Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Labinski, a search and rescue swimmer, re-enlists Sept. 27 in the Red Sea. The Navy recently implemented changes in Perform to Serve to help sailors navigate the re-enlistment process. (MC3 A.J. Jones / Navy)
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While bigger plans are in the works for re-enlistments, there are new rules already in effect.
NAVADMIN 021/13, released Feb. 1, announced some immediate changes to Perform to Serve that affect sailors in transfer situations.
Specifically, sailors who:
Are E-4 to E-6 with fewer than 14 years of service.
Have fewer than two years left on their enlistment.
Are hoping to transfer within the next year.
Is that you? Then listen up.
Transfer rules typically require you to have at least two years left on your enlistment. But sailors have always had the opportunity to apply for a "special circumstance" PTS approval to get them that transfer.
Improvements in the system have been put into place effective Feb. 4 to ensure sailors don't fall through the cracks and do start negotiating orders on time.
Now anyone who falls under this transfer exception is going to automatically be flagged in the PTS system 15 months prior to his end-of-service date. In the old method, these sailors had to be entered manually, creating the possibility of error.
This change will ensure sailors don't get overlooked because higher commands will be able to track all sailors needing PTS approval and query commands if they don't see movement on those applications.
"For whatever reason, if a sailor isn't in the PTS system at least by the 12-month point, it can mean they won't get their entire three months to negotiate the orders they want," explained Cmdr. Jamie Redman, the PTS department head. "With command automatically seeing that sailor pop up at the 15-month point, it will give them the chance to work with that sailor and their application to ensure they have the best chance of getting approved."
Another change, Redman said, is the Navy no longer will allow any sailor with more than two years on his enlistment to compete in PTS and re-enlist early at his transfer point.
"They don't need that approval to get orders at that point," he said. "But having them in the system created extra competition for those for whom that approval was critical, and we wanted to eliminate that undue competition."
If a sailor doesn't get approved in PTS prior to transfer or misses his looks, the sailor and his command can work with that sailor's detailer who can make the decision to keep that sailor at his existing command and let him compete in PTS again as he approaches his end-of-service date.
Another admin change will reduce the amount of paperwork sent back to a command. Until now, each month a sailor failed to pick up a quota during his six months in PTS, a letter automatically went to the command announcing that failure to select. Now that rejection letter will only come to the command if, after his six tries in the system, he ultimately doesn't get a re-enlistment quota.
"The command will only get a status report of who they have in the system," Redman said, "but we don't need to burden the career counselor with the job of delivering that [rejection] letter every month they don't get a quota."