By Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
The Chief of Naval Personnel announced plans Jan. 20, to expand the Navy’s Perform to Serve (PTS) program from first-term Sailors, to all E-6 and below with 10 years or less of service.
“The Perform to Serve program is a vital element of our Navy’s total force strategy providing an opportunity to keep our best and brightest Sailors in order to meet future fleet and manpower requirements,” said Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, Chief of Naval Personnel. “The program that empowers our Sailors to perform to serve is now being expanded to include both Zone A and Zone B Sailors.”
PTS is a centralized reservation system that helps the Navy manage reenlistments of Sailors with less than six years of service, or Zone A. While most Sailors are permitted to reenlist in their current rate, Sailors in overmanned ratings may be offered reenlistment in an undermanned rating and Sailors with a poor performance history may not be granted permission to reenlist. According to NAVADMIN 017/09 PTS will expand Feb.1 to include Zone B, which is Sailors with six to 10 years of service.
Additionally, beginning Feb. 1 all Sailors with an approved PTS application must sign a page 13 within 30 days of message receipt to accept or decline their PTS reservation.
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.
Controlling the number of Sailors in specific ratings provides better advancement opportunities for Sailors, while helping the Navy manage manpower requirements.
“When we started PTS in 2003, there were a lot of Sailors whose promotion opportunities were severely degraded because their rating was overmanned. PTS has helped the Navy to balance its ratings and where there is more balance, there are better promotion opportunities,” said Senior Chief Personnel Specialist Ron Miller, PTS Branch, Enlisted Community Management Branch, Navy Personnel Command.
Sailors should consult their career counselors about 15 months before their end of active obligated service (EAOS) to fill out the paperwork to have the command submit a PTS application, regardless of their intentions to re-enlist.
Sailors should read NAVADMIN 017/09 available at the NPC Website for complete details.
For more information regarding the submission process, application format or other PTS issues, please visit the NPC website or contact NPC’s Customer Service Center by calling 1-866-U-ASK-NPC (1-866-827-5672).