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SUBJ/JANUARY 2016 CYCLE 230 ACTIVE AND FULL TIME SUPPORT E7 NAVY-WIDE
ADVANCEMENT EXAMINATION (CORRECTED COPY)//
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NARR/REF A IS BUPERSINST 1430.16F, ADVANCEMENT MANUAL FOR ENLISTED PERSONNEL
OF U.S. NAVY AND U.S. NAVY RESERVE. REF B IS ALNAV 015/13, PERSONNEL
SECURITY INVESTIGATION SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS. REF C IS NAVADMIN 259/10,
NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE ALTERNATIVE FINAL MULTIPLE SCORE IMPLEMENTATION IN FY-
11. REF D IS NAVADMIN 215/10, PERFORMANCE EVALUATION AND ADVANCEMENT
GUIDANCE FOR INDIVIDUAL AUGMENTEE SAILORS. REF E 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 the January
2016 (Cycle 230) E7 Navy-Wide Advancement Examination (NWAE) for active and
full time support (FTS) Sailors only. Information pertaining to selection
board criteria will be promulgated via a future NAVADMIN.
a. 21 January 2016: Administration of exams for USN (active) and FTS.
b. 29 February 2016: Individual augmentation (IA) evaluations used for
time-in-rate (TIR) waivers must have an ending date by this date.
3. Eligibility Criteria
a. Candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements outlined in
chapter 2 of reference (a) prior to 21 January 2016 to be considered as a
candidate. Candidates who do not meet the eligibility requirements are
ineligible for cycle 230 NWAE and shall not be administered an advancement
b. Terminal eligibility date (TED) for Cycle 230 used to compute the TIR
is 1 January 2017. The minimum TIR date must be on or before l January 2014.
c. TIR requirements for Early Promote Sailors can be waived for one year
with CO/OIC approval.
d. High year tenure (HYT) date or approved HYT waiver must be effective
1 September 2016 or later.
e. Commissioning Programs. Candidates who have been selected for Seaman
to Admiral (STA-21), Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program (MECP) and
Medical Service Corps (MSC) in-service procurement programs remain eligible
for advancement consideration. Selection to any other officer commissioning
program renders candidates ineligible and those examinations must be
invalidated by their commands.
f. Security Clearance. Candidates in a rating requiring a security
clearance must have a favorable investigation adjudication issued by the
Department of Defense Central Adjudication Facility or the commanding
officers interim clearance must have been granted before 1 January 2016.
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, 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.
g. 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.
h. Canvasser recruiter (CANREC) personnel with BRCL of 32 and a SPI of W
are ineligible for advancement to E7 and are only authorized to take the NWAE
for limited duty officer purposes.
i. Naval Special Warfare (NSW) personnel. Per reference (c), the NSW
alternative final multiple score (AFMS) will be used to determine selection
board eligibility for Special Warfare Operator (SO) and Special Warfare Boat
Operator (SB) ratings.
j. Candidates must meet special requirements (citizenship, security
clearance, medical, etc.) for certain ratings as outlined in paragraph 204 of
reference (a), prior to the regular exam date.
k. Evaluations used to compute performance mark average (PMA) must be
inclusive of period 1 January 2013 - 31 December 2015. For additional
guidance on computing PMA, refer to chapter 3 of reference (a). Refer to
reference (d) for use of concurrent evaluations for specific IA/global
support assignment (GSA) tours for PMA computation and to establish
eligibility for early promote TIR waivers. Only E6 evaluations are to be
used for PMA computation. If a service member does not have an evaluation
during the period specified, prepare a special evaluation with 31 December
2015 in block 15.
4. Exam Ordering
a. Deploying commands can order exams up to six 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.
b. CTI/CTN/CTR sensitive compartmented information (SCI) exam ordering
dates can be found on the Navy Enlisted Advancement System (NEAS) website at
(1) Educational Services Officers (ESO) 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 in
chapter 4 of reference (a). 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 28 September 2015. The deadline for substitute SCI exam
orders is 31 January 2016.
c. Exam ordering for non-SCI exams begins 14 September 2015. ESOs must
verify TIR eligibility lists on the NEAS website during the following time
(1) Initial TIR lists will be open for review and editing until 8
November 2015. Initial TIR exam orders will be processed 9 November 2015.
(2) Eligible candidates that were not added to the initial TIR list
can be added to a supplemental TIR list. Additional TIR lists will be
available 9 November 2015 to 6 December 2015. The supplemental orders will
be processed 8 December 2015.
(3) Additional regular exams required after the TIR list has closed
will be considered; otherwise, substitute exams will be sent. Exams ordered
after the TIR list has closed should be 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 of reference (a). Ensure a POC is
included in the message.
(4) Substitute exams should be kept to a minimum and require
justification as stipulated in chapter 4 of reference (a). Naval Education
and Training Professional Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC) is the
approval authority for all substitute exams. The Deadline for non-SCI
substitute examination ordering is 12 February 2016.
d. ESO must verify the examination order at the View Previous Exam
Orders link via NEAS web within 14 days of placing the order.
5. General Examination Information
a. Examination will be administered per chapter 6 of reference (a). Do
not administer Cycle 230 examinations prior to 21 January 2016 unless
specifically authorized by Enlisted Career Administration (PERS-812).
b. Refer to reference (e) regarding examination options for Sailors who
are pending deployment to, or are deployed to and operating in a
Congressionally designated combat zone. 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.
c. Authorized materials during examination administration, only those
materials specifically identified and listed in chapter 6 of reference (a),
this NAVADMIN and the general examination verbatim instructions are
authorized for use during examination administration.
d. Navy Counselor (NC) Recruiter examinations. Administer Navy Career
Counselor (Recruiter) (NCCR) examinations to the NCs holding the 2186 Navy
Enlisted Classification (NEC). Administer Navy Career Counselor (Counselor)
(NCCC) examinations to all other NCs.
e. Aviation Electronics Technician (AT) examinations. Administer
Aviation Electronics Technician (Intermediate) (ATI) examinations for
intermediate maintenance personnel and Aviation Electronics Technician
(Organizational) (ATO) examinations for organizational maintenance personnel.
Personnel will continue to be tested via two separate examinations, but will
be merged together for advancement purposes.
f. Air Traffic Controllers (AC) must possess a valid FAA 7220-1 ATCS
certificate and meet requirements established in NAVMED P-117.
g. Nuclear Electronics Technician (ETN), Nuclear Electricians Mate
(EMN), and Nuclear Machinists Mate (MMN) examinations:
(1) ETN, EMN, and MMN candidates will take nuclear-specific rating
(2) Nuclear Surface and Submarine candidates will take the same
h. The Non-Nuclear Electronic Technicians (ET) rating has separate exams
for Electronic Technicians (Communications) (ETR), Electronic Technicians
(Navigation) (ETV) and ET. The Non-Nuclear Machinists Mate (MM) rating has
separate exams for Machinists Mate (Engineering) (MME), Machinists Mate
(Weapons) (MMW), and MM. Administer the appropriate examination in accordance
with (IAW) applicable NEC:
(1) ET Examinations:
ETR - NEC 14BH, 14HH, 14RO, 14TO, 14CM, 14TM, 14EM, 14RM
ETV - NEC 14NM, 14NO, 14NV, 14SM, 14TK, 14XM, 14NP, 14GM,
NOTE: ET surface - Administer the ET examination.
(2) MM examinations:
MME - NEC 4230, 4231, 4234
MMW - NEC 4232, 4233, 4235
NOTE: MM Surface - Administer MM examinations.
i. If an exam is administered in error, the command must request to
invalidate IAW reference (a), paragraph 610.
6. Competing Groups. USN candidates in the following ratings are separated
into the following competing groups:
a. CS, LS, and YN
GROUP 1 - Submarine
GROUP 2 - All others
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 1 - Non-AEGIS
GROUP 2 - AEGIS
GROUP 1 - Premier Band
GROUP 2 - Fleet Band
7. Exam administration and answer sheet return
a. Refer to the exam verbatim at https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil for
exam administration and answer sheet return. 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 the NEAS website at
https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil/Public/Toteboard.aspx to ensure answer sheets
have been received and processed.
c. Substitute examinations must be administered within seven days of
d. A detailed discrepancy list will be maintained on the NEAS website.
Refer to reference (a), chapter 7 for guidance on correcting discrepancies.
8. Examination Results
a. Results will be provided online via Bupers On-Line (BOL) to
authorized command representatives prior to the release of the profile
b. Commands must verify their exam status verification report (ESVR) and
submit a message to Naval Education and Training Professional Development and
Technology Center (N321), info Eligibility and Promotions Branch (PERS-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.
c. Individual Sailors may view/download their profile sheet on the Navy
Knowledge Online (NKO); under the Career Management link, select Navy
Advancement Center/My Advancement.
9. Additional information regarding this cycle will be posted on the NEAS
10. 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: 850-473-5874/5867/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
11. For further information (exam verbatim, advancement manual, and other
related documents) visit the NKO website at
https://www.nko.navy.mil; under the Career Management link, select Navy
Advancement Center/Command Info.
12. This message will remain in effect until canceled or superseded,
whichever occurs first.
13. Released by Vice Admiral W. F. Moran, N1.//