We’ve been busy, as a community and as a Navy, since our last edition of the waterfront’s finest magazine. Momentum continues to build across the full spectrum of our T4 (Tactics, Talent, Tools, and Training) pillars, and the implementation of our Surface Force Strategy from the deckplates to the capital… and every echelon in between.
There’s no question it’s an exciting time to be a Surface Warrior.
As you enjoy your summer, I ask each of you to continue thinking critically about how we at the headquarters can help you become more effective, efficient and lethal warfighters. Every iota of effort expended in your daily routine should tie back to the single, unifying thought that we must be ready to fight - and win decisively - at sea when called upon to do so. That unequivocal focus is what drives every conversation, every decision and the expenditure of every precious dollar at the headquarters.
As your Deputy Commander and SWO Boss’s principle advisor on reserve affairs, I’m also the Surface Warfare community leader for the reserve force. Wearing my “RC SWO Boss” hat, I’ve been working with our staff and that of the Chief of Navy Reserve (VADM Luke McCollum) to develop programs, initiatives and courses of action to address key pain points on the waterfront. Specifically, we’ve been scrutinizing how the 3150 motivated RC officers and Sailors assigned to our afloat forces deliver their support to the fleet. And we’ve been rethinking traditional models to increase their value, while broadening the types and durations of the support they provide. Again, we keep coming back to the base question: how can we leverage our RC team to enhance surface warfighting readiness, capability and capacity?
One way is RC2C.
So what exactly is RC2C? It’s an acronym for the program that gets our “Reserve Component to Sea." That’s right – your reserve Sailors are seagoing Sailors. And we want to get them to you.
Our afloat billet gaps are well documented, but did you know your Reserve Component (RC) Sailors are available and motivated to support you for periods ranging from a few days to more than six months. We refer to RC2C as “Surge Support,” meaning it generally applies to medium duration fills, offering temporary relief onboard - while the Bureau of Personnel and our SURFPAC Total Force Manpower shop continue to aggressively work the manning process to get you your full-time active duty fill. Of course, every engagement is dependent upon validation of requirements and availability of funding and resources, but we’re confident in how we’ve primed the demand-supply ecosystem to address your surge support needs.