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SUBJ/SEPTEMBER 2018 (CYCLE 240) NAVY-WIDE PETTY OFFICER (E4-E6)
ADVANCEMENT EXAMINATIONS FOR USN, FULL TIME SUPPORT, AND CANVASSER
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NARR/REF A IS BUPERSINST 1430.16F, ADVANCEMENT MANUAL FOR ENLISTED
PERSONNEL OF THE U.S. NAVY AND U.S. NAVY RESERVE. REF B IS ALNAV
015/13, PERSONNEL SECURITY INVESTIGATION SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS.
REF C IS NAVADMIN 215/10, PERFORMANCE EVALUATION AND ADVANCEMENT
GUIDANCE FOR INDIVIDUAL AUGMENTEE SAILORS. REF D IS COMMANDING
OFFICER AUTHORITY TO REINSTATE UP TO E4 RANK AND ELIMINATION OF E4
ADVANCEMENT EXAMS FOR 20 RATINGS WITH ACCELERATED ADVANCEMENT.
REF E IS NAVADMIN 336/07, ADMINISTRATION OF THE NAVY-WIDE
ADVANCEMENT EXAM FOR SAILORS IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, AND THE HORN OF
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the September 2018 (Cycle 240)
Navy-wide advancement examination (NWAE) for advancement in rate of
U.S. Navy (USN), Full Time Support and Canvasser Recruiter Sailors.
a. Exam dates are:
E6 – 6 September 2018
E5 – 13 September 2018
E4 – 20 September 2018
b. In addition to the requirements of reference (a), chapter 6,
and this message, Educational Services Officers (ESO) must follow
the pre-exam preparation requirements in the exam verbatim located
2. Eligibility Requirements. Eligibility requirements are found in
reference (a), chapter 2, with the following information specific
only to Cycle 240:
a. The terminal eligibility date used to compute time-in-rate
(TIR) is 1 January 2019.
b. The minimum TIR date must be on or before:
E6 – 1 January 2016
E5 – 1 January 2018
E4 – 1 July 2018
c. E6 candidate TIR requirements for Early Promote Sailors can
be waived by one year with commanding officer (CO)/officer in charge
d. High year tenure (HYT) date must be effective 1 January 2019
or later, or HYT waiver must be approved prior to 1 September 2018.
e. Candidates in a rating requiring a security clearance must
have a favorable investigation adjudication issued by the Department
of Defense Central Adjudication Facility and it must be reflected
properly in Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) prior to 1
September 2018. If the commanding officer of the candidate grants
an interim clearance, JPAS must be updated prior to 1 September
2018. Refer to reference (b) for additional guidance. Once Sailors
have a clearance they must maintain that clearance eligibility. If
for any reason a clearance is denied or revoked, an exam is not
authorized until a new clearance is granted. Rates requiring a
security clearance are AC, AE, AG, AO, ATI, ATO, AWF, AWO, AWR, AWS,
AWV, AZ, CTI, CTM, CTN, CTR, CTT, EOD, ET, FC, FCA, GM, HT, IC, IS,
IT, LN, MA, MC, MN, ND, OS, QM, SB, SO, STG, YN, nuclear and
f. Change of rating and retention approvals must be approved
and completed before the scheduled exam date of the candidate. This
includes approvals from Navy Personnel Command and Career Waypoints.
Sailors under instruction in A school for rating conversion on the
scheduled date of the NWAE are prohibited from taking any
g. Compute performance mark average (PMA) using all evaluations
in the current rank of the candidate with an ending date that falls
within the following time periods:
E4 exam – 1 January 2018 to 31 August 2018
E5 exam – 1 June 2017 to 31 August 2018
E6 exam – 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2018
h. For additional guidance on computing PMA, refer to reference
(a), chapter 3. For PMA guidance for Individual Augmentee (IA)
Sailors refer to reference (c).
i. Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (CTI) Sailors must
achieve a minimum of L2/R2 on their most recent Defense Language
Proficiency Test (DLPT) in their primary language, as assigned by
their CO, within 12 months of NWAE. Any CTI whose primary language
DLPT is over 12 months old must receive an advancement cycle
participation waiver from the Navy Language, Regional Expertise, and
Culture Office (OPNAV (N13F)). Any CTI whose primary language DLPT
has expired must possess a valid Inability to Test waiver from
OPNAV (N13F) in order to participate in the advancement cycle.
j. Sailors assigned to a Submarine source rating must be
physically qualified, in line with Submarine Qualification
Designation for Enlisted Members (MILPERSMAN 1220-040) or be in the
process of rating conversion to a non-submarine rating to be
eligible for advancement. Submarine Sailors that are designated in
training for submarine qualifications are allowed to participate in
k. In line with reference (d), the following 20 ratings from
the Advanced Electronics Field, Advanced Technical Field, and
Nuclear Field Programs are considered accelerated advancement
ratings and the associated E4 advancement exam for each is
eliminated: AWF, AWO, AWR, AWS, AWV, CTI, CTN, EMN, EOD, ET, ETN,
FC, FCA, IS, ITS, MMN, MT, ND, SB, and SO.
3. Exam Ordering
a. Deploying commands can order exams up to 6 months prior to
the scheduled exam date. Exams required prior to the TIR list
opening are ordered via message or in the preferred message format
via e-mail to sfly_N321_exam_order(at)navy.mil following the
guidelines in chapter 4 and figure 4-1 of reference (a). Specify in
the subject line the order request is for early exams. Ensure a
point of contact (POC) is included in the message. Refer to
reference (e) for IA Sailors who are pending deployment to, or are
deployed to and operating in congressionally designated combat zones
and approved contingency operations areas.
b. CTI/Cryptologic Technician-Network (CTN)/Cryptologic
Technician-Collection (CTR) Sensitive Compartmented Information
(SCI) exam ordering dates can be found on the Navy Enlisted
Advancement System (NEAS) Web at https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil.
(1) ESO must verify initial Active TIR eligibility lists on
NEAS Web for exam ordering.
(2) Additional exams are ordered in message format via e-
mail to sfly_cryptologic.products(at)navy.mil or via message
following the guidelines of reference (a), chapter 4. Commands
should replace SHIP TO UIC on the message format with their
Department of Defense Activity Address Code account number. In
addition, include POC, and the number of exams required with full
name, rate, and Department of Defense Identification number. The
deadline for additional orders is 1 June 2018. The deadline for SCI
substitute exam orders is 4 September 2018.
c. Exam ordering for non-SCI exams begins 30 May 2018. ESOs
must verify TIR eligibility lists on NEAS Web during the following
(1) Initial TIR lists will be available:
E6 – 30 May 2018 to 24 June 2018
E5 – 30 May 2018 to 8 July 2018
E4 – 30 May 2018 to 19 July 2018
(2) Additional TIR lists will be available:
E6 – 25 June 2018 to 31 July 2018
E5 – 9 July 2018 to 5 August 2018
E4 – 20 July 2018 to 5 August 2018
(3) Exams ordered after the TIR lists have closed shall be
ordered via message or in message format via e-mail to
sfly_N321_exam_order(at)navy.mil following the guidelines in chapter
4 of reference (a). Ensure a POC is included in the message. Every
effort will be taken to send regular exams, otherwise, substitute
exams will be sent.
d. Commands must select the appropriate exams (i.e., NCC/NCR,
e. Substitute exams must be kept to a minimum and require
justification as stipulated in chapter 4 of reference (a).
(1) Naval Education and Training Professional Development
Center (NETPDC) is the approval authority for all substitute exams.
The deadline for ordering non-SCI substitute examinations is 5
(2) Recent graduates of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program
training pipeline on transfer leave enroute to their first at-sea
assignment during the E4/E5 examination date will have substitute
examinations ordered for them by their ultimate duty station if
dates permit exam ordering before the published deadline.
f. ESOs must verify the examination order at the “View Previous
Exam Orders” link via NEAS Web within 14 days of placing the order.
If discrepancies are noted, contact the Exam Ordering and
Discrepancies Branch NETPDC (N321).
g. USN candidates in the following ratings are separated into
the following competitive groups:
Group 1 – Middle East/North Africa
Group 2 – East/Far East
Group 3 – Latin/South America
Group 4 – Eastern Europe
(2) EMN, ETN, and MMN
Group 1 – Submarine
Group 2 – Surface
Group 3 Training
4. Exam Administration and Answer Sheet Returns
a. For exam administration and answer sheet return
instructions, refer to the exam verbatim at
b. ESO must check the exam tote board on NEAS Web at
https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil/Public/Toteboard.aspx often to
ensure answer sheets have been received and processed. Answer
sheets that are in error will not be counted until they are
c. Substitute examinations must be administered within seven
days of receipt.
d. A detailed discrepancy list will be maintained on NEAS Web.
For guidance on correcting discrepancies, refer to reference (a),
chapter 7. In addition to processing discrepancy corrections via
letter or message, NETPDC will also accept discrepancy corrections
by encrypted e-mail.
e. Refer to reference (e) regarding procedures for missed E4-E6
IA candidates. Missed exam cycle considerations are not an
automatic process. Commands must submit the command letter of
transmittal and worksheet or answer sheet.
5. Exam Results
a. E4-E6 results will be provided via Bureau of Naval Personnel
On-Line to authorized command representatives prior to release of
b. Commands are directed to verify the examination status
verification report on NEAS Web for accuracy before frocking and/or
advancement of E4-E6 candidates.
c. Individual Sailors may view/download their profile sheet at
6. Any additional information regarding this cycle will be posted
on NEAS Web.
7. Points of contact:
a. Navy Personnel Command Customer Service Center:
866-U-ASK-NPC or via e-mail at uasknpc(at)navy.mil.
b. SCI exam questions and orders: (850) 473-5867/DSN 753 or
via e-mail at sfly_cryptologic.products(at)navy.mil.
c. Exam orders, records, and discrepancies: (850) 473-6148/DSN
753 or via e-mail at sfly_N321_exam_order(at)navy.mil, or
8. For further information, to include exam verbatim and other
related documents, visit NEAS Web at
9. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or
canceled, whichever occurs first.
10. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//