data bank is questionable. Unreliable data can result
in unnecessary retraining, reduced manpower
availability, or skill deficiencies. The PRCP is the
management tool used to determine a units readiness
and skill deficiencies, It is used in conjunction with
the requirements established by the Commander,
Second Naval Construction Brigade (COM2ND-
NCB), and the Commander, Third Naval Construction
Brigade (COM3RDNCB), which are issued in their
joint instruction COMSECOND/COMTHIRDNCB-
INST 1500.1 (series). Additionally, these skills have
been conveniently classified into the following five
1. Individual general skills (PRCP 040 - 090).
These are essentially nonmanipulative skills
(knowledge) 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 804), and
typing (PRCP 803).
4. Military skills (PRCP 901 - 981). These skills
are further classified into three subcategories:
mobilization, disaster recovery, and Seabee combat
readiness. Examples are aircraft embarkation (PRCP
902); M-16 rifle use and familiarization (PRCP 953);
and disaster recovery, heavy rescue (PRCP 979).
5. Crew experience skills (PRCP 1000A - 1010A).
These skills are gained by working with others on
specific projects. Most of these 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 broken down into task
elements. Second, a standard procedure for obtaining
the information is developed. This procedure helps to
ensure that the information, regardless of where it is
collected or by whom, meets certain standards of
acceptability. The third step is the actual collection of
the skill data and includes the procedures for
submitting the data to the data bank.
PRCP, NAVFAC P-458, volume I, Skill Defini-
tions, contains a definition for every PRCP skill
identified in the PRCP. Each definition has been
jointly approved by COM2NDNCB and COM3RD-
NCB and applies to the entire NCF.
PRCP Standards and Guides
The skill definitions alone do not contain
sufficiently detailed information to accurately classify
people, nor do they provide any classification
procedures. Recognizing this, the Civil Engineer
Support Office (CESO) conducted special Seabee
workshops where the PRCP, NAVFAC P-458,
volume II, Standards and Guides, was developed
under the guidance of CESO. This volume consists of
seven separate manualsone for each Seabee rating.
The PRCP Standards and Guides is the principal tool
used in collecting and updating skill data. By
following the interviewing procedures in the PRCP
Standards and Guides, a trained interviewer is able to
classify people to a predetermined skill level with an
acceptable degree of uniformity. With a thorough
knowledge of the tasks required of each skill, anyone
so authorized can classify others to an appropriate skill
level by actually observing them perform the tasks,
either in training or on the job.
Skill information obtained by interview or
observation is recorded on the individuals skill
update record (fig. 1-1). Skill information is
forwarded to the units training department where it is
recorded on the Seabee Automated Mobile
Management System (SAMMS) and forwarded to the
appropriate Naval Construction Regiment (NCR). The
information is reviewed, skill deficiencies
determined, and training requirements established to
maintain the units readiness. Complete instructions
and information for using the PRCP skill update
record, and other PRCP data processing information,
can be obtained from the training officer of the units
participating in the program.
As a crew/squad 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 also are