ADMINISTRATION OF THE NAVY-WIDE ADVANCEMENT EXAMINATION FOR /SAILORS IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, AND THE HORN OF AFRICA

R 301851Z MAY 07
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//
TO NAVADMIN
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//
UNCLAS //N01430//
NAVADMIN 139/07
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/MAY// 
SUBJ/ADMINISTRATION OF THE NAVY-WIDE ADVANCEMENT EXAMINATION FOR 
/SAILORS IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, AND THE HORN OF AFRICA// 


RMKS/1.  THIS NAVADMIN SUPERSEDES NAVADMIN 290/06 AND PROVIDES OPTIONS 
FOR ADMINISTERING NAVY-WIDE EXAMINATIONS TO SAILORS WHO ARE PENDING 
DEPLOYMENT TO, OR ARE DEPLOYED AND OPERATING IN, IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, OR 
THE HORN OF AFRICA. THESE GUIDELINES WILL APPLY TO E4 THROUGH E7 
EXAMINATIONS FOR BOTH ACTIVE DUTY AND RESERVE PERSONNEL.
2.  EFFECTIVE WITH THE ACTIVE DUTY CYCLE 196 (SEP 07) AND THE INACTIVE 
DUTY (RESERVE) CYCLE 081 (AUG 07) ADVANCEMENT EXAMINATIONS, THERE ARE 
FOUR NAVY-WIDE ADVANCEMENT POLICIES WHICH ARE EXPANDED FOR PERSONNEL 
WHO ARE PENDING DEPLOYMENT TO, OR ARE DEPLOYED AND OPERATING IN, IRAQ, 
AFGHANISTAN, OR THE HORN OF AFRICA.
    A.  IN-COUNTRY EXAMINATION ADMINISTRATION:
        (1) COMMANDING OFFICERS MAY AUTHORIZE EXAMINATION 
ADMINISTRATION WHEN THEY DETERMINE THE AREA IS CONDUCIVE TO EXAM 
ADMINISTRATION AND THE SAILORS HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PREPARE. 
        (2) PROCEDURES FOR IN-COUNTRY EXAMINATION ADMINISTRATION ARE 
DISCUSSED IN PARA 4.
    B.  EARLY EXAMINATIONS PRIOR TO DEPARTING FOR ASSIGNMENT IN IRAQ, 
AFGHANISTAN OR THE HORN OF AFRICA:
        (1) SAILORS WHO ARE WITHIN 60 DAYS OF A PENDING DEPLOYMENT TO 
IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, OR THE HORN OF AFRICA, AND ARE ELIGIBLE IN ALL 
RESPECTS, MAY REQUEST AN EARLY EXAMINATION. 
        (2) PROCEDURES FOR EARLY EXAMINATION ADMINISTRATION ARE 
CONTAINED IN PARA 6.
    C.  EXAMINATIONS MISSED DUE TO ASSIGNMENT IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN OR 
THE HORN OF AFRICA:
        (1) SAILORS WHO ARE OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE IN ALL RESPECTS TO 
PARTICIPATE IN AN EXAMINATION CYCLE, ARE CURRENTLY DEPLOYED TO IRAQ, 
AFGHANISTAN OR THE HORN OF AFRICA, BUT ARE NOT ABLE TO TAKE THE 
EXAMINATION WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE NEXT REGULARLY SCHEDULED NAVY- WIDE 
EXAMINATION UPON THEIR RETURN.
        (2) EXAMINATIONS FOR THESE SAILORS WILL BE SCORED AGAINST THE 
MISSED CYCLE(S) AND ADVANCEMENTS WILL BE APPLIED RETROACTIVELY AS 
NECESSARY.  
        (3) PROCEDURES FOR ADMINISTERING EXAMINATIONS TO THESE SAILORS 
ARE CONTAINED IN PARA 7 AND 8.
    D.  SELECTION BOARD ELIGIBLE (SBE) WAIVERS:
        (1) E-6 SAILORS WHO WERE PREVIOUSLY SBE AND MEET THE 
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS OF THIS NAVADMIN ARE WAIVED FROM THE 
ADVANCEMENT EXAMINATION REQUIREMENT FOR E-7.  ALL OTHER ADVANCEMENT 
REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET. 
        (2) PROCEDURES FOR VALIDATING SAILORS SBE ARE CONTAINED IN PARA 
9.
3.  ELIGIBILITY
    A.  ELIGIBLE AREAS.  SAILORS MUST BE DEPLOYED OR DEPLOYING TO IRAQ, 
AFGHANISTAN OR THE HORN OF AFRICA (COUNTRIES OF DJIBOUTI, ETHIOPIA, 
ERITREA AND SOMALIA). 
        (1) IN-COUNTRY ASSIGNMENT DOES NOT INCLUDE: ASSIGNMENTS IN 
COUNTRIES BORDERING THE ELIGIBLE AREAS (KUWAIT, BAHRAIN, ETC.), FLIGHTS 
OVER THE ELIGIBLE AREAS OR SHIPS OPERATING OUTSIDE THE ELIGIBLE AREAS. 
SAILORS MUST HAVE BOOTS-ON-GROUND IN THE SPECIFIED AREAS, CURRENTLY 
IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN OR THE HORN OF AFRICA.
    B.  ELIGIBLE ASSIGNMENTS.  AN ELIGIBLE ASSIGNMENT IS ONE IN WHICH 
THE SAILOR IS REQUIRED TO SERVE AT LEAST 30 CONSECUTIVE DAYS IN ONE OF 
THE ELIGIBLE AREAS.  SAILORS ARE ELIGIBLE PRIOR TO COMPLETING THE 30 
CONSECUTIVE DAYS AS LONG AS THE ASSIGNMENT IS SCHEDULED FOR 30 
CONSECUTIVE DAYS OR MORE.  STANDBY OR ALTERNATE ASSIGNMENTS ARE NOT 
QUALIFYING UNLESS OFFICIAL ORDERS ARE ISSUED CHANGING THE STATUS TO
PRIMARY.   
    C.  ELIGIBLE TIMEFRAMES 
        (1) ELIGIBILITY COMMENCES ON THE DEPLOYMENT DATE, WHICH IS 
DEFINED AS THE DATE PERSONNEL DEPART THEIR HOME DUTY STATION ENROUTE TO 
AN IN-COUNTRY ASSIGNMENT (TO INCLUDE THE INDOCTRINATION AND TRAINING 
PIPELINE SPECIFIC TO THE ASSIGNMENT) BUT NOT INCLUDING ANY PERSONAL 
LEAVE.
        (2) ELIGIBILITY CONTINUES THROUGH THE DATE PERSONNEL RETURN 
FROM THEIR ASSIGNMENT AT THEIR HOMEPORT/PERMANENT DUTY STATION. 
        (3) THE ACTUAL DAYS OF DETACHMENT AND RETURN ARE ELIGIBLE DATES 
FOR THIS WAIVER.
4.  IN-COUNTRY EXAMINATION ADMINISTRATION 
    A.  NAVY-WIDE EXAMINATIONS MAY NOT BE ADMINISTERED TO PERSONNEL 
SERVING IN-COUNTRY IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, AND HORN OF AFRICA WITHOUT 
CERTIFICATION THAT THE ENVIRONMENT IS CONDUCIVE TO EXAMINATION 
ADMINISTRATION WITHOUT THE NEED TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONVOY AND THE 
AFFECTED SAILORS HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PREPARE TO PARTICIPATE.
    B.  COMMANDING OFFICERS WILL SUBMIT A REQUEST VIA THEIR 
ADMINISTRATIVE CHAIN OF COMMAND (SEE EXAMPLES BELOW). 
        (1) NAVY UNIT CO SUBMITS TO FIRST COMMANDER IN ADMIN COC (NMCB 
CO TO REGIMENTAL COMMODORE).
        (2) FMF UNIT FWD SUBMITS TO MEF/MLG/MAW FWD (BN CO TO MEF).
        (3) NAVY PROVISIONAL UNIT CO SUBMITS TO NAVCENT COUNTRY TEAM 
DETACHMENT (CO CAMP BUCCA TO NAVCENT IRAQ DETACHMENT).
        (4) OTHER SERVICE CO SUBMITS TO NAVCENT COUNTRY TEAM DETACHMENT 
(AFGHANISTAN PRT CO SUBMITS TO NAVCENT AFGHANISTAN DETACHMENT)
    C.  THE FOLLOWING CERTIFICATION PROCEDURES APPLY:
        (1) LETTER HEAD SIGNED BY COMMANDER, CO, OIC OR ACTING.
        (2) BY DIRECTION SIGNATURE IS NOT AUTHORIZED.
        (3) SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION OF APPROVAL IN ANSWER SHEET 
TRANSMITTAL PACKAGE AFTER ADMINISTRATION OF EXAMINATIONS.
    D.  ALL SAILORS COMPETING FOR E4 TO E6 WHO ARE FULLY QUALIFIED FOR 
ADVANCEMENT WILL BE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN AN EXAMINATION ONCE A 
LOCATION IS CERTIFIED AS CONDUCIVE TO EXAMINATION ADMINISTRATION.  
LOCAL COMMANDERS CANNOT IDENTIFY PARTICULAR PERSONNEL OR PARTICULAR 
RATINGS AS ELIGIBLE/INELIGIBLE.  THE CERTIFICATION WILL APPLY TO ALL 
ASSIGNED PERSONNEL.
    E.  E7 CANDIDATES WHO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A SBE WAIVER (SEE 
PARA 9) DO NOT NEED TO PARTICIPATE IN AN EXAMINATION EVEN IF A LOCATION 
HAS BEEN CERTIFIED AS CONDUCIVE TO EXAMINATION ADMINISTRATION. 
    F.  EXAMINATIONS SHALL BE ADMINISTERED FOLLOWING THE PROCEDURES IN 
CHAPTER SIX OF BUPERSINST 1430.16E (NAVY ADVANCEMENT MANUAL). 
    G.  FOR EXAMINATIONS ADMINISTERED IN-COUNTRY, COMMANDS SHOULD 
DETERMINE IF A REGULAR OR SUBSTITUTE EXAMINATION IS APPROPRIATE.  
REGULAR EXAMINATIONS ARE ADMINISTERED AS FOLLOWS:
        (1) ACTIVE DUTY E-7   THIRD THURSDAY IN JANUARY.
        (2) ACTIVE DUTY E-6   FIRST THURSDAY IN MARCH AND SEPTEMBER.
        (3) ACTIVE DUTY E-5   SECOND THURSDAY IN MARCH AND SEPTEMBER.
        (4) ACTIVE DUTY E-4   THIRD THURSDAY IN MARCH AND SEPTEMBER.
        (5) RESERVE E-7   DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY.  AUTHORITY IS
GRANTED TO ADMINISTER THE RESERVE EXAMINATIONS TO RECALLED SELRES 
CANDIDATES WITH THE REGULAR NAVY CANDIDATES IN JANUARY ON THE DAY 
SPECIFIED ABOVE.  THE SELRES CANDIDATES ARE STILL REQUIRED TO TAKE THE 
RESERVE (NOT
ACTIVE DUTY) EXAMINATION FOR APPROPRIATE FINAL MULTIPLE CALCULATION.       
        (6) RESERVE E-6, E-5, E-4 - DURING THE MONTHS OF FEBRUARY AND 
AUGUST.  THESE EXAMINATIONS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BE ADMINISTERED ON A 
SPECIFIC DATE OR TO ALL SAILORS ON THE SAME DATE WITHIN THE SAME 
COMMAND. 
AUTHORITY IS GRANTED TO ADMINISTER THE RESERVE EXAMINATIONS TO RECALLED 
SELRES CANDIDATES WITH THE REGULAR NAVY CANDIDATES IN MARCH AND 
SEPTEMBER ON THE DAYS SPECIFIED ABOVE.  THE SELRES CANDIDATES ARE STILL 
REQUIRED TO TAKE THE RESERVE (NOT ACTIVE DUTY) EXAMINATION FOR 
APPROPRIATE FINAL MULTIPLE CALCULATION.
5.  ORDERING EXAMINATIONS FOR IN-COUNTRY ADMINISTRATION
    A.  EXAMINATIONS MAY BE ORDERED BUT NOT ADMINISTERED WITHOUT THE 
APPROVAL REQUIRED IN PARA 4. 
    B.  PARENT COMMANDS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ORDERING EXAMINATIONS AND, 
IN THE CASE OF IA SAILORS, EXPEDITIONARY COMBAT READINESS COMMAND WILL 
LIAISON WITH THE PARENT COMMAND TO ENSURE THAT EXAMINATIONS ARE ORDERED. 
    C.  EXAMINATIONS WILL BE ORDERED PER CHAPTER 4 OF BUPERSINST 
1430.16E.
6.  EARLY EXAMINATIONS FOR E-4 THROUGH E-7 CANDIDATES
    A.  SAILORS ELIGIBLE IN ALL OTHER RESPECTS FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE
E-4 TO E-7 ADVANCEMENT EXAMINATIONS ARE AUTHORIZED TO TAKE EARLY 
EXAMINATIONS IF THEY ARE WITHIN 60 DAYS OF A PENDING DEPLOYMENT TO IRAQ, 
AFGHANISTAN, OR THE HORN OF AFRICA. 
    B.  AN EARLY EXAMINATION MAY BE REQUESTED AND ADMINISTERED FOR ANY 
E-4 THROUGH E-7 EXAMINATION UNDER THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:
        (1) THE DEPLOYMENT DATE FALLS WITHIN A THREE-CALENDAR MONTH 
WINDOW PRIOR TO THE MONTH OF EXAMINATION ADMINISTRATION.  DEPLOYMENT 
DATE IS DISCUSSED IN PARAGRAPH 3.C.(1).
        (2) THE EXAMINATION IS ADMINISTERED AND ANSWER SHEETS 
TRANSMITTED WITHIN 60 DAYS OF THE DEPLOYMENT DATE.  EXAMPLE:  SAILOR IS 
AN E-5 DEPLOYING ON 15 DECEMBER.  E-6 EXAMINATION WILL BE GIVEN IN 
MARCH.  SINCE THE DEPLOYMENT DATE FALLS WITHIN THE DECEMBER-FEBRUARY 
THREE-MONTH WINDOW, AN EARLY EXAMINATION CAN BE ADMINISTERED BETWEEN 16 
OCTOBER AND 14 DECEMBER.
    C.  THE EARLIEST DATES EXAMINATIONS CAN BE ORDERED ARE AS FOLLOWS:
        (1) ACTIVE DUTY E-7:  1 JULY FOR THE JANUARY EXAMINATION.
        (2) ACTIVE DUTY E-4 THROUGH E-6:  1 SEPTEMBER FOR THE MARCH 
EXAMINATION AND 1 MARCH FOR THE SEPTEMBER EXAMINATION.
        (5) RESERVE E-7:  1 AUGUST FOR THE FEBRUARY EXAMINATION.
        (6) RESERVE E-4 THROUGH E-6:  1 AUGUST FOR THE FEBRUARY 
EXAMINATION AND 1 FEBRUARY FOR THE AUGUST EXAMINATION.
    D.  THE FIRST SHIPPING DATES WILL BE:
        (1) ACTIVE DUTY:  1 JULY FOR JANUARY CPO EXAMINATION
        (2) ACTIVE DUTY:  1 MAY FOR E-4 THROUGH E-6 SEPTEMBER 
EXAMINATION
        (3) ACTIVE DUTY:  1 NOVEMBER FOR E-4 THROUGH E-6 MARCH 
EXAMINATION
        (4) RESERVE:  1 OCTOBER FOR FEBRUARY CPO EXAMINATION
        (5) RESERVE:  1 APRIL FOR E-4 THROUGH E-6 AUGUST EXAMINATION
        (6) RESERVE:  1 OCTOBER FOR E-4 THROUGH E-6 FEBRUARY 
EXAMINATION
    E.  THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES WILL BE USED TO ORDER/TRANSMIT EARLY 
EXAMINATIONS.
        (1) NO MORE THAN 90 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPLOYMENT DATE (TO INCLUDE 
THE INDOCTRINATION AND TRAINING PIPELINE BUT NOT INCLUDING ANY PERSONAL 
LEAVE), COMMANDS WILL SUBMIT EARLY EXAMINATION REQUEST IN THE SAME 
FORMAT AS A SUBSTITUTE EXAMINATION REQUEST.  PROCEDURES FOR REQUESTING 
A SUBSTITUTE EXAMINATION ARE CONTAINED IN TABLE 4-3 OF BUPERSINST 
1430.16E.  REASON FOR AN EARLY EXAMINATION WILL BE "CANDIDATE PENDING 
IN-COUNTRY DEPLOYMENT TO IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, OR THE HORN OF AFRICA." 
        (2) WHEN TRANSMITTING THE ANSWER SHEET AFTER THE EXAMINATION, 
COMMANDS WILL INDICATE IN THE SUBJECT LINE THAT THE ANSWER SHEET IS 
BEING TRANSMITTED FOR AN EARLY EXAMINATION CANDIDATE.  DO NOT COMBINE 
ACTIVE AND RESERVE ANSWER SHEETS.  USE SEPARATE TRANSMITTAL FOR EACH.
7.  EXAMINATIONS MISSED DUE TO IN-COUNTRY ASSIGNMENTS FOR E4-E6 
CANDIDATES.
    A.  SAILORS WHO ARE OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE IN ALL RESPECTS TO 
PARTICIPATE IN AN EXAMINATION CYCLE, ARE CURRENTLY DEPLOYED TO IRAQ, 
AFGHANISTAN OR THE HORN OF AFRICA, BUT ARE NOT ABLE TO TAKE THE 
EXAMINATION WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE NEXT REGULARLY SCHEDULED NAVY-WIDE 
EXAMINATION UPON THEIR RETURN.
    B.  PROCESSING WILL OCCUR AS FOLLOWS:
        (1) ANSWER SHEETS.  WHEN TRANSMITTING ANSWER SHEETS FOR THESE 
INDIVIDUALS, COMMANDS WILL IDENTIFY CANDIDATES IN A SEPARATE ENCLOSURE 
TO THE LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL.  USE THE SAME FORMAT THAT IS USED FOR 
"EARLY PROMOTE" CANDIDATES, BUT REPLACE THE HEADING WITH "IRAQ, 
AFGHANISTAN, HORN OF AFRICA CANDIDATES."  IN A COLUMN BESIDE THE 
EXAMINATION SERIAL NUMBER, COMMANDS SHOULD LIST THE MISSED CYCLE(S).  
INCLUDE COPIES OF WORKSHEETS OF MISSED EXAMINATIONS TO DETERMINE 
PERFORMANCE MARK AVERAGE FOR MISSED EXAMINATIONS.
        (2) EXAMINATION SCORING.  AFTER THE EXAMINATION IS SCORED, 
FINAL MULTIPLE SCORES WILL BE COMPETED AGAINST THE EXAMINATION CYCLE(S) 
MISSED, STARTING WITH THE EARLIEST MISSED CYCLE.  NETPDTC (N321) WILL 
APPLY THE FINAL MULTIPLE SCORE TO THE PREVIOUS (MISSED) EXAMINATION 
CYCLE(S) AND IF THIS SCORE WOULD HAVE RESULTED IN ADVANCEMENT, THEN 
NETPDTC (N321) WILL RECORD THE ADJUSTED ADVANCEMENT DATE TO THE 
PREVIOUS CYCLE, ISSUE A RATING CHANGE AUTHORIZATION, AND NOTIFY 
NAVPERSCOM (PERS-48/PERS-3) TO MAKE APPROPRIATE ADJUSTMENTS TO THE 
AFFECTED AREAS OF THE SAILOR S SERVICE RECORD.
        (3) MULTIPLE EXAMINATIONS.  SAILORS WHO MISS TWO OR MORE 
EXAMINATION CYCLES WILL BE AFFORDED TWO OR MORE MAKE-UP EXAMINATION 
CYCLES. 
FOR EXAMPLE:  A PO2 IS ASSIGNED IA TO IRAQ FOR THE PERIOD DECEMBER 2006 
THROUGH NOVEMBER 2007, THUS MISSING BOTH THE MARCH 2007 AND SEPTEMBER 
2007 EXAMINATIONS.  THAT SAILOR MAY TAKE THE MARCH 2008 PO1 EXAMINATION 
AND HAVE IT COMPETED AGAINST THE MARCH 2007 EXAMINATION (THE FIRST 
EXAMINATION CYCLE MISSED).  IN THE CASE OF A QUALIFYING FINAL MULTIPLE 
SCORE, THE CANDIDATE WILL BE ADVANCED AS DESCRIBED ABOVE.  IF SCORED 
PNA OR FAIL, THE EXAMINATION WILL THEN BE COMPETED AGAINST THE 
SEPTEMBER 2007 EXAMINATION (THE SECOND CYCLE MISSED).  IN THE CASE OF A 
QUALIFYING FINAL MULTIPLE SCORE, THE CANDIDATE WILL BE ADVANCED AS 
DESCRIBED ABOVE.  IF THE SECOND EXAMINATION IS SCORED PNA OR FAIL, THE 
SAILOR COMPETES NORMALLY IN SUBSEQUENT CYCLES.
8.  EXAMINATIONS MISSED DUE TO IN-COUNTRY ASSIGNMENTS FOR CPO 
CANDIDATES. 
    A.  IF A CPO CANDIDATE HAS NOT TAKEN AN EARLY OR REGULAR 
EXAMINATION AND CANNOT BE WAIVERED FOR SBE, THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES 
APPLY:
        (1) UPON RETURN, THE SAILOR SHOULD REQUEST A LATE EXAMINATION.  
IF THE EXAMINATION IS SCORED SELBD ELIG, AND THE SELECTION BOARD HAS 
ADJOURNED, THE SAILOR WILL COMPETE IN THE NEXT SPECIAL ENLISTED 
SELECTION BOARD.  IF THE CPO CANDIDATE RETURNS DURING THE PERIOD 
SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER, THE SAILOR WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE NEXT REGULARLY 
SCHEDULED CPO EXAMINATION (JANUARY).  THE EXAMINATION WILL BE COMPETED 
AGAINST THE EXAMINATION CYCLE MISSED AND THE SAILOR WILL COMPETE IN THE 
NEXT SPECIAL ENLISTED SELECTION BOARD IF A SELBD ELIG SCORE IS ATTAINED.  
IN THE CASE OF A SELBD INELIG SCORE, THE EXAMINATION WILL BE COMPETED 
AGAINST THE CURRENT CYCLE FOR SELECTION BOARD ELIGIBILITY OR 
INELIGIBILITY.
        (2) REQUESTS FOR SUBSTITUTE CPO EXAMINATIONS SHOULD BE 
REQUESTED VIA MESSAGE PER TABLE 4-3 OF BUPERSINST 1430.16E TO NETPDTC 
(N321), INFO COMNAVPERSCOM (PERS-4811) (PERS-4812 FOR FTS AND RECALLED 
RESERVISTS). 
REQUESTS MUST INCLUDE THE MBR'S NAME, RATE, LAST 4 OF THEIR SSN, AND 
JUSTIFICATION FOR MISSING THE REGULAR EXAMINATION.
        (3) ADMINISTERING THESE SUBSTITUTE CPO EXAMINATIONS ON A 
SPECIFIC DATE OR TO ALL SAILORS ON THE SAME DATE WITHIN THE SAME 
COMMAND IS NOT REQUIRED.
9.  SBE WAIVERS FOR CPO CANDIDATES
    A.  THE ADVANCEMENT EXAMINATION REQUIREMENT TO QUALIFY AS SBE FOR 
CPO IS WAIVED FOR THOSE E-6 SAILORS, ACTIVE OR RESERVE, WHO WERE SBE 
DURING A PREVIOUS NAVYWIDE EXAMINATION CYCLE AND MEET THE QUALIFYING 
CRITERIA OF PARA 3 BETWEEN THE FOLLOWING DATES:
        (1) ACTIVE SAILORS (INCLUDING FTS) WHO ARE EXEMPT FROM TAKING 
THE JANUARY EXAMINATION MUST HAVE BEEN DEPLOYING, DEPLOYED TO OR 
RETURNING FROM IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN OR THE HORN OF AFRICA FROM 1 NOVEMBER 
THROUGH 28 FEBRUARY.
        (2) INACTIVE DUTY (RESERVE) SAILORS WHO ARE EXEMPT FROM TAKING 
THE FEBRUARY EXAMINATION MUST HAVE BEEN DEPLOYING, DEPLOYED TO OR 
RETURNING FROM IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN OR THE HORN OF AFRICA FROM 1 DECEMBER 
THROUGH 31 MARCH.
B.  SAILORS WHO RETURNED FROM IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN OR THE HORN OF AFRICA 
BEFORE THE ABOVE START DATES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THIS SBE WAIVER. 
SAILORS WHO DEPART FOR IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN OR THE HORN OF AFRICA AFTER 
THE END DATES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THIS WAIVER.
    C.  SAILORS WHO WERE PREVIOUSLY DESIGNATED SBE IN ANOTHER RATING 
WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS WAIVER IN THEIR CURRENT RATING.  EXAMPLE:  AN 
SO1, CONVERTED FROM BM1 WHO HAD PREVIOUSLY QUALIFIED AS SBE FOR BMC IS 
ELIGIBLE FOR THIS WAIVER FOR SOC.
    D.  SAILORS DESIGNATED SBE BY THIS POLICY WILL NOT AFFECT THE 
MINIMUM FINAL MULTIPLE SCORE (FMS) REQUIRED FOR THOSE CANDIDATES WHO 
PARTICIPATE IN THE NAVY-WIDE EXAMINATION.
    E.  SBE WAIVER VALIDATION MUST BE COMPLETED BY THE ELIGIBLE SAILOR 
S PERMANENT COMMAND USING A VALIDATION ANSWER SHEET TRANSMITTAL LETTER 
PER FIGURE 6-2 OF BUPERSINST 1430.16E.  FIGURE 6-2 IS A COVER SHEET 
WITH TWO ENCLOSURES. 
        (1) ENCLOSURE (1) TO THE TRANSMITTAL LETTER IS/ARE ANSWER 
SHEET(S) AND ENCLOSURE (2) IS LISTING OF CANDIDATES. 
        (2) REPLACE THE SUBJECT LINE OF FIGURE 6-2 WITH THE SUBJECT 
LINE OF THIS NAVADMIN. 
        (3) ANSWER SHEETS MUST BE FILLED IN/BUBBLED IN WITH NAME, SSN, 
EXAM RATE, CYCLE, PMA (IF KNOWN) AND UIC (WHERE RESULTS WILL BE MAILED) 
AND INCLUDED AS ENCLOSURE (1).  IF ANSWER SHEETS ARE UNAVAILABLE 
LOCALLY, THEY MAY BE REQUESTED FROM THE LOCAL PSD OR NETPDTC. 
        (4) THESE TRANSMITTAL LETTERS SHALL BE MAILED VIA FASTEST MEANS 
POSSIBLE (FEDEX WHEN AVAILABLE) IN TIME FOR NETPDTC TO RECEIVE THEM BY 
15 APRIL (RESERVE/FTS) AND 1 MAY (ACTIVE) OR AS PROMULGATED BY 
EXAMINATION CYCLE NAVADMIN.  ELECTRONIC (FAX OR EMAIL) SUBMISSION IS 
NOT PERMITTED.
    F.  FAILURE TO COMPLETE THIS ACTION WILL DENY AN OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE 
MEMBER THE OPPORTUNITY FOR SELECTION BOARD CONSIDERATION. 
    G.  IN THE EVENT A SAILOR IS NOT PROPERLY VALIDATED BY THEIR PARENT 
COMMAND, THEY MUST FOLLOW THE PROCEDURES CONTAINED IN BUPERSINST 1401.2 
TO REQUEST A SPECIAL SELECTION BOARD.
    H.  AFTER RECEIPT OF THE TRANSMITTAL LETTER, NETPDTC WILL MAIL A 
PROFILE SHEET TO THE PARENT COMMAND IDENTIFYING THESE SAILORS AS 
SELECTION BOARD ELIGIBLE.  SAILORS AND EDUCATIONAL SERVICES OFFICERS 
CAN ALSO VERIFY SELECTION BOARD ELIGIBILITY VIA NETPDTC'S WEBSITE 
HTTPS://WWW.ADVANCEMENT.CNET.NAVY.MIL UNDER THE "MY ESO" HEADING.
10.  THE PROCEDURES OUTLINED IN THIS NAVADMIN WILL BE REFERENCED IN THE 
ROUTINE NAVADMIN WHICH PROMULGATES EACH EXAMINATION CYCLE.
11.  THIS NAVADMIN APPLIES ONLY TO THOSE SAILORS SERVING IN IRAQ, 
AFGHANISTAN, OR THE HORN OF AFRICA.  WHEN FUTURE MISSION REQUIREMENTS 
DEMAND OUR SAILORS TO FIGHT THE FRONT LINES OF GWOT IN OTHER GEOGRAPHIC 
AREAS, IT WILL BE EXPANDED AS APPROPRIATE.  FOR SAILORS WHO ARE NOT 
DEPLOYING TO OR WHO ARE NOT ALREADY DEPLOYED TO IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, AND 
THE HORN OF AFRICA, SUBSTITUTE EXAMINATION PROCEDURES CONTAINED IN THE 
ADVANCEMENT MANUAL (BUPERSINST 1430.16E) AND THE NAVADMIN FOR THE 
APPLICABLE NAVY-WIDE EXAMINATION CYCLE SHALL BE USED.
12. POINTS OF CONTACT:
- LT KIM PIZANTI, N132C3, (703) 695-0888/DSN 225 OR EMAIL: 
KIMBERLY.PIZANTI(AT)NAVY.MIL
- PSCS DEAN CHEVES, N132C3A, (703) 614-6864/DSN 224, OR EMAIL:
DEAN.CHEVES(AT)NAVY.MIL
- MR. JIM HAWTHORNE, NETPDTC N32, (850) 452-1001 EXT 1531, OR EMAIL:
JAMES.A.HAWTHORNE(AT)NAVY.MIL.
13.  RELEASED BY VADM J. C. HARVEY, JR., N1.// 

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