed to strikers and cross rates.
Second, Sailors are expected to serve their complete sea or shore tours as assigned. MILPERSMAN 1306-116 (PRESCRIBED SEA TOUR (PST) / NORMAL SHORE TOUR (NST)) and NAVADMIN 234/08 (SEA SHORE FLOW (SSF) ENLISTED CAREER PATH) states the policy governing tour lengths. Once a Sailor commences his/her sea tour or shore tour, they are expected to complete the tour through their established Projected Rotation Date (PRD). There are few exceptions to the rule to either shorten or extend your PRD. Exceptions require an approved Enlisted Personnel Action Request (NAVPERS 1306/7) by your Commanding Officer and personal contact with the Detailer.
I will close by congratulating all those who were selected for advancement from the September 2010 Advancement Exam. Understand that now is not the time to sit back and relax. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and rich blessings as we begin a Happy New Year!
Current Sea/Shore Flow:
Tour Sea Shore
1st Tour 42 months 48 months
All other tours 36 months 48 months
VE + MK = 105
"A" School Information:
Meridian, MS 40 Days