Programs Officer (EPO)/Chief Recruiter (CR) and the
NRS RINC. Most districts also will route copies to the
ZS. Training directed to the discrepancies noted on
these forms must be conducted at the station level.
Trends or frequent errors should be included in zone
training evolutions. If you find your zone or station
experiencing problems in kit quality, consider inviting
Navy processing personnel out for training. Not only
can they provide expert processing information, but the
rapport built during these training evolutions can help
build the team concept and get away from the
we/they syndrome that can only inhibit smooth
Recruiters should make sure all applicants view the
of Preexisting Medical
Conditions before they report to MEPS. Videos may be
requested from COMNAVCRUITCOM, Code 514.
Preliminary physical screening should be accomplished
by the recruiter for all applicants for enlistment. This is
done by completing the Applicant Pm-Screening Form,
DD Form 2246, which is required in the preenlistment
kit. In addition, recruiters are encouraged to review the
SF 88 and SF 93 with each applicant before he or she
is sent to MEPS for a physical examination. Identifying
preexisting medical conditions can save recruiters time
and prevent unnecessary applicant delay.
Documentation of known conditions can be obtained to
assist the MEPS medical staff in making a
determination. Remember, red carpet service is a key to
better MEPS conversion ratios. Thorough blueprinting
can smooth the way for physical processing.
Every applicant is interviewed by an enlisted
classifier or canvasser recruiter classifier to determine
occupational interest, motivation, and qualifications for
placement into an appropriate enlistment program.
Personalized Recruiting for Immediate and
After the applicant has been certified as qualified
for the program desired, the enlisted classifier uses the
Personalized Recruiting for Immediate and Delayed
Enlistment (PRIDE) terminal to obtain the desired
program and the shipping window or date. More than
one reservation per applicant at one time is not
PRIDE Reservation Categories
The following categories of PRIDE reservations are
used as appropriate.
DELAYED ENTRY PROGRAM. D E P
reservations are made for all personnel for whom a
United States Naval Reserve (USNR) DEP contract is
executed, regardless of when they are actually shipped.
DIRECT SHIP. Direct Ship (DIR) reservations are
made for personnel who will begin active duty within
24 hours and for whom no USNR (DEP) contract is
DIRECT DEPOSIT DEP. A direct deposit DEP
(DDD) is a reservation with a signed contract that does
not count as a new contract until the following month,
when they are converted to a DIR or DEP.
DELAYED ENTRY. Delayed entry (DEL)
reservations may be made when no contract is executed
but the applicant is fully qualified for enlistment in a
specific program. An example of a case where a DEL
reservation might be made would be when an applicant
wishes to discuss the options with his or her parents.
DEL reservations never can be held for more than 10
DELAYED ENLLISTMENT RESERVE. The
Delayed Enlistment Reserve (DER) program was
developed in June 1989 to allow school reservations for
Reserve/Guard personnel without requiring immediate
enlistment into the DEP. Reservations for all types of
Reserve component members must be made via the
DER program whether or not an approved Request for
Discharge or Clearance from Reserve Component, DD
Form 368, is obtained. An approved DD Form 368
must be obtained before shipping. DER reservations are
authorized for a period not to exceed 365 days and are
not counted as new contracts. On the actual ship date,
DERs are converted to DIR reservations.
Recruiters are responsible for briefing applicants
about the processing procedures they will go through at
MEPS. In addition, they should brief all applicants on
conditions of Navy life, the Navys drug policy,
prescribed medications at the RTC, the Enlisted
Statement of Understanding, the Montgomery G.I. Bill,
RTC smoking restrictions, and the Navys health care