CREO/REGA Categories Updated

Story Number: NNS041217-15Release Date: 12/17/2004 2:11:00 PM
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By Lt. j.g. Kyle Raines, Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Career/Reenlistment Objectives (CREO), Rating Entry for General Apprentices (REGA) and the critical skills Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) codes have been updated and released in a December naval message.

This message, updated following the junior petty officer advancement exams, provides rating availability for non-designated strikers, advancement forecasts, CREO rating classifications, a list of critical skills and Perform to Serve (PTS) guidance.

"Keeping Sailors informed of opportunities gives them better flexibility and control of their careers, and is a key theme in the Navy's Human Capital Strategy," said Lt. Cmdr. Juliet Cook, an advancement planner for the Chief of Naval Personnel in Washington. "The information provided in this message should be used as a tool in command professional development boards in guiding the career decisions of junior personnel."

Ratings that are designated CREO 1 are considered undermanned, CREO 2 ratings are manned at the desired levels and CREO 3 ratings are overmanned. Overall, 10 ratings have moved from CREO 3 to CREO 2 at the E-4 level.

Ratings that continue to show promise at the E-4 level are Construction Mechanic (CM), Damage Controlman (DC), Illustrator/Draftsman (DM), Dental Technician (DT), Hospital Corspman (HM), Intelligence Specialist (IS), Information Systems Technician (IT), Musician (MU), Quartermaster (QM) and Religious Program Specialist (RP).

Sailors in ratings that have changed categories to CREO 2 or 3 may begin submitting PTS applications now. For Sailors whose rating has changed to CREO 1 but have previously received direction to convert or separate under the PTS program, the PTS decision remains valid and they will continue to convert or separate.

For more information on PTS and CREO/REGA, contact your command career counselor.

To view the naval message, visit

For related news, visit the Chief of Naval Personnel Navy NewsStand page at

Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Laresa Buxton makes an adjustment on the Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA) console aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
Official U.S. Navy file photo of an Information Systems Technician at work aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Gregory A. Pierot (RELEASED)
December 17, 2004
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