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 unit's 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 major categories:
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 Defintions, 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.
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 manuals - one 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, 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 individual's skill update record (fig. 1-1). Skill information is forwarded to the unit's 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 unit's 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 areContinue Reading