MARCH 2014 (CYCLE 223) NAVY-WIDE PETTY OFFICER (E4-E6) ADVANCEMENT EXAMINATIONS FOR USN, USNR (ACTIVE), FULL TIME SUPPORT, AND CANVASSER (CANREC) RECRUITER SAILORS

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SUBJ/MARCH 2014 (CYCLE 223) NAVY-WIDE PETTY OFFICER (E4-E6) ADVANCEMENT 
EXAMINATIONS FOR USN, USNR (ACTIVE), FULL TIME SUPPORT,  AND CANVASSER 
(CANREC) RECRUITER SAILORS//



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NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 336/07, ADMINISTRATION OF THE NAVY-WIDE ADVANCEMENT 
EXAMINATION FOR SAILORS IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, AND THE HORN OF AFRICA.  REF B 
IS BUPERSINST 1430.16F, ADVANCEMENT MANUAL FOR THE ENLISTED PERSONNEL OF U.S. 
NAVY AND U.S. NAVY RESERVE.  REF C IS MILPERSMAN 1160-120, HIGH YEAR TENURE 
(HYT).  REF D IS NAVADMIN 150/13, CAREER NAVIGATOR PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT PART 
II.  REF E IS OPNAVINST 1414.4C, NAVY ENLISTED FLEET MARINE FORCE WARFARE 
SPECIALIST QUALIFICATION PROGRAM.  REF F IS OPNAVINST 6110.1J, PHYSICAL 
READINESS PROGRAM.  REF G IS ALNAV 015/13, PERSONNEL SECURITY INVESTIGATION 
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS UNCLASSSIFIED.  REF H IS NAVADMIN 215/10, PERFORMANCE 
EVALUATION AND ADVANCEMENT GUIDANCE FOR INDIVIDUAL AUGMENTEE SAILORS.//

RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN announces the March 2014 (cycle 223) Navy-Wide 
Advancement Examination (NWAE) for advancement in rate of USN/USNR (Active), 
Full Time Support (FTS), and Canvasser Recruiter (CANREC) Sailors.  The 
examination dates are:
    E6 - 6 March 2014
    E5 - 13 March 2014
    E4 - 20 March 2014
    a.  Refer to ref (a) regarding advancement examination options for 
Sailors who are pending deployment to or are deployed and operating in Iraq, 
Afghanistan, or the Horn of Africa to include ordering exams 6 months prior 
to the next advancement cycle.  Additionally, ships deploying to remote areas 
unable to receive mail can order exams 6 months early.  Educational Services 
Officers (ESOs) must follow procedures in refs (a) and (b) to execute 
processing of missed examination cycles prior to cycle 223 due to deployments 
covered in ref (a).  Navy Education and Training Professional Development and 
Technology Center (NETPDTC) Points of Contact (POCs) are Mr. Bruce Dietly at 
(850) 473-6140/DSN 753 or via e-mail at bruce.dietly(at)navy.mil or Ms. 
Jennifer Spohn at (850) 473-6148/DSN 753 or via e-mail at 
jennifer.spohn(at)navy.mil.  
    b.  Do not administer any cycle 223 examinations prior to the scheduled 
examination date unless authorized per ref (a) or ref (b), or specifically 
authorized by Navy Personnel Command (NPC) PERS-812.  
    c.  This NAVADMIN supplements ref (b).  Paragraph 11 contains a list of 
key dates and events, paragraph 12 contains a list of websites, and paragraph 
13 contains a list of POCs for quick reference.

2.  Examination ordering:
    a.  CTI/CTN/CTR Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) examination 
ordering:  
        (1) Once the ordering window has closed, additional/substitute SCI 
examination orders can be submitted via message or encrypted e-mail in 
accordance with ref (b), figure 4-1/4-2, message format to NETPDTC Pensacola, 
FL (N332).  Encrypted e-mail should contain message format as an attachment.  
Commands must include their Department of Defense Activity Address Code 
account number, POC, and the number of examinations required.  Commands 
requesting the forwarding of examinations should include the forwarding 
command as an info addressee on the message.  The deadline for ordering 
substitute examinations is 3 April 2014.
        (2) NETPDTC SCI examination POCs are Mrs. Janet Mejias at (850) 452-
1620/DSN 459 or via e-mail at sfly_cryptologic.products (at)navy.mil or Ms. 
Judy Boston at (850) 452-1045/DSN 459 or via e-mail at 
judy.boston(at)navy.mil.
    b.  Non-SCI examination ordering:  
        (1) Time in rate (TIR) eligibility lists for examination ordering of 
all other ratings will be available at the NEAS website at 
https://neasos.cnet.navy.mil as follows:  
            E6 - 8 Dec 2013 - 2 Jan 2014
            E5 - 8 Dec 2013 - 9 Jan 2014
            E4 - 8 Dec 2013 - 16 Jan 2014
(Paragraph 2.e. contains specific guidance.)
        (2) After the closing date for the initial examination order, the 
NEAS website will re-open for additional examination orders, as follows:
            E6 - 3 Jan 2014 - 23 Jan 2014
            E5 - 10 Jan 2014 - 30 Jan 2014
            E4 - 17 Jan 2014 - 06 Feb 2014
        (3) Once internet ordering is closed, additional and substitute 
examination orders must be submitted via message or encrypted e-mail to 
sfly_n321_exam_order(at)navy.mil per figure 4-1/4-2 of ref (b).  Encrypted e-
mail should have message format as an attachment with POC included in 
message.  Deadline for ordering substitute examination is 6 April 2014.  
Substitute examinations must be administered NLT 26 April 2014, or within 
seven days of receipt after the deadline date.  Substitute examination orders 
should be held to a minimum in order to accurately determine advancement 
quotas.  Requests for substitute examinations must include valid 
justification for missing the regularly scheduled examination.  Include valid 
justification for missing the regularly scheduled examination.  Details for 
"admin error" or "operational commitment" are required.  ESOs must info 
addressee receiving commands to which examinations are being forwarded.
    c.  Command ESOs may register for access at the NEAS website.    
    d.  ESOs must verify TIR lists and take the following actions as 
required:
        (1) Eligible candidates not listed - Commands must add candidates and 
appropriate examination to the TIR list.
        (2) Listed candidates who are not eligible or are no longer 
recommended for advancement - Commands must click "no" and "submit" buttons 
to delete names from the TIR list.  Per paragraph 3.d. of this NAVADMIN, 
Sailors with a "Denied Final - Active" status from Career Waypoints (CWAY) 
are not eligible to participate in the NWAE and commands should not order an 
examination for them.  Sailors that have a CWAY status of "Intends to 
Separate" are eligible to be administered the cycle 223 NWAE.
        (3) Candidates no longer attached to command - Commands must delete 
or order/forward examinations, as applicable.
        (4) Appropriate examination for candidates - Commands must select the 
appropriate examinations for rating conversions or separate competitive 
groups within ratings (i.e., NCC1/NCR1, ATI1/ATO1).
    e.  ESOs must verify the examination order at the "View Previous Exam 
Orders" link via NEAS within 14 days of placing the order.  If discrepancies 
are noted, contact NETPDTC at (850) 473-6142/DSN 753.

3.  Eligibility requirements:
    a. Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements outlined in ref (b), 
chapter 2, and prior to examination administration date for their pay grade.  
Refer to paragraph 1 of this NAVADMIN for examination administration dates.  
Candidates who do not meet eligibility requirements are ineligible for 
advancement and shall not be administered a cycle 223 advancement 
examination.
    b. Terminal Eligibility Date (TED):  The TED for cycle 223 used to 
compute TIR is 1 July 2014.  E6 personnel with a TIR date of 1 July 2011 or 
earlier; E5 with a TIR date of 1 July 2013 or earlier; and E4 with a TIR date 
of 1 January 2014 or earlier are eligible.  Refer to ref (b), table 2-2 for 
TIR requirements.
    c.  High Year Tenure (HYT):  Per ref (c),  candidates who reach HYT on or 
after 1 July 2014, or who have received a HYT waiver to remain on active-duty 
on or after 1 July 2014, are eligible to participate in the NWAE.  Candidates 
with a HYT date prior to 1 July 2014 are not eligible to compete for 
advancement and shall not be administered an examination.
    d.  CWAY:  Sailors who have received a Denied Final - Active from CWAY as 
of the December 2013 application rack and stack, for which results are 
available in January, are ineligible and shall not be administered cycle 223 
NWAE.
    e.  Non-designated Sailors:  Commands are required to use the CWAY tool 
to validate rating qualifications and request rating entry via NWAE 
participation for non-designated Sailors.  Complete CWAY applications in 
accordance with ref (d).  Only CWAY applications which have been submitted 
and approved during a September 2013 - February 2014 rack and stack are valid 
for cycle 223 examinations.  Non-designated Sailors who do not meet this 
requirement are not eligible for rating entry via cycle 223 and shall not be 
administered an examination.
    f.  Warfare qualification requirements:  Refer to ref (e).

    g.  Physical Readiness Program requirements:  Refer to ref (f).
    h.  TIR waivers:  TIR waivers and examination administration of Early 
Promote (EP) candidates must be in accordance with ref (b), paragraph 216.f.  
Candidates who have been granted EP TIR waivers must be identified during 
examination ordering and on the transmittal letter to NETPDTC (N321).
    i.  Security clearance:  Personnel in certain ratings must, at a minimum, 
maintain continuous security clearance eligibility.  A favorable 
investigation adjudication must be issued from Department of Defense Central 
Adjudication Facility or the member's Commanding Officer (CO) must grant 
temporary access (an interim clearance) prior to the first day of the month 
of the regularly scheduled examination date.  CO's must follow procedures 
from the Navy Personnel Security Program to grant interim access.  In 
accordance with ref (g), Sailors with an expired or expiring security 
clearance who have proper access and have maintained security clearance 
eligibility may participate in this examination cycle.  Sailors in the 
following ratings who do not meet this requirement are ineligible for 
advancement and shall not be administered an examination:  AC, AE, AG, AO, 
ATI, ATO, AWF, AWO, AWR, AWS, AWV, AZ, CTI, CTM, CTN, CTR, CTT, EOD, ET, FC, 
FT, GM, HT, IC, IS, IT, ITS, LN, MA, MC, MN, MT, ND, OS, QM, SB, SO, STG, 
STS, and YN, as well as all nuclear and submarine ratings.  This guidance 
supersedes chapter 2 of ref (b).  
    j.  "A" School Candidates:
        (1) Sailors who have reported to "A" School for a rating conversion 
and have not graduated prior to the regular examination are not eligible to 
participate in the examination.
        (2) Sailors who graduate from mandatory class "A" School before the 
regular examination date and are qualified in all respects are eligible to 
compete for advancement in their new rating.
        (3) Non-Designated Sailors in initial entry training, to include "A" 
School, who enlisted under an "A" School guarantee program are ineligible for 
participation in the examination until completion of class "A" School.
    k.  Branch Class (BRCL) and Special Program Indicator (SPI) code:  The 
Navy accounting status for BRCL 32 Sailors must be verified via the command's 
Enlisted Distribution Verification Report.  Personnel with a blank SPI code 
are in an invalid status which may result in assignment of an incorrect 
advancement competitive category and their examinations will be invalidated.  
Commands must correct the error via Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System 
or the Sailor may seek relief by petitioning the Board for Correction of 
Naval Records.

4.  Performance Mark Average (PMA):  Compute PMA as outlined in ref 
(b).  Ref (h) provides guidance on use of IA/GSA/OSA concurrent evaluations.  
Evaluations used to compute PMA must be inclusive of the following Dates:  

Examination     Evaluation   Computation
Pay grade       Pay grade    Period
E4              E3           1 June 2013 to 28 February 2014
E5              E4           1 December 2012 to 28 February 2014
E6              E5           1 March 2011 to 28 February 2014 

Note:  Prepare a special evaluation if member does not have an evaluation 
with an ending date during the period specified above for the current pay 
grade.  Block 15 ending date shall be 28 February 2014.

5.  General examination information:
    a.  Ensure all candidates, ESOs, proctors, and administrators have 
required clearance and access prior to examination day.
    b.  Authorized materials during examination administration:  Only those 
materials specifically identified and listed in chapter 6 of ref 
(b), this NAVADMIN, and the general examination verbatim instructions are 
authorized for use during examination administration.  No other examining 
material or instruments may be brought into the examining room.  Use of 
unauthorized material will result in examination invalidation and loss of 
advancement opportunity for the current advancement cycle.
    c.  Education points:  Education points will be awarded for the highest 
accredited degree held; (two points for an Associate's Degree or four points 
for a Baccalaureate Degree or above).  To allow sufficient time for the Navy 
College Center to process all documents, transcripts must be received by 1 
March 2014.  Sailors should have their college or university send official 
transcripts to the following address:
        Commanding Officer
        Center for Personnel and Professional Development
        ATTN Virtual Education Center
        1905 Regulus Avenue, Suite 234
        Virginia Beach, VA 23461-2009 

The Navy College Center will validate transcripts and enter the education 
data into the Navy College Management Information System (NCMIS).  The NCMIS 
value will be used in the Final Multiple Score calculation.  When calculating 
award points locally, do not include degree award points in that calculation.
    d.  For ratings with multiple examinations, it is imperative ESOs ensure 
proper examination identification is used during examination ordering and 
answer sheet verification (i.e., NCR/NCC, ATI/ATO, ETR/ETV/ETN, etc.).  
Incorrect examination identification will cause examinations to be 
incorrectly graded.
    e.  Navy Counselor (NC) examinations:  Administer NCR1 examinations to 
NCs holding Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) 2186 and assigned to 
Recruiting Duty as a member of the Career Recruiting Force.  Administer NCC1 
examinations to all other NCs.
    f.  Aviation Electronics Technician (AT) examinations:  Administer ATI 
examinations for Intermediate Maintenance and ATO examinations for 
Organizational Maintenance.
    g.  Nuclear Electronics Technician (ETN), Electrician's Mate (EMN), 
Machinist's Mate (MMN) examinations:
        (1) ETN, EMN, and MMN candidates will take nuclear-specific rating 
examinations.
        (2) Nuclear Surface and Submarine candidates will take the same 
examination.
        (3) Candidates in the nuclear training pipeline on the regularly 
scheduled examination date will take respective nuclear examinations and 
compete in the "trainee" competitive category.
    h.  Administer the appropriate examination in accordance with applicable 
NEC:
        (1) Non-Nuclear Electronic Technicians (ET) examinations:
            ETR - NEC 14BH, 14HH, 14RO, 14TO, 14CM, 14TM, 14EM, 14RM
            ETV - NEC 14NM, 14NO, 14NV, 14SM, 14TK, 14XM, 14NP, 14GM, 
            14XO
            Note: ET Surface - Administer ET examinations.
        (2) Non-Nuclear Machinist's Mate (MM) examinations:
            MME - NEC 4230, 4231, 4234
            MMW - NEC 4232, 4233, 4235
            Note:  MM Surface - Administer MM examinations.
    i.  If an examination is administered in error, the command must request 
to invalidate it per ref (b), paragraph 610.

6.  Competitive groups:  USN candidates in the following ratings are 
separated into the following competitive groups:
    a.  CS, LS, and YN
        Group 1 - Submarine
        Group 2 - All others
    b.  CTI
        Group 1 - Middle East/North Africa 
        Group 2 - East/Far East 
        Group 3 - Latin/South America 
        Group 4 - Eastern Europe     
    c.  EMN, ETN, and MMN
        Group 1 - Submarine
        Group 2 - Surface
        Group 3 - Training
    d.  FC
        Group 1 - Non-Aegis
        Group 2 - Aegis

7.  Forwarding examination returns:  Submit examination answer sheets by 
close of business the day after administration of the exam.  Expeditious 
submission is required; grading cannot commence until the majority of the 
answer sheets are received.  Package only the original transmittal letter, 
answer sheets, and enclosures (per ref (a), and paragraph 611.a. of ref (b) 
in an envelope using a cardboard stiffener.  Do not seal the envelope with 
excessive tape and do not fold, staple, spindle, cut, or mutilate answer 
sheets.  Do not send packing lists or letters of destruction (maintain at 
command per ref (b), paragraph 612.a.).  Do not send worksheets except for 
individual augmentee candidates in ref (a).  Mail packages via a traceable 
method to:
        Commanding Officer
        NETPDTC (N321)
        BLDG 2435 RM 1167
        6490 Saufley Field Road
        Pensacola, FL 32509-5240 

    a.  Continental United States installations.  Send advancement 
examination answer sheets via FedEx under current GSA contract.  Retain a 
proof of delivery tracking number.  FedEx may be tracked at www.fedex.com/us.
    b.  Overseas shore commands.  Send advancement examination answer sheets 
via FedEx or United States Postal Service (USPS) three-day express mail 
service.  Retain a proof of delivery with FedEx or a return receipt with 
USPS.  Express mail may be tracked at www.usps.com.
    c.  Deployed ships.  Send advancement examination answer sheets in a 
registered mail working bag addressed to the servicing Fleet Mail Center in 
the deployed area.  The third line of the address should read "Advancement 
Examination Answer Sheets Enclosed - Do Not Open In Mailroom."  The Postal 
Officer will send via USPS three-day express mail to NETPDTC.
    d.  Commands shall verify receipt of examination answer sheets by NETPDTC 
on the NEAS website's electronic tote board located at 
https://neasos.cnet.navy.mil/neas/public/toteboard.aspx/.

8.  Examination discrepancies:  A detailed discrepancy list will be 
maintained on the NEAS website for ESOs and registered viewers.  Resolve 
examination discrepancies in accordance with ref (b), table 7-3, via letter 
or encrypted e-mail with attachments to sfly_n321_discrepanc(at)navy.mil.

9.  Examination results:  Examination results will be posted on the NEAS 
website and may be accessed by ESOs and registered viewers.
    a.  The Examination Status Verification Report (ESVR) is the official 
source for examination results.  This report must be verified for accuracy 
prior to frocking and advancement.
    b.  Withholding or withdrawal of advancement recommendations must be 
documented in accordance with ref (b), paragraph 721.  Commands must submit a 
message to NETPDTC Pensacola, FL (N321) and info COMNAVPERSCOM Millington, TN 
(PERS-812). The released message may also be sent via e-mail to the PERS-812 
functional e-mail account at advancements-active(at)navy.mil.
    c.  Commands will be notified via naval message if a candidate's 
examination needs to be invalidated due to unusual circumstances.  
All other invalidation notifications will be through ESVR and profile sheets.
    d.  Rate Change Authorizations (RCA), profile sheets, and command 
statistic reports are available on the NEAS website.
    e.  Individual Sailors may view/download profile sheets at the "Profile 
Sheets" link on the Navy Advancement Center Website.  Log onto Navy Knowledge 
Online at https://wwwa.nko.navy.mil/ and follow the Navy Advancement Center 
link under Career Management.

10.  Any additional information regarding this cycle will be posted on The 
NEAS website or the NPC Enlisted Career Admin webpage, 
http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-
npc/career/enlistedcareeradmin/pages/advancement.aspx.

11.  Summary of key dates and events.  As an aid to commands, below summary 
highlights key dates listed in this NAVADMIN.  Following each event is a 
number in parentheses, reflecting the corresponding paragraph of this 
NAVADMIN.

Date                    Event
6 Mar 14                E6 active-duty exam date (paragraph 1)
13 Mar 14               E5 active-duty exam date (paragraph 1)
20 Mar 14               E4 active-duty exam date (paragraph 1)
8 Dec 13 to 2 Jan 14    Initial order E6 Non-SCI exams (paragraph 2)
8 Dec 13 to 9 Jan 14    Initial order E5 Non-SCI exams (paragraph 2)
8 Dec 13 to 16 Jan 14   Initial order E4 Non-SCI exams (paragraph 2)
3 Jan to 23 Jan 14      Additional E6 order Non-SCI exams (paragraph 2)
10 Jan to 30 Jan 14     Additional E5 order Non-SCI exams (paragraph 2)
17 Jan to 6 Feb 14      Additional E4 order Non-SCI exams (paragraph 2)
3 Apr 14                Deadline to order SCI exams (paragraph 2)
6 Apr 14                Deadline to order NON-SCI exams (paragraph 2)
26 Apr 14               Last day to administer late exams (paragraph 2)
                        Exam must be administered within 7 days of 
                        receipt 
Prior to reg exam date  Eligibility and special requirements 
                        (paragraph 3)
1 July 11 or earlier    E6 TIR date (paragraph 3)
1 July 13 or earlier    E5 TIR date (paragraph 3)
1 Jan 13 or earlier     E4 TIR date (paragraph 3)
1 July 14               E4/5/6 Terminal Eligibility Date (paragraph 3)
1 July 14 or later      E4/5/6 HYT/Waiver eligibility date (paragraph 3)
Dec 13                  CNAV Rack and Stack application (paragraph 3) 
Sep 13 to Feb 14        CWAY Application Approval (paragraph 3)
Prior to reg exam date  "A" School rating conversion deadline 
                        (paragraph 3)
1 Jun 13 to 28 Feb 14   E4 Candidate evaluation period for PMA 
                        (paragraph 4)
1 Dec 12 to 28 Feb 14   E5 Candidate evaluation period for PMA 
                        (paragraph 4)
1 Mar 11 to 28 Feb 14   E6 Candidate evaluation period for PMA 
                        (paragraph 4)
1 March 14              Education transcript deadline (paragraph 5)
Day after exam          Deadline to mail exam answer sheets 
                        (paragraph 7)
12.  Websites.
     a.  NEAS - https://neasos.cnet.navy.mil.
     b.  FedEx - http://www.fedex.com/us/.
     c.  USPS - https://www.usps.com/.
     d.  NEAS Tote board - 
https://neasos.cnet.navy.mil/neas/public/toteboard.aspx/
     e.  NKO - https://wwwa.nko.navy.mil.
     f.  NPC info (Examinations) - http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-
npc/career/enlistedcareeradmin/pages/advancement.aspx.

13.  POCs:  
     a.  COMNAVPERSCOM NPC Customer Service Center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC 
(1-866-827-5672) or via e-mail at cscmailbox(at)navy.mil. 
     b.  NETPDTC Missed Exams.  Mr. Bruce Dietly at (850) 473-6140/DSN 
753 or via e-mail at bruce.dietly(at)navy.mil or Ms. Jennifer Spohn at 
(850) 473-6148/DSN 753 or via e-mail at jennifer.spohn(at)navy.mil.
     c.  NETPDTC SCI Examinations.  Mrs. Janet Mejias at (850) 
452-1620/DSN 459 or via e-mail at sfly_cryptologic.products(at)navy.mil 
or Ms. Judy Boston at (850) 452-1045/DSN 459 or via e-mail at 
judy.boston(at)navy.mil.
     d.  NETPDTC Examination Ordering.  (850) 473-6142/DSN 753 or via 
e-mail at sfly_n321_exam_order(at)navy.mil, 
     e.  NETPDTC Examination Discrepancies.  Via E-mail at 
sfly_n321_exam_discrepanc(at)navy.mil or PERS 812 at advancements-
active(at)navy.mil.

14.  Released by Vice Admiral W. F. Moran, N1.//

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