My daughter is scheduled to PIR in February of 2011. She is in the PACT program. Do they go right away to assignment, do they stay in GL for further training or do they pick an A school after a certain amount of time being an apprentice in this program. Any information would be appreciated.
Almost every job given to applicants these days is a SG job (SG = school guarantee). Sometimes jobs without a school guarantee will be given, ie PACT jobs. PACT stands for PROFESSIONAL APPRENTICESHIP CAREER TRACK. Basically, an applicant gets either a. Surface/Seaman (S-PACT) b. Aviation/Airman (A-PACT) c. Engineering/Fireman (E-PACT) and instead of getting a guaranteed A-school after bootcamp, they get a few week course in whatever field they chose. When they are in bootcamp, they can get a different job if they request an A-school and one is available.
When the person gets to their first duty station, they will be an undesignated airman, fireman, or seaman. They will work in that field, and will have the option to 'strike' a rating at a later time.
People think its good because the person isnt locked into one specific job and can basically see all the jobs the Navy has and try for whatever job they like. People think its bad because the person joins the Navy without a specific job.
It doesn't guarantee them a SPECIFIC school but it does guarantee that they will go to an "A" school eventually.
And it doesn't have any impact on her pay or advancement because E1 through E3 is automatically obtained when you complete the time requirements. So your job during this times doesn't matter. And no, she won't be able to change anything at this time.
I hope this info is correct, I got it from an older post
thanks for the reply. I am still trying to learn all of this. one last question - she went in as an E3. does that mean she is stuck there until she acutally gets to an A school? I am hoping that she requested an A school while she is at BC right now since there were 2 tracks she wanted but the recruiter told her that she would wait months unless she went in the PACT program and then she should try for what she wanted. Hope the recruiter is right.
The odds of her getting an "A" School while in bootcamp are really slim, also once she is out of bootcamp and at her PACT school she can't request a school. Once she is at her first command she must be there at least 12 months prior to requesting an "A" School, than it could even be another 12 months prior to her leaving to go to the school.
She doesn't have to go to "A" School to take the E4 exam, she can request to take the exam but it is very limited on what rates she can take the exam for. Also she can't just say she wants to take the exam for something, there has to be an opening and she has be qualified for that rate.
What rate was she trying for?