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News - 2011
PTS Responds to Fleet Feedback 

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (AW) LaTunya Howard, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs Office

MILLINGTON, Tenn.— The Sept. 29 merger of Perform-to-Serve (PTS) with the Fleet Rating Identification Engine (RIDE)  program was a direct result of the Fleet’s request for changes to the current PTS system. 

“We asked the Fleet Navy counselor, ‘What can we do here to make the Navy counselors’ job easier?’” said Lt. Mark Reid, Deputy Enlisted Community Manager, Bureau of Naval Personnel.  “This merger offers the features they need to effectively take care of their Sailors.”

The new program is a career counselor’s single system for identifying eligibility requirements, managing reenlistment applications and reporting results. 

NAVADMIN 352/10 describes the initial implementation of the system, specific policy changes, PTS algorithm changes, procedures for application submission and point of contact information for addressing questions or concerns. 

The new system allows commands to view in-rate and conversion quotas on a monthly basis.  Additionally, the enhanced, performance-driven algorithms include additional screening criteria such as: 
• Performance evaluation average for the last five evaluations
• Physical fitness assessment failures within a  four-year period
• RIDE score
• Enlisted community manager’s critical Navy enlisted classification codes list by rating and pay grade. 

Improvements to the application process include pre-populated application data, which helps reduce the counselor’s workload. 

“This feature is designed to reduce the number of Sailors who are falling through the cracks at many commands and it creates accountability at the command level for each of their Sailors,” said Reid.  “Navy counselors also have batch submission capability, another time management tool.” The enhanced reporting features include monthly PTS report visibility for Fleet commands, improved inventory control and forecasting ability, and an automated notification of application results.    

Commands must ensure PTS applications are submitted for all E3-E6 Sailors with less than 14 years-of-service as early as 15 months prior to, but no later than 12 months prior to their end of active obligated service (EAOS) as extended.  In addition, a PTS application may be submitted when Sailors are negotiating orders to new commands, for SRB purposes, or any other reason requiring additional obligated service. PTS applications are not necessary if additional obligated service is not required, or if the Sailor intends to execute an authorized short-term extension. For Sailors who do not intend to reenlist, commands are required to submit a PTS application so they can be issued a separation quota.

Commands should re-verify the Sailor’s decision to separate prior to submitting his or her application.  Once an application is finalized, the member will not be allowed to resubmit for active duty, in-rate or conversion options even if the Sailor changes his mind prior to the six month end-of-service period.    

Before submitting an application in Fleet RIDE, “Commands are required to validate all applications as correct and state the commanding officer recommendation supports the submission” said Reid.  “This is just one more level of accountability.”

A user guide is available on the PTS webpage at  The former stand-alone PTS website will no longer be accepting applications.  PTS applications are now accepted only through the Fleet RIDE program.  Detailed submission procedures are provided via the NPC website.

For more information on the PTS/Fleet RIDE merger, read NAVADMIN 352/10 or call Navy Personnel Command’s customer service center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC. 


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