I posted this at on the Paratroopers forum and I'm relaying it here as well.
So, when I last posted, I was diligently working on my officer package and trying to be the best sailor that I can. I made a trip to ADMIN to talk about my officer package and how to get it better assembled. While in there, they started looking into OTHER things. In the Navy, there's a force shaping tool called "Perform To Serve", or, "PTS". It USED to be for moving people from overmanned rates into undermanned rates. But these days it's used to discharge people who aren't up to standards or aren't making rank fast enough.
PTS goes by year of enlistment, the year you entered the Navy, or in my case... the year I entered the Army, 2008. It's a fucked up system, and ADMIN knows this, but they can't do much about it... not yet. What this means is, administratively speaking, I'm behind the ball. It LOOKS like I joined the Navy in '08 and I'm an E2 with no record. There's virtually NO way to circumnavigate this, but my command is trying.
I asked for a fucking HONEST , no sugar answer, and there's a chance I may be separated after this tour. HOWEVER - adversely speaking, this also brought up some INTERESTING options. PTS still functions as a manning tool; guess what, SPECWAR is always undermanned. They printed me a list of jobs that I qualify for in order based on ASVAB and my record. Guess what my top 5 results were? EOD > SEAL > SWIC > Navy Diver > Intelligence specialist.
What does this mean? It means if my PTS package is DENIED for reenlistment under my current job, I may be able to reenlist with a SPECWAR contract and put a medical package through now that I have a military history.
I recently made Junior sailor of the quarter, even though it's only my second quarter at the command. They put in for sailor of the year as well. I'm just steamrolling this shit and I plan on continuing to NEVER QUIT and to plow through things until I become either 1) a special operator or 2) the commanding officer of a ship.
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