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SUBJ/JANUARY 2018 CYCLE 238 ACTIVE AND FULL TIME SUPPORT E7 NAVY-WIDE
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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
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.
REF F IS NAVADMIN 021/17, ESTABLISHMENT OF YEOMAN (SUBMARINE), LOGISTICS
SPECIALIST (SUBMARINE), CULINARY SPECIALIST (SUBMARINE) AND FIRE CONTROLMAN
(AEGIS) SERVICE RATINGS.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN provides guidance for administration of the January
2018 (Cycle 238) E7 Navy-Wide Advancement Examination (NWAE) for U.S. Navy
(USN) active and Full-Time Support (FTS) Sailors only. Information pertaining
to selection board criteria will be promulgated via a future NAVADMIN.
a. 18 January 2018: Administration of exams for USN and FTS.
b. 31 January 2018: Individual augmentation (IA) evaluations used for
time-in-rate (TIR) waivers must have an ending period by this date.
3. Eligibility Criteria
a. Candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements outlined in
chapter 2 of reference (a) and this message prior to 18 January 2018 to be
considered as a candidate. Candidates who do not meet the eligibility
requirements are ineligible for the Cycle 238 NWAE and shall not be
administered an advancement examination.
b. Terminal eligibility date (TED) for Cycle 238 used to compute the TIR
is 1 January 2019. The minimum TIR date must be on or before 1 January
c. TIR requirements for Early Promote Sailors can be waived for 1 year
with commanding officer or officer in charge approval.
d. High year tenure (HYT) date or approved HYT waiver must be effective
1 September 2018 or later and approved prior to
18 January 2018.
e. Candidates who have been selected for Seaman to Admiral, Medical
Enlisted Commissioning Program and Medical Service Corps 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. Candidates in a rating requiring a security clearance must have a
favorable investigation adjudication issued by the Department of Defense
Central Adjudication Facility (DODCAF) and it must be reflected properly in
Joint Personnel Adjudication (JPAS) prior to 18 January 2018. If the
candidates commanding officer grants an interim clearance, JPAS must be
updated prior to 18 January 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, FT, GM, HT, IC, IS, IT, LN, MA,
MC, MN, MT, ND, OS, QM, SB, SO, STG, YN, and as well as all nuclear and
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 a BRCL of 32 and a SPI
code of W (enlisted canvasser recruiter) are ineligible for advancement to E7
and are only authorized to take the NWAE for Limited Duty Officer (LDO)
i. Naval Special Warfare (NSW) personnel. In line with reference (c),
the NSW alternative final multiple score will be used to determine selection
board eligibility for Special Warfare Operator and Special Warfare Boat
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 a Performance Mark Average (PMA) of a
candidate must be inclusive of period 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2017.
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 2017 in block 15.
l. Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (CTI) Sailors must achieve a
minimum of L2/R2 on the Defense Language Proficiency Test 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 Foreign Language Office, OPNAV (N13F12).
m. Sailors assigned to a Submarine source rating must be fully
qualified, in line with Submarine Qualification Designation for Enlisted
Members (MILPERSMAN 1220-040).
4. 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, a Congressionally Designated Combat
Zone and Approved Contingency Operations Areas (CDCZ/ACOA).
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 NEAS Web 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) or account number, POC, and the number
of exams required. DODAAC commands requesting the forwarding of exams should
include the forwarding command as an info addressee on the message. The
deadline for additional orders is 30 September 2017. The deadline for
substitute SCI exam orders is 31 January 2018.
c. Exam ordering for non-SCI exams begins on 3 September 2017. ESOs must
verify TIR eligibility lists on NEAS Web during the following time periods:
(1) Initial TIR lists will be open for review and editing until 5
(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 6 November 2017 until 3 December 2017.
(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 shall 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.
d. Substitute exams must be kept to a minimum and require justification
as stipulated in chapter 4 of reference (a). Naval Education and Training
Professional Development Center (NETPDC) is the approval authority for all
substitute exams. The deadline for non-SCI substitute examination ordering
is 9 February 2018.
e. ESO 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 Discrepancy Branch
5. General Examination Information
a. Examinations will be administered in line with chapter 6 of reference
(a). Do not administer Cycle 238 examinations prior to 18 January 2018
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 CDCZ/ACOA.
Commands must submit the command letter of transmittal in line with reference
(a). The in-theatre selection board eligibility waiver is not an automatic
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 (Recruiter) (NCR) examinations. Administer NCR
examinations to the Navy counselor (NC) holding the 2186 Navy Enlisted
Classification. Administer Navy Counselor (Counselor) (NCC) examinations to
all other NCs.
e. Aviation Electronics Technician (AT) examinations. Administer AT
(Intermediate) examinations for intermediate maintenance personnel and AT
(Organizational) 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 AC specialist
certificate (FAA 7220-1) and meet requirements established in the manual of
the medical department.
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. Separate exams are given for Yeoman (Submarine) (YNS), Logistics
Specialist (Submarine) (LSS), Culinary Specialist (Submarine) (CSS) and Fire
Controlman (Aegis) (FCA) service ratings. Refer to reference (f) for the
establishment of these new service ratings.
i. If an exam is administered in error, the command must request to
invalidate in line with reference (a), paragraph 610.
6. Competing Groups. USN candidates in the following ratings are separated
into the following competing groups:
GROUP 1 - Middle East/North Africa
GROUP 2 - East/Far East
GROUP 3 - Latin/South America
GROUP 4 - Eastern Europe
b. EMN, ETN, and MMN
GROUP 1 - Submarine
GROUP 2 - Surface
GROUP 1 - Premier Band
GROUP 2 - Fleet Band
7. Exam Administration and Answer Sheet Return
a. For exam administration and answer sheet return instructions, refer
to the exam verbatim at https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil.
b. ESOs 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.
c. Substitute examinations must be administered within 7 days of
d. A detailed discrepancy list will be maintained on NEAS Web. Refer to
reference (a), chapter 7 for guidance on correcting discrepancies. In
addition to processing discrepancy corrections via letter or message, NETPDC
will also accept discrepancy corrections by encrypted e-mail.
8. Examination Results
a. Results will be provided via BUPERS On-Line to authorized command
representatives prior to the release of the profile sheets.
b. Commands must verify their Exam Status Verification Report and submit
a message to NETPDC (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 in
line with reference (a), paragraph 721b.
c. Individual Sailors may view/download their profile sheet at
9. Additional information regarding this cycle will be posted on NEAS Web.
10. Points of Contact
a. Navy Personnel Command 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: 850-473-5867/DSN 753 or via e-mail at
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 (reference (a), exam verbatim, and other related
documents) visit NEAS web at https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil.
12. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or cancelled.
13. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//