Naval Construction Brigade (COMSECONDNCB), and Commander, Third Naval Construction Brigade (COMTHIRDNCB), which are issued in their joint instruction COMSECOND/COMTHIRDNCBINST 1500.1 (series). This instruction identifies and defines the skills required for peacetime and contingency operations to be met and it specifies the required number of personnel to be trained in each skill. These skills are classified into the following five major categories:
1. Individual general skills (PRCP 040 - 090). These are essentially knowledge skills related to two or more ratings, such as material liaison office operation (PRCP 040), instructing (PRCP 080), and safety (PRCP 090).
2. Individual rating skills (PRCP 100 - 760). These are primarily manipulative skills associated with one of the seven Occupational Field 13 (Construction) ratings. Some examples are light-frame construction (PRCP 150), for the Builder; cable splicing (PRCP 237), for the Construction Electrician; and shore-based boiler operation (PRCP 720), for the Utilitiesman.
3. Individual special skills (PRCP 800 - 830). These are technical skills performed by personnel in several ratings, including people that are not in Occupational Field 13; for example, forklift operation (PRCP 800), ham radio operation (PRCP 840), and typing (PRCP 803).
4. Military skills (PRCP 901 - 981). These skills are further classified into the following three subcategories: mobilization, disaster recovery, and Seabee combat readiness. Examples are aircraft embarkation (PRCP 902), M-16 rifle use and familiarization (PRCP 93), disaster recovery, and heavy rescue (PRCP 979).
5. Crew experience skills (PRCP 1000A - 1010A). These skills are obtained through on-the-job training (OJT). Most projects are related to advanced base construction, such as observation tower (PRCP 1002A), fire fighting (PRCP 1009A), and bunker construction (PRCP 1008A).
A skill inventory has three principal steps. First, each skill is closely defined and divided into task elements. Second, a standard procedure for obtaining the information is developed. This procedure helps make sure the information is collected and that it meets with certain standards of acceptability. The third step is the actual collection of the skill data and it includes the procedures for submitting the data to the data bank.
Skill definitions alone contain insufficient information to classify people accurately, and they do not provide any cl ossification procedures. Therefore, in recognizing this fact, the Civil Engineer Support Office (CESO) conducted special Seabee workshops. As a result, the PRCP, NAVFAC P-458, Standards and Guides, was developed under the guidance of CESO. The interviewing procedures as set forth in the PRCP Standards and Guides allow the trained interviewer to classify people to a predetermined skill level with an acceptable degree of uniformity. With your knowledge of the tasks required, you are authorized to classify others to an appropriate skill level by observing their performance, either in training or on the job.
Skill information obtained by interview or observation is recorded on the individual's skill update record. This form is then generated by each command and may vary in format. The skill information is then forwarded to the S-7 department. This is recorded on the Seabee Automated Mobile Management System (SAMMS) and then forwarded to the appropriate Naval Construction Regiment (NCR). The information is reviewed, the skill deficiencies are determined, and training requirements are established to maintain the readiness of the unit. Complete instructions and information for the use of the PRCP skill update record and other PRCP data processing information can be obtained from the training officer (S-7), or NAVFAC P-458, Standards and Guides for Builder, volume 1, and COMSECONDNCB/COMTHIRDNCBINST 1500.1 (series).
As a crew leader, you are directly responsible for using the PRCP Standards and Guides to assist a designated interviewer in maintaining an accurate skill profile on your personnel. You are also responsible for providing the initial information for the PRCP data bank. Any subsequent updating of this initial information for each person is based on their performance while on the job (which you observe), completed training, and regular interviews. Newly reported personnel, regardless of previous assignment, require an interview within 30 days from reporting onboard an NCF unit.
Two types of PRCP interviews are in use today. The first and most important is the individual rating skill interviews. The second type is simply called otherContinue Reading