FEBRUARY 2016 CYCLE 098 NAVY-WIDE EXAMINATIONS FOR ADVANCEMENT OF SELECTED RESERVE PERSONNEL TO E4 THROUGH E7

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SUBJ/FEBRUARY 2016 CYCLE 098 NAVY-WIDE EXAMINATIONS FOR ADVANCEMENT
OF SELECTED RESERVE PERSONNEL TO E4 THROUGH E7//



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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 NAVADMIN
336/07, ADMINISTRATION OF THE NAVY-WIDE ADVANCEMENT EXAM FOR SAILORS
IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, AND THE HORN OF AFRICA.//

RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN provides guidance for administration of Cycle
098 Navy-Wide Advancement Examinations (NWAE) for advancement in
rate of selected reserve (SELRES) personnel.  Information pertaining
to selection board criteria will be promulgated via a future
NAVADMIN.
    a.  SELRES exams will be administered in February 2016.
    b.  All candidates serving on voluntary recall or mobilization
will compete for advancement as a SELRES.
    c.  This NAVADMIN supplements reference (a).
    d.  In addition to the requirements of reference (a), chapter 6,
educational services officers (ESOs) must follow the pre-exam
preparation requirements in the exam verbatim located at either at
https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil or https://www.nko.navy.mil; under
the Career Management link, select Navy Advancement Center/Command
Info/Command Advancement Resources.

2.  Eligibility Requirements.  For all E4-E7 candidates, eligibility
requirements are found in reference (a), chapter 2 with the
following information specific only to Cycle 098:
    a.  Candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements
outlined in chapter 2 of reference (a) prior to 1 February 2016 to
be considered as a candidate.  Candidates who do not meet the
eligibility requirements are ineligible for Cycle 098 NWAE and shall
not be administered an advancement examination.
    b.  The terminal eligibility date used to compute time-in-rate
(TIR) for E4-E6 is 1 July 2016 and for E7 is 1 January 2017.
    c.  The minimum TIR date must be on or before:
        E7 - 1 January 2014
        E6 - 1 July 2013
        E5 - 1 July 2015
        E4 - 1 January 2016
    d.  E6 and E7 candidate TIR requirements for early promote
Sailors can be waived for one year with commanding officer/officer
in charge approval.
    e.  High year tenure (HYT) date or approved HYT waiver for E4-E6
must be effective 1 July 2016 or later.  HYT date or approved HYT
waiver for E7 must be effective 1 September 2016 or later.
    f.  Candidates who have submitted a formal written request for
voluntary transfer to the retired reserve (with or without pay) or
fleet reserve on a date prior to their mandated HYT are ineligible
for advancement.
    g.  Candidates in a rating requiring a security clearance must
have a favorable investigation adjudication issued by the
Department of Defense Central Adjudication Facility or a CO's
interim clearance must have been granted before 1 February 2016.
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, AT, AWF, AWO,
AWR, AWS, AZ, CTI, CTN, CTR, CTT, EOD, ET, FC, GM, HT, IC, IS, IT,
LN, MA, MC, MN, ND, OS, QM, SB, SO, STG, STS, and YN.  Refer to
reference (b) for additional guidance.
    h.  Change of rate and retention approvals must be approved and
completed no later than 31 January 2016.  This includes approvals
from Navy Personnel Command (NPC), "A" Schools, etc.
    i.  Compute performance mark average (PMA) using all evaluations
in the candidate's current rank with an ending date that falls
within the following time periods:
        E4 exam - 1 June 2015 to 31 January 2016
        E5 exam - 1 February 2015 to 31 January 2016
        E6 exam - 1 February 2013 to 31 January 2016
        E7 exam - 1 February 2013 to 31 December 2015
    j.  For additional guidance on computing PMA, refer to reference
(a), chapter 3.  For PMA guidance for individual augmentee (IA)
Sailors refer to reference (c).
    k.  Branch class (BRCL) and special program indicator (SPI)
code:  BRCL 32 with a blank SPI code is an invalid Navy accounting
status.  Commands should take action to have this corrected for
Sailors reflecting no SPI code.  Sailors in this status will be
invalidated.

3.  Rating Specific Information.
    a.  To be eligible for advancement to E7,
        (1) Air Traffic Controllers (AC) must possess a valid FAA
7220-1 ATCS Certificate and meet requirements established in NAVMED
P-117.
        (2) Aerographers Mate (AG) must have the Navy enlisted
classification (NEC) 7412.
        (3) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel must hold
the Senior EOD Technician NEC 5335, or the Master EOD Technician
NEC 5337 prior to the E7 board convening date.
        (4) Navy Diver (ND) personnel must hold the first class
diver NEC 5342, prior to the E7 board convening date.
    b.  Commands must verify and invalidate examination results for
those selection board eligible Sailors who fail to meet these
qualifications.
    c.  Aviation Electronics Technician (AT) personnel.  Administer
ATI examinations for intermediate maintenance personnel and ATO
examinations for organizational maintenance personnel.  Personnel
will continue to be tested via two separate examinations, but will
be merged together for E7 selection board processes.
    d.  The Electronics Technician (ET) rating has a separate exam
for ETR, ETV and ET.  The Machinists Mate (MM) rating has a
separate exam for MME, MMW, and MM.  Administer the appropriate
examination in accordance with the applicable NEC:
        (1) ETR - NEC 14BH, 14HH, 14RO, 14TO, 14CM, 14TM, 14EM, 14RM
        (2) ETV - NEC 14NM, 14NO, 14NV, 14SM, 14TK, 14XM, 14NP,
14GM, 14XO
        (3) MME - NEC 4230, 4231, 4234
        (4) MMW - NEC 4232, 4233, 4235

4.  Exam Ordering.
    a.  Deploying commands can order exams up to six months prior to
the scheduled examination 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 that the request is for the early ordering of
examination material.  Ensure a point of contact (POC) is included
in the message.  Refer to reference (d) for IA Sailors who are
pending deployment to, or are deployed to and operating in a
Congressionally designated combat zone.
    b.  Cryptologic Technician-Interpretive/Cryptologic Technician-
Network/Cryptologic Technician-Collection, sensitive compartmented
information (SCI) exam ordering dates can be found on the Navy
Enlisted Advancement System (NEAS) website at
https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil.
        (1) ESOs must verify TIR eligibility lists on the NEAS
website for initial exam ordering.
        (2) Additional exams are ordered via message or in message
format via e-mail to sfly_cryptologic.products(at)navy.mil following
the guidelines of reference (a), chapter 4.  Commands must include
their Department of Defense activity address code (DoDAAC) account
number, POC, and the number of exams required.  Commands requesting
the forwarding of exams should include the forwarding command as an
info addressee on the message.  The deadline for additional orders
is 1 January 2016.
    c.  Exam ordering for non-SCI exams begins 30 November 2015.
ESOs must verify TIR eligibility lists on the NEAS website during
the following time periods:
        (1) Initial TIR lists will be available 30 November 2015 to
8 December 2015.
        (2) Additional TIR lists will be available 9 December 2015
to 24 January 2016.
        (3) Exams required after the TIR list has closed as well as
exams for prior service reenlistment eligibility  reserve Sailors
should be ordered via message or in message format via e-mail to
sfly_N321_exam_order(at)navy.mil following the guidelines of
reference (a), chapter 4.  Ensure a POC is included in the message.
        (4) The deadline for late exam orders is 4 March 2016.
    d.  Exams for IA Sailors or recalled reservists will be ordered
by the command holding the service record of the member.  Authority
is granted for these candidates to be administered exams with the
command's active-duty candidates.  However, these candidates are
still required to take the Cycle 098 exam and not the Cycle 230 or
231 exams.
    e.  When an exam is not used during the normally scheduled
event, do not destroy the exam prior to 1 April 2016.  Submit a
request with justification via e-mail to sfly_n321_exam_order(at)
navy.mil for permission to retain exams for administration on the
next drill weekend in March 2016.  Ensure reason for requested delay
is included.
    f.  ESOs must verify the exam order at the "View Previous Exam
Orders" link via NEAS within 14 days of placing examination orders.
If discrepancies are noted, contact Naval Education and Training
Professional Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC).

5.  Exam Administration and Answer Sheet Returns.
    a.   For exam administration and answer sheet return
instructions, refer to the exam verbatim at
https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil or visit
https://www.nko.navy.mil; under the Career Management link, select
Navy Advancement Center/Command Info/Command Advancement Resources.
    b.  ESOs must check the exam tote board on NEAS Web
https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil/Public/Toteboard.aspx often to
ensure answer sheets have been received and processed.
    c.  Late exams should be kept to a minimum as they are for
candidates who, through no fault of their own, are unable to take
the exam at the regularly scheduled time.  NETPDTC (N321) is the
approving authority for all late exams.
    d.  The deadline to administer regular exams is 29 February
2016.  Approved late exams must be administered no later than
31 March 2016.
    e.  A detailed discrepancy list will be maintained on NEAS Web.
For guidance on correcting discrepancies via encrypted e-mail, refer
to reference (a), chapter 7.
    f.  Refer to reference (d) regarding procedures for missed exam
cycle for 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.
    g.  Refer to reference (d) regarding examination options for E7
IA candidates.  Commands must submit the command letter of
transmittal in accordance with reference (a).  The in-theatre
selection board eligibility waiver is not an automatic process.

6.  Examination Results.
    a.  E4-E7 results will be provided online via Bupers On-Line to
authorized command representatives prior to release of profile
sheets.
    b.  Commands are directed to verify the examination status
verification report (ESVR) for accuracy before frocking and
advancement of E4-E6 candidates.
    c.  Commands are directed to verify the ESVR for accuracy and
re-verify weekly thereafter until scheduled board convening date for
E7 candidates.  Commands must submit a message to NETPDTC (N321),
info PERS-812/802, requesting invalidation for candidates no longer
eligible or no longer recommended for advancement.  Withdrawal of
advancement must be documented per reference (a), paragraph 721.b.
    d.  Individual Sailors may view/download their profile sheet on
Navy Knowledge Online (NKO); under the Career Management link,
select Navy Advancement Center/My Advancement.

7.  Any additional information regarding this cycle will be posted
on NEAS Web.

8.  POC
    a.  NPC Customer Service Center at 866-u-ask-npc/866-827-5672
or via e-mail at uasknpc(at)navy.mil.
    b.  SCI Exam Questions and Orders at 850-473-5867/5874, DSN 753
or via e-mail at sfly_cryptologic.products(at)navy.mil.
    c.  Exam Orders, Records, and Discrepancies at 850-473-6148,
DSN 753 or via e-mail at sfly_N321_exam_order@navy.mil or sfly_N321
_discrepanc@navy.mil.

9.  For further information (Exam Verbatim, Advancement Manual, and
other related documents) visit the NEAS website at
https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil or the NKO website at
https://www.nko.navy.mil; underthe Career Management link, select
Navy Advancement Center/Command Info.

10.  This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or
canceled, whichever occurs first.

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