By Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. -- The Chief of Naval Personnel announced plans to expand the Navy's Perform to Serve (PTS) program to include all Sailors, E-6 and below, with 14 years or less of service, beginning June 1 as described in NAVADMIN 161/09.
PTS is a centralized reservation system that helps the Navy manage reenlistments of Sailors with less than 10 years of service, or Zones A and B. The expansion of the PTS program allows the Navy greater flexibility to control the number of Sailors in specific ratings and provides better advancement opportunities for Sailors, while helping the Navy manage manpower requirements.
"The Perform to Serve program is an essential tool that allows us to provide stable and predictable manning to the fleet. It will allow us to keep a balanced force based on experience, skill sets, and seniority matched to requirements," said Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, chief of naval personnel.
The NAVADMIN expands PTS to include Zone C Sailors with 10 to 14 years of service. Therefore, all E-6 and below Zone C Sailors with an End of Active Obligated Service (EAOS) date on or after Feb. 1, 2010 must submit a PTS application regardless of their reenlistment intentions. However, Zone C Sailors selected for or already advanced to chief petty officer are exempt.
In addition to members of the chief petty officer community, exemptions include Sailors currently under Permanent Change of Station orders, Sailors with an approved conversion package and Sailors with an approved Selected Reenlistment Bonus precertification.
According to statistics from the Center for Career Development, in 2008 almost 90 percent of Sailors who applied for PTS remained in their current rating. Quality Sailors who hold ratings in overmanned fields may be offered reenlistment in an undermanned rating. However, Sailors with a poor performance history may not be granted permission to reenlist.
"Our future is in our E-4, E-5, and E-6 petty officers who should see advancement opportunities in their future in an organization that rewards the best performance," said Ferguson.
Sailors should consult their career counselors about 15 months prior to their EAOS to complete the required paperwork and request their command submit a PTS application, regardless of their intentions to re-enlist.
For more information regarding the submission process, application format or other PTS issues, please visit www.npc.navy.mil or contact NPC's Customer Service Center by calling 1-866-U-ASK-NPC (1-866-827-5672).