How Your RC Sailors Can Help
Reserve Sailors provide strategic depth and operational capacity—mapped to valid requirements. And with 3150 waterfront billets, they’re doing great work every day for your peers.
Here are a few examples of the types of support your SURFOR RC Sailors are executing today to support our Navy’s warfighting readiness:
- ATFP watchstanding
- 3M maintenance execution
- Inspections / certifications preparations
- Exercise support
- Underway watchstanding
- Forward-deployed unplanned loss fills
- In-theater logistics support
- Surge support for manning shortfalls
- Individual Augmentation / mobilization
RC2C: Your RC Sailors are Seagoing Sailors
RC support isn’t limited to in-port periods and pierside availabilities, though both provide opportunities for you to benefit from close integration with your reserve team. But even more importantly, to address critical afloat billet shortages we’re creating opportunities for your RC team to provide relief to our afloat crews in short, medium and long duration fills.
In fact, I’ve committed to Vice Adm. Rowden and our Chief of Navy Reserve, Vice Adm. Luke McCollum, that the Surface Warfare Reserve Enterprise will evolve to provide far more underway support to the waterfront than we have historically delivered. We’re calling this initiative “RC2C” - getting our RC to Sea. The RC2C initiative exists for one reason, and one reason only - to help you, our afloat warfighters.
How can you get your RC to sea? Without providing a thesis on duty status types, or the permutations of funding sources available to you, let’s focus on the two types of support that will account for nearly all of your reserve interactions.
a. Contributory support. Title 10 of US Code provides a minimum threshold of support every reserve Sailor must provide annually. For ease of discussion that support is simply 14 days of Annual Training (“AT”: think of it as two weeks of active duty) and one weekend per month, known as “drill periods” or “drills.” Many Sailors “flex drill,” which means they can mix and match how they perform those weekend allocations – for instance, come in from Monday to Friday (5 days) in a row, consuming 2.5 months of drills. So generally you can seek short duration support for underway periods in the 1 to 30-day range as regularly contributory support.
b. Surge Support. Your RC sailors also can provide longer duration support in surge situations, assuming valid requirements, schedules and funding are aligned. For example, at CNSP each of the last four years we’ve averaged 39 Sailors providing 113 days of afloat surge support. This year we’ll see that number increase as a result of critical afloat billet gaps. Your RC Sailors want to help you here!
There are many more nuanced ways your RC team can provide support – the key is to speak to your Immediate Superior in Command (ISIC) or Type Commander (TYCOM) Operational Support Officer to learn more. But before you do, remember the entering argument for that conversation is a valid requirement. No requirement means no budget…which means no support.
Your Call to Action
Evaluate your reserve support today. If what you are reading is new or confusing, or you’re unfamiliar with how your reserve team can support you, you’re already behind – and failing to take advantage of the incredible potential, talent and availability of your Navy’s reserve force. Like other TYCOM manning actions that address manning shortfalls in your crews, your RC force can provide a surge support mechanism to address gaps ranging from a few weeks to a few months. Speak to your ISIC or TYCOM Operational Support Officer to learn more.
Keep up the great work leading the world’s finest Navy. I look forward to seeing you on the waterfront.
And remember, it’s a great time to be a Surface Warrior.