Naval Construction Brigade (COMSECONDNCB),
and Commander, Third Naval Construction Brigade
(COMTHIRDNCB), which are issued in their joint
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 953), 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
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
PRCP STANDARDS AND GUIDES
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 individuals 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
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 other