Navy’s New PACT With Undesignated Sailors

Story Number: NNS070809-14Release Date: 8/9/2007 5:45:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Philip Schrickel, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) will be transitioning its general detailed (GENDET) workforce to an effective general apprentice program along with the rest of the fleet in fiscal year 2008 (FY-08).

Professional Apprenticeship Career Tracks (PACT) is a program designed to enlist Sailors into a monitored general apprenticeship program that provides Apprentice level formal training and on the job training that leads to a viable career field within two years on board their first Permanent Duty Station. Undesignated Seamen will be accessed into the PACT Program commencing FY-08. Apprentice Airmen and Firemen will participate in FY-09.

"PACT will help us break Sailor's careers down in order to help them know where they are headed," said Chief Navy Counselor (AW/SW) Jeff Sabia, of Carl Vinson's command career counselor office. "We will be able to keep track of the Sailor's progress and where their career takes them."

According to the Navy Counselors Association (NCA), one of the main focuses of PACT is emphasizing a two-way commitment between the Sailor and the Navy. By implementing aviation (A-PACT), engineering (E-PACT), and surface (S-PACT) professional apprenticeship career tracks, the NCA has asserted that the Navy will be able to better assist in the personal and professional development of its Sailors. The Career Information Management System (CIMS) will be used to monitor Career Development Boards and Fleet RIDE rating eligibility screening will continue to be mandated to ensure PACT Sailors are placed into career paths they are eligible for.

"As a career counselor, I personally look forward to watching the development and working with the Sailors who will be enrolled in the PACT program," said Operations Specialist 2nd Class Keri Childs.

Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. The RCOH is an extensive yard period that all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near the mid-point of their 50-year life cycle.

During RCOH, Carl Vinson's nuclear fuel will be replenished and the ship's services and infrastructure will be upgraded to make her the most state-of-the-art aircraft carrier in the fleet and prepare for another 25 years or more of service.

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