AWARENESS ADVOCATESFACT SHEET
REHABILITATION PROJECT FORCE (RPF)
This fact sheet reviews the confinement programs and camps that Scientology operates assupposedly rehabilitative facilities for “deviant” members of its “elite” Sea Organization(SO). These programs, known collectively as the Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF), putcoerced participants through regimes of harsh physical punishment, forced self-confessions, social isolation, hard labor, and intense doctrinal study, all as part of leadership-designed efforts to regain members’ ideological commitment. The confinementthat participants experience, combined with forms of physical maltreatment, intensiveideological study, and forced confessions, allows social scientists to speak of the RPF as a“brainwashing” program.Critics and many former members insist that the purpose of the RPF is to break the will of inmates in a manner that minimizes people’s abilities to operate outside of the ideologicalconstraints of the organization. They also argue that it provides Scientology with a low-costlabor force because (willing and unwilling) participants receive almost no salaries. In anycase, newspapers have reported about the program since at least 1984, with storiesappearing in American, British, Danish, and German media.
In January 1974, according to Hubbard, “the RPF has been created by the Commodore[Hubbard] so that redemption can occur. That is basically its only purpose.” He identifiedfour categories of people who were to be assigned to the RPF: “rockslammers” (peopledeemed to have hidden evil intentions, as detected by the E-meter); people who wereunproductive and scored poorly on the Oxford Capacity Analysis personality test; “repeatedstat crashers”, people who were held responsible for declines in Scientology organizations’productivity; and “overt product makers”, people who produced poor-quality work. The unitwas to work on “one job, one place, one time.” In addition to at least eight hours of physicallabor (usually building renovation), a five-hour study period was implemented each day toimprove the individuals’ knowledge of Scientology.The RPF was originally intended to last no more than a couple of months, however sentences are open-ended and may last as long as10 years with approximately $11 per week in pay. The Church of Scientology claims the RPF is entirely voluntary, however,refusal to go results in being thrown out of the Sea Org.
RULES FOR RPF
According to Scientology Order #3434RB, an inmate:1. “Has no liberties.”2. “Any travel between buildings is accompanied by a Security Guard.”3. “May not enter staff or public areas.”4. “May not have with them in the RPF any drugs.”5. “May not have with them... newspapers, TV, any music, radio, books.”Additionally, they are berthed in dormitories isolated from the rest of the staff in housing 30or 40 people in bunk beds stacked three-high. They may not speak to or approach staff or public or outside public (people in the community) unless spoken to. They address all other staff and even public as “Sir,” whether male or female. They must wear a distinctive black