By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Maria Yager, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Perform to Serve (PTS) results released Jan. 11, mark the full implementation of the program since it was expanded in early 2009 to include all E-3 through E-6 Sailors with less than 14 years of service.
More than 95 percent of Sailors requesting to stay Navy in Zone C received a quota to reenlist.
“This is the first time we have utilized these force-shaping measures in Zone C. The December results are the consolidation of six months of input. It will be the largest month of separations for that zone. You will see much smaller (separation) numbers in future months,” said Capt. Robert Loken, head enlisted community manager for the Navy.
Navy granted 1,339 reenlistment quotas to Zone C Sailors, who are Sailors with 10-to-14 years of service. Of the 98 Sailors who did not receive a quota for reenlistment, 31 submitted a PTS application indicating they desired not to reenlist. The other 67 Sailors may receive involuntary separation pay, if they meet certain criteria. Each record was individually reviewed for performance, paygrade, NEC qualifications, and the number of PTS reviews.
Several options are available to qualified Sailors who were not retained through the PTS process. Continued military service is available in the Selected Reserve or in the Army through the Blue to Green program. Other support services and benefits are still available through Navy’s job transition assistance program and the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
“The Navy as a whole continues to evolve. As it evolves, it takes on new mission areas and former requirements go away. PTS allows us to shape the force to keep the best and most qualified Sailors needed to execute our mission,” said Loken.
PTS is a centralized reservation system utilized by Navy to manage reenlistments of active duty and full-time-support Sailors in grades E-6 and below with less than 14 years of service. While most Sailors are permitted to reenlist in their current rate, Sailors in overmanned ratings may be offered reenlistment in an undermanned rating. Performance is a critical factor in PTS selection.
PTS was first launched in 2003 as a method for the Navy to shape manning to match mission requirement. It initially applied only to “first-term” Sailors in overmanned ratings. Last year, Navy expanded PTS to Sailors E-3 through E-6 with six-to-10 years of service (Zone B), and then to Sailors E-3 through E-6 with 10-to-14 years of service. Sailors in paygrades E-1 and E-2 cannot apply to reenlist.
Sailors should consult their career counselors 15 months before their end of active obligated service (EAOS) to complete the appropriate paperwork, enabling the command to submit a PTS application, regardless of their reenlistment intentions.
“Get the applications in on time. Commands need to submit applications as early as possible in order to ensure Sailors get the maximum number of reviews,” said Loken.