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7/18/2017
RC2C: Your RC Sailors are Seagoing Sailors

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.

 

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What you need to know is that RC support isn’t limited to in-port periods and pierside availabilities, though each of those scenarios provide opportunities for you to benefit from close integration with your reserve team. In fact, as it relates to “Surge Support” and RC2C – a program specifically designed to address critical afloat billet shortages on our deployers – you should consider the RC a qualified source of available, ready resources who can join your crew for medium duration “surges” and immediately add value to your daily operations. Ashore and underway. We just sent a reserve Chief Logistics Specialist underway on USS Kid (DDG 100) to fill a supply department Leading Chief Petty Officer billet that had been gapped for months. He joined the ship in Everett, sailed to San Diego, and is underway on deployment with them now.

Here’s some additional context. Within the CNSP enterprise each of the last four years we’ve averaged 39 Sailors each providing 113 days of afloat surge support.

This year we’ve seen that number spike because of the increase in critical afloat billet gaps, the interest in the RC in providing longer periods of support, and the availability of funding. But, we know we can still do more.

So how can you get your RC to sea?

To tap into your RC team and to benefit from "Surge Support" opportunities, start by speaking to your immediate superior in command (ISIC) or type commander (TYCOM) operational support officer (OSO). And before you do, remember the entering argument for that conversation is a valid requirement – in this case, a gapped billet. No requirement means no budget…and no budget means no support. We’re simply not able to fund “nice to have” opportunities when we’ve got so many “must have” requirements facing our deployers. An OSO can help you map your specific requirement to the supply of qualified, available Sailors who can help you.

The RC2C program exists for one reason, and one reason only - to help you, our afloat warfighters. Your RC Sailors want to help you here. Ask your OSO how RC2C can help you today.
Here's what I want you to remember from this article:
1. Your reserve force exists to support your warfighting readiness, capability and capacity
2. Your RC Sailors can, and should, support you underway
3. RC2C (“Reserve Component to Sea”) was created to support you, our center of gravity

Keep up the great work leading the world’s finest Navy. I look forward to seeing you on the waterfront.Surface Warfare Magazine



 

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