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UNCLASSIFIED ROUTINE R 201449Z AUG 15 FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS NAVADMIN 199/15 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// REF/B/DOC/COMNAVPERSCOM/15DEC14// REF/C/DOC/BUPERS/2NOV07// 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 © 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 ratings. 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 uasknpc(at)navy.mil. For questions regarding specific PACT designation applications, contact the C-WAY help desk at (901) 874-2102 or via e-mail at career_waypoints(at)navy.mil. 8. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled, whichever comes first. 9. Released by Vice Admiral W. F. Moran, N1.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//