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Navy Updates Professional Apprenticeship Career Track (PACT) Program

The Navy updated the Professional Apprenticeship Career Track (PACT) program policy in NAVADMIN 118/18, released May 14.

The NAVADMIN announced comprehensive policy and process changes to the enlisted PACT program outlined in Military Personnel Manual (MILPERSMAN) 1306-611. The changes were made to provide PACT Sailors with the ability to plan for their future career in the Navy and to reduce unplanned losses for Fleet manning.

Effective 1 June 2018, PACT Sailors will be designated based on their selection of a prioritized job in a rating for which they are qualified. Enlisted Community Managers (ECM) will begin to designate PACT Sailors, starting with those who have been enrolled in the program the longest.

Twelve months prior to a PACT Sailor's projected rotation date (PRD), they may begin the designation and assignment negotiation process.

Commands will continue to use the Career Waypoints-PACT (C-WAY-PACT) designation module for PACT Sailor applications.

Once designated, eligible PACT Sailors may be eligible for Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB). The latest SRB NAVADMIN outlines the SRB eligibility requirements.

PACT Sailors willing to volunteer for additional obligated service (OBLISERV) to complete the sea tour for their new rating, or for a minimum of 24 months of additional sea time, whichever is greater, may be authorized immediate advancement to E4, with commanding officer approval.

Command leadership and PACT Sailors are required to ensure training records and qualifications are up-to-date to facilitate the order negotiation process.

PACT Sailors interested in expanding their available conversion opportunities should contact their command career counselor for information about additional Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) testing opportunities.

NAVADMIN 118/18 can be read here.