Several sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) recently selected rates after following a year-long Professional Apprenticeship Career Track (PACT) pipeline. Roosevelt, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is currently on its fourth Forward Deployed Naval Forces-Europe (FDNF-E) patrol.

In the traditional pipeline, Sailors choose a rate, or job, during their screening process to enter the Navy from an array of choices based on their ASVAB score and Navy-wide manning requirements. For some, this could present a barrier to entry – being faced with a career impacting decision so early.

The PACT program breaks down that barrier by allowing Sailors to join the Navy “undesignated,” without a rate assigned. They then go through a yearlong process that allows them to work with different rates aboard, retake the ASVAB if desired, and ultimately apply for a rate.

“PACT provides our Sailors an invaluable opportunity to get hands on experience in different rates aboard an actual, operational warship prior to making that important career decision,” said Navy Counselor 1st Class Julio Lamar, Roosevelt’s career counselor. “This program is beneficial to individuals and to the Navy as a whole – we get to match Sailors to rates that they know are right for them, and that benefits the Navy as a whole through overall job satisfaction and reenlistment rates.”