Navy to Implement New Fleet RIDE/PTS Rules

Story Number: NNS130201-22Release Date: 2/1/2013 5:38:00 PM
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From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Navy will implement two new programming changes within the Fleet RIDE-Perform to Serve (FR-PTS) system that are designed to align the FR-PTS and Career Management System-Interactive Detailing (CMS-ID) application windows, helping Sailors with order negotiation, and improving system efficiency for career counselors, according to a Navy message released Feb. 1.

NAVADMIN 021/13 announces the automation of Special Circumstance FR-PTS Applications for Projected Rotation Date (PRD) for Sailors who will have less than 24 months of obligated service remaining at their PRD. Sailors who will have more than 24 months of obligated service remaining at their PRD do not require FR-PTS approval to negotiate orders.

Beginning Feb. 4, FR-PTS will automatically generate a Special Circumstance Application 15 months prior to a Sailor's PRD if they will have less than 24 months of obligated service remaining at their PRD. This gives career counselors three months to submit the application. These Sailors will receive up to three looks in FR-PTS 12, 11, and 10 months prior to their PRD. Sailors who receive a special circumstance quota will be able reenlist for up to 6 years to cover any obligated service for their next set of orders.

If a Sailor does not receive a quota, detailers will be able to make a determination sooner if the Sailor will remain at their current command or if orders will be issued in accordance with sea shore flow. Under the old method, detailers would wait for FR-PTS determination. Some Sailors didn't get FR-PTS approval prior to their PRD placing them in the needs-of-the-Navy-window and creating additional work for career counselors who continued to work with their Sailors through the order negotiation and FR-PTS submission process. In addition, Sailors with less than 12 months of obligated service remaining were often left in place but orders were already generated to relieve the Sailor at PRD, creating a situation where two Sailors were filling one billet. This change aligns the FR-PTS with the CMS-ID window while preventing many Sailors from missing their opportunity to negotiate for orders during their prescribed orders negotiation window, benefiting both the Sailor and the Navy.

In other cases, Sailors who didn't actually require a special circumstance FR-PTS application were submitted in FR-PTS creating unnecessary competition for FR-PTS quotas. The new special circumstance FR-PTS application will prevent Sailors from applying if they don't need a FR-PTS quota which will improve opportunities for Sailors who do require a quota.

Sailors who don't receive a special circumstance FR-PTS quota at their PRD are still required to submit a regular FR-PTS application during their next FR-PTS application window when they are 12 months from their end of active service.

The second change covered in the NAVADMIN improves career counselor efficiency by eliminating monthly denial letters and generating a single final determination letter for Sailors. The denied final active letter has also been reformatted to include the Sailor's entire FR-PTS end of active obligated service, as extended (SEAOS), application history to help authorizing officials in determining a Sailor's eligibly for involuntary separation benefits.

Unless specifically changed by NAVADMIN 021/13, all other FR-PTS program policies remain in effect. Contact the Navy Personnel Command Customer Service Center, at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC/1-(866)-827-5672 or via e-mail at with questions concerning this policy update and new FR-PTS implementation procedures.

Newly -promoted petty officers stand in formation aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
December 7, 2012
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