16 March 2005
||Muster (roll-call and announcements)
|7:10 - 7:30
||Roll-call in the course room
|7:30 - 12:30
||Study and auditing: No scheduled breaks, always arguments of
being hungry and not fully able to study effectively. You have
to sneak out and quickly get down some food that you managed to
stash away in your locker or other hiding place, usually
leftover food from lunch or dinner the day before.
|12:30 - 12:50
||Muster with the RPF I/C, announcements and organizing for
working "on the decks", etc.
|1:00 - 6:00
||Hard work on the decks, usually construction, renovations or
|6:00 - 6:20
||Dinner (Last and 4th seating on the base, when all other 600
staff from all the orgs are done eating. RPF also has to clean
up, take out garbage, take all the serving dishes to the galley,
|6:20 - 6:40
||Muster/roll call. Sometimes with the RPF I/C, not always.
|6:40 - 8:20
||Back to construction and cleaning work. The time on the
decks is 8 hours and 5 hours study. One has to "work hard" to
"earn your own redemption" to be able to get back in the group.
Your hard work is supposed to upgrade the buildings and the
environment and thereby create income.
|8:20 - 8:50
||Clean up tools, complete I/P projects and transport back to
the base if away on some other work site.
|8:50 - 9:10
||20 minutes to take a shower with another 50 or so guys in
about 8 stalls. The showers are on the 6th floor and all RPFers
have to take the stairs and can not use the elevator unless
approved by the Medical Liaison Officer and the RPF I/C. (Few
are approved.) In other words, the guys that have been on the
program for a few years have been running up and down those
stairs to the top floor over a thousand times!
|9:10 - 9:30
||Clean berthing area.
|9:30 - 9:50
||Muster with the RPF I/C, sometimes longer (until 10:00 PM).
|9:50 - 10:10
||Brush teeth, prepare to secure. In some of the rooms where
30 to 50 people are berthed in 4 tier bunks, this involves
sharing a bathroom and standing in line to slide into your bunk,
as there is not room for more than few at a time to get into
||Lights out. Per the schedule RPFers are entitled to 7 hours
of sleep in order to be able to study and go in session to get
through the program. This is usually enforced and rarely
compromised with. There is basically NO TIME for anything else;
you are supposed to write the few letters and personal things
you need to handle in the 20 min lunch and dinner break! This is
when you are standing in line for 5-10 minutes and only get
10-15 minutes to eat! You literally have to shove it down your
throat and run to the next muster.
This is the basic schedule for an RPFer "on the decks". Sometimes it
changes, like when someone got the fabulous idea to have us all get up
at 5 am so that we would be even less likely to be seen by the other
staff. Nobody was "sessionable" at that ungodly hour, so they
eventually changed it back. Other times there might be a Hill 10 or a
special project, and then study time is cut back or canceled.
There is a smaller RPF unit called the Tech Unit, these are the
RPFers who have advanced on the program and are well into or near the
end, and are now acting as Course Supervisors, C/Ses and Co-Audit
supervisors for the rest of the RPF. If you are in the Tech Unit your 8
hours of deck time is cut down to 3 as you have to spend the other 5
hours supervising and assisting the other ones on top of your own 5
hours of study.
The only person who is not in the RPF is the RPF I/C himself, who is
posted in the Qualifications Division of the CLO (Continental Liaison
Office) and responsible for getting everybody through and graduated. His
final "product" is someone who graduates. His stats haven't been very
good the past few years, especially with so many bogging down at the end
on the new "Final Assessment". I wrote about it earlier. (It is
basically an extensive sec check on disagreements with Management, DM,
etc.) So maybe he should CSW to have his stat changed to "Offloads,
Fitness Boards and SP Declares"!