GREAT LAKES (NNS) -- The Navy is recruiting Sailors to become the molders of future Sailors as Recruit Division Commanders (RDC) at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy's only boot camp, and Officer Training Command (OTC) as announced in NAVADMIN 085/13 April 1.
"Being an RDC is one of the most important jobs that there is in the Navy," said Rear Adm. (Select) Dee L. Mewbourne, commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC). "RDCs are the first Navy leaders our recruits see when they report to RTC to begin their Navy careers. They need to be the 'best of the best' and top Sailors because they are charged with molding a disciplined enlisted Sailor to send out to the fleet."
Headquartered in Building 1, the historic clock tower building on Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., NSTC oversees 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy. NSTC oversees the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) at more than 160 colleges and universities, OTC on Naval Station Newport, R. I., Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy's only boot camp, at Great Lakes, Ill., and Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) citizenship development programs at more than 600 high schools worldwide.
OTC has an average of 18 Chief and Senior Chief RDCs. They provide mentorship and physical training in four of the five schoolhouses at the command; Officer Candidate School (OCS), Officer Development School (ODS), Direct Commission Officer Indoctrination Course (DCOIC), and the Naval Science Institute (NSI).
"We are looking for Chiefs and Senior Chiefs who are physically fit, motivated and want to make a difference in shaping the future of the Navy," said Master Chief Electronics Technician (SW/AW) Matt Anuci, the Senior Enlisted Leader of OTC.
Anuci said it is not well-known around the fleet that RDCs, who most people associate with RTC, are also assigned to OTC.
"We're such a small command (OTC in Newport), compared to RTC. When nearly 40,000 recruits go through RTC each year the natural assumption is that's the only place where RDCs are stationed," Anuci said. "The Navy also sends E-5 and E-6 RDCs to Great Lakes. Newport is completely different because our billets are limited to only a select few senior enlisted."
Anuci explained that OCS needs senior enlisted RDCs because of "the opportunity to mentor and mold and develop the division-officer-to-chief relationship that is a constant in the fleet."
NAVADMIN 085/13 also applies to any senior enlisted Sailors who might want to become RDCs. After attending RDC "C" School at RTC, they would then accept orders to OTC in Newport.
NAVADMIN 085/13 also states that "RDCs are rewarded for their dedication and hard work with the following benefits: $450 per month special duty assignment pay; additional annual clothing allowance of $220; free dry cleaning while actively training a recruit division; opportunity to earn a master training specialist qualification; guaranteed choice of coast assignment (upon completion of tour; advancement rates to chief and senior chief are close to double the Navy-wide averages; award of recruit training service ribbon; participation in the RTC Command Meritorious Advancement Program for second class petty officer."
RTC's Command Master Chief Christopher R. Angstead, in a recent NSTC Youtube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqsKHbvkwM), invited potential RDCs to become a member of the RTC team.
"We have a unique responsibility here at Recruit Training Command to train volunteers into basically-trained, physically fit Sailors through screening, equipping, education and military bearing. To meet these training demands we need to increase our Recruit Division Commander manning levels," said Angstead. "If you are a highly motivated second class, first class, chief or senior chief and want to be a vital part of forging our Navy of the future, consider joining our Recruit Training Command team."
The NAVADMIN also says the "RDC assignment is challenging, but rewarding. It offers a number of significant professional development, diversification, leadership, and career advancement opportunities. Hard-charging, disciplined Sailors who process strong character, personal integrity and want to pursue the most challenging duty ashore are encouraged to volunteer for duty as an RDC."
"There's a sense of accomplishment being an RDC," said Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Laura Stout, from Cedarsburg, Fla., who has been an RDC for two years and has "pushed" five divisions. "You get to see these young people go from not knowing anything about the Navy when they first arrive to marching across the drill deck at graduation with so much pride and so ready to go out to be part of the Navy. It's a great feeling."
The NAVADMIN continues to say "initial orders are to RDC "C" School via a three-week intermediate stop at a Navy Instructor Training Course to obtain the 9502 (Military Training Specialist) Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC). The course is conducted at multiple Navy sites and is a prerequisite for RDC duty. Candidates must pass RDC "C" School which is a 13-week physically challenging, intensive, hands-on training course that provides prospective RDCs with the skills, perspective, and physical readiness to succeed as an RDC. All candidates will be required to pass the RDC Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) which mandates completion of the run portion of the Physical Readiness Test (PRT) during RDC "C" School. The most common reason for attrition during training is RDC PFA failure."
Interested Sailors should submit a 1306/7 (Enlisted Personnel Action Request), requesting duty as an RDC to their rating detailer.
NAVADMIN 085/13 stresses that in order to reach the 100 percent requirement of 601 RDCs (as of April 2 there were 453 RDC assigned to RTC), openings for approximately 200 RDCs are anticipated each year. Reference A of the NAVADMIN contains screening requirements and instructions for application submissions. Some of the requirements listed in the MILSPERSMAN (Military Personnel Manual) can be waived
Additional information can be found on the Navy Personnel Command (NPC) website at www.public.navy.mil/BUPERS.mil/BUPERS-NPC/enlisted detailing/shorespecialprograms/pages/RDC.aspx/ or contact Chief Yeoman Lakeshia Patterson, PERS-4010D, at (901) 874-3878/DSN 882 or Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Joshua McCullough at (901) 874-3855/DSN 882.
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