By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (AW) LaTunya Howard, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn.--More than 10,000 Sailors submitted applications using Perform-to-Serve (PTS) in March, with nearly 1,200 selecting rate conversion as an option.
“I believe that PTS was probably the greatest thing that has happened to my career,” said Gunner’s Mate 1st Class (SW) Cody Wells, Center for Surface Combat Systems Unit, Great Lakes, Ill. “I was moved from a rate that was overmanned and placed in a rate that I could excel and advance in.”
PTS was implemented in March 2003 as a means for the Navy to match manning requirements with mission requirements. It is a centralized reservation system that balances overmanned and undermanned ratings, using reenlistments as its key management tool.
“Honestly, I was originally scared of the process,” said Wells. “To think that the Navy could tell me that I would have to leave what I knew and put me in a rate that I didn’t know or may not want had me very uneasy. After putting some thought into it, I realized that I may be able to use the system to my advantage.”
“Most Sailors are loyal to their rating and are reluctant to change,” said Senior Chief Navy Counselor (AW) Jermaine Rawls, PTS Help Desk, Navy Personnel Command (NPC). “Career development boards are indispensable in raising the number of conversion requests through PTS. The chain of command must counsel Sailors before they enter the PTS window to clarify the importance of applying for both in-rate and conversion quotas. Some advantages that accompany a rating conversion are: advancement, selective reenlistment bonus, formal training, college credit, and the opportunity to stay Navy.”
“I believe that I had some advantage with PTS,” said Wells. “My new rate was not a surprise because I had asked specifically for it and as anyone who has been on an LSD class ship can tell you, Fire Controlmen and Gunners Mates work hand in hand. Even before I converted I was already qualified in and stood the same watches as the GMs. All I did was change my rating badge.”
Sailors considering conversion can review their Career Reenlistment Objective (CREO). CREO refers to the manning levels for all Navy ratings and is a consideration for Sailors requesting PTS approval. CREO categories are identified in one of three levels:
CREO 1 rates are undermanned
CREO 2 rates are manned at desired levels
CREO 3 rates are overmanned
The Command Career Counselor can assist Sailors with understanding the benefits of reviewing their CREO information and can provide Sailors with guidance throughout the PTS process.
For more information on PTS visit the NPC PTS Web page http://www.npc.navy.mil/CareerInfo/PerformtoServe or call 1-866-U-ASK-NPC.