PROFESSIONAL APPRENTICESHIP CAREER TRACK SAILOR RATING DESIGNATION POLICY AND PROCEDURE UPDATES:
R 201449Z AUG 15
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/AUG//
SUBJ/PROFESSIONAL APPRENTICESHIP CAREER TRACK SAILOR RATING DESIGNATION
POLICY AND PROCEDURE UPDATES//
REF/A/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/302225ZMAY13//
NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 150/13, CAREER NAVIGATOR PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT PART II.
REF B IS MILPERSMAN ARTICLE 1306-611, PROFESSIONAL APPRENTICESHIP CAREER
TRACK (PACT) PROGRAM. REF C IS BUPERSINST 1430.16F, ADVANCEMENT MANUAL FOR
ENLISTED PERSONNEL OF THE U.S. NAVY AND U.S. NAVY RESERVE.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces modifications to the Professional
Apprenticeship Career Track (PACT) Program and PACT Sailor designation
policies and processes. The PACT program supports operational readiness
while providing Sailors an enlistment option to serve in a monitored, general
apprenticeship program with future designation opportunities. Program
details are outlined in references (a) and (b). This NAVADMIN revises
reference (a) and is part of pending revisions to reference (b).
2. Based on Fleet input and Sailor feedback, a review of the PACT Program is
underway. Actions include: working with the Navy career counselor force to
encourage mentorship and explore ways to provide greater career opportunities
for PACT Sailors; the release of reference (b) to further educate the fleet
about the PACT Program; adjustment to recruitment goals to allow for timely
rating designation and increased opportunity to designate into desired
ratings. This coordinated strategy for program improvements make deliberate
and incremental updates to further empower the command TRIADs, provide
increased inventory stabilization, reduce training requirements on the fleet
and decrease command personnel turnover.
3. Effective 31 August 2015, all PACT Sailors, regardless of pay grade, must
have a minimum of 12 months time onboard their permanent duty station (PDS)
to be eligible to submit a PACT designation application. This modification
reinstates the required time onboard policy which was in place prior to June
2013. The time onboard requirement was eliminated in FY-13 to rapidly fill
rated manning gaps at sea. Now that the Navy is at strength, this
accelerated designation pace is no longer needed and is negatively impacting
PACT manning stability. This change will stabilize the PACT inventory,
ensure a uniform performance evaluation period and standardize on-the-job
training (OJT) for all PACT Sailors.
4. This policy will impact applications submitted after 31 August 2015.
PACT Sailors will continue to use Career Waypoints (C-WAY) PACT Designation
Module to request designation. Upon reaching the 12 month minimum time
onboard, applications for designation via the Navy-Wide Advancement
Examination (NWAE) will still adhere to the E3 to E4 time-in-rate eligibility
requirements as outlined in reference (c) to participate in the NWAE for
petty officer third class. Sailors who have already submitted designation
applications, but currently have less than 12 months time onboard will be
allowed to continue to apply.
5. The monthly application ranking in C-WAY is also being modified,
prioritizing the time onboard higher in the ranking criteria. This change
will provide greater weight to experience and allows more time for OJT. The
updated ranking is as follows:
a. Onboard billet availability;
b. Performance/promotion recommendation;
c. Time onboard PDS;
d. Pay grade;
e. RIDE raw score (rating Fit); and
f. Proximity to expiration of contract.
6. To further increase career opportunities, Sailors are encouraged to
utilize Career Development Boards and the Career Exploration Module (CEM)
within the C-WAY system. The CEM identifies requirements Sailors must meet
in order to qualify for desired ratings. Sailors can retake the Armed Forces
Classification Test to improve their scores in order to expand designation
opportunities. Additionally, Sailors are strongly encouraged to use the job
opportunities in Navy (JOIN) website at https://join.sscno.nmci.
navy.mil/ to identify their interests, which will help to determine best fit
7. Points of contact: For questions concerning these policy updates,
contact the Navy Personnel Command call center at (866) 827-5672 or via e-
mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding specific PACT
designation applications, contact the C-WAY help desk at (901) 874-2102 or
via e-mail at email@example.com.
8. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever comes first.
9. Released by Vice Admiral W. F. Moran, N1.//