Can anyone enlighten me on what exactly the MA PRP program is? My son is currently in his "A" school in San Antonio and was not excited to learn that his assignment for the next 4 years (?) would be at Kings Bay, GA "in the PRP program".
He will be guarding Nuclear, Chemical, or Biological weapon sites....Kings Bay is a Trident sub base.
Did I hear him correctly when he said that the assignment also entails another year of training with a Marine unit?
...probably entails some advanced Security training...but I think that it is "on the job" if you will...not a separate school for a year. I know someone who just got out of A School and got assigned to PRP at a different location. She started immediately. Hopefully there is a Dad here who can tell you more than I regarding PRP.
Check out this link. It will explain a lot.http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/usa/doctrine/dod/dodd-5210_42.htm
Thanks much. Cool about the M240. You must be proud. Maybe Colin will up there with Kasea soon.
That would be cool. Hopefully he gets Kasea's section. Some of the others have morale issues. With Kasea, he'll get a "straight shooter." :-)
When my daughter got to WA, she was training in a combined Navy/Marine unit. They moved the Navy people out of that unit and she was able to go to a strictly Navy unit (Harbor Patrol). She started out as a gunner (considering that while she was training with the Marines, she qualified on the M240, outshooting the Marines). She got her coxswain qualification and now she is a boat captain. The hours are long (8 hours on the water, 4 PFT, and 4 embarking/debarking boats, approx). She also gets called on her days off to augment, which makes for a LONG week.
Her training with the Marine unit was not formal, it was just where she initially got assigned. She prefers working with the Navy unit.
My son is in Silverdale doing it. He does not like it at all. It is a very lonely detail. The best advice is to try to get some college courses done while he is there. He won't go any where for the duration of his deployment, so he might as well take advantage of it.
From what Kasea told me, there are three or four units, and several sections in each unit. So, I guess it depends on which one he is in. Kasea likes Harbor Patrol, it's just the hours that kill her. Leaves her no time for training on her bicycle, as she rides for the US Military Endurance Sports Team.
I agree with continuing education. I think they have to wait a certain amount of time (1 year?). Kasea has been looking into Master's programs. Hopefully, she'll start that up soon. She's hoping to finish it off by the time she ends this assignment. I would really like to see her finish off her Doctorate. If they allow her enough time...
My son tells me he is getting "classed up" tomorrow in A school. He has been leaning toward the PRP program because he has been told by someone at Lackland that he can rank up much quicker by going this route. Any thoughts or info on that? He told me that there might be several different overseas duty stations available as well. Again, any info on either one of these would be helpful to pass along to him. he was told that that will probably know their orders sometime in the next three weeks.