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SUBJ/MARCH 2016 (CYCLE 231) NAVY-WIDE PETTY OFFICER (E4-E6) ADVANCEMENT
EXAMINATIONS FOR USN, FULL TIME SUPPORT, AND CANVASSER RECRUITER SAILORS//
REF/B/MSG/SECNAV WASHINGTON DC/052044ZMAR13//
REF/C/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/252221ZJUN10//
REF/D/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/131544ZDEC07//
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 announces the March 2016 (cycle 231) Navy-wide
advancement examination (NWAE) for advancement in rate of U.S. Navy (USN),
full time support and canvasser recruiter Sailors.
a. Exam dates are:
E6 - 3 March 2016
E5 - 10 March 2016
E4 - 17 March 2016
b. In addition to the requirements of reference (a), chapter 6,
educational services officers (ESO) must also follow the pre-exam
requirements in the exam verbatim located 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.
2. Eligibility Requirements. Advancement candidate eligibility requirements
are found in reference (a), chapter 2, with the following information
specific only to cycle 231:
a. The terminal eligibility date used to compute time-in-rate (TIR) is
1 July 2016.
b. The minimum TIR date must be on or before:
E6 - 1 July 2013
E5 - 1 July 2015
E4 - 1 January 2016
c. E6 candidate TIR requirements for Early Promote Sailors can be waived
for one year with commanding officer (CO)/officer in charge approval.
d. High year tenure (HYT) date or approved HYT waiver must be effective
1 July 2016 or later.
e. Candidates in a rating requiring a security clearance must have a
favorable investigation adjudication issued by the Department of Defense
Consolidated Adjudication Facility or have a CO's interim clearance granted
before 1 March 2016. Once Sailors have a clearance they must maintain that
clearance eligibility. If for any reason a clearance is denied or revoked,
an exam will not be authorized until a new clearance is granted. Sailors in
the following ratings must, at minimum, maintain continuous security
clearance eligibility for this cycle: 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. Refer to reference (b), for additional
f. Change-of-rate must be approved and retention approvals must be
completed before the candidate's scheduled exam date. This includes
approvals from Navy Personnel Command, "A" schools, Career Waypoints (CWAY),
g. Compute performance mark average (PMA) using all evaluations in the
candidate's current rank with an ending date that falls within the following
E4 exam - 1 June 2015 to 29 February 2016
E5 exam - 1 December 2014 to 29 February 2016
E6 exam - 1 March 2013 to 29 February 2016
h. For additional guidance on computing PMA, refer to reference (a),
chapter 3. For PMA guidance for individual augmentee (IA) Sailors refer to
i. CWAY: Sailors who have received a "Denied Final - Active" from CWAY
as of the December 2015 application rack and stack (results released in
January 2016) are ineligible and shall not be administered the cycle 231
3. 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 (d) for IA Sailors who are pending deployment
to, or are deployed to and operating in a congressionally designated combat
b. CTI/CTN/CTR sensitive compartmented information (SCI) exam ordering
dates can be found on the Navy Enlisted Advancement System (NEAS) website at
(1) 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 of
reference (a), chapter 4. Commands must include their Department of Defense
activity address code 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 4 January 2016. The deadline for SCI substitute exam orders is
31 March 2016.
c. Exam ordering for non-SCI exams begins 30 November 2015. ESO must
verify TIR eligibility lists on the NEAS website during the following time
(1) Initial TIR lists will be available:
E6 - 30 Nov 2015 3 Jan 2016
E5 - 30 Nov 2015 10 Jan 2016
E4 - 30 Nov 2015 17 Jan 2016
(2) Additional TIR lists will be available:
E6 - 4 Jan 2016 24 Jan 2016
E5 - 11 Jan 2016 31 Jan 2016
E4 - 18 Jan 2016 7 Feb 2016
(3) Additional regular exams required after the TIR list has closed
will be considered; otherwise, substitute exams will be sent. Exams required
after the TIR lists have closed shall 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
d. Commands must select the appropriate examinations (i.e. NCC/NCR,
ATI/ATO, ET/ETV/ETR, etc.).
e. Substitute exams should be kept to a minimum and require
justification as stipulated in chapter 4 of reference (a).
(1) Naval Education and Training Professional Development and
Technology Center (NETPDTC) is the approval authority for all substitute
exams. The deadline for ordering non-SCI substitute examinations is 11 April
(2) Recent graduates of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program training
pipeline on transfer leave enroute to their first at-sea assignment during
the E4/E5 examination date will have substitute examinations ordered for them
by their ultimate duty station when dates permit exam ordering before the
f. 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 NETPDTC.
g. USN candidates in the following ratings are separated into the
following competitive groups:
(1) 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
(3) EMN, ETN, and MMN
Group 1 - Submarine
Group 2 - Surface
Group 3 Training
Group 1 - Non-AEGIS
Group 2 - AEGIS
4. 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 at
https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil/Public/Toteboard.aspx often to ensure answer
sheets have been received and scanned. Answer sheets that are in error will
not be counted until they have scanned successfully.
c. Substitute examinations must be administered within seven days of
d. A detailed discrepancy list will be maintained on NEAS Web. For
guidance on correcting discrepancies, refer to reference (a), chapter 7. In
addition to processing discrepancy corrections via letter or message, NETPDTC
will also accept discrepancy corrections by encrypted e-mail.
5. Exam Results.
a. E4-E6 results will be provided 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 for accuracy before frocking and/or advancement of E4-E6 candidates.
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.
6. Any additional information regarding this cycle will be posted on NEAS
7. 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. For SCI exam questions and orders, 850-473-5874/5867/DSN 753 or via
e-mail at sfly_cryptologic.products(at)navy.mil.
c. For exam orders, records, and discrepancies, 850-473-6148/DSN 753 or
via e-mail at sfly_N321_exam_order(at)navy.mil or
8. For further information (exam verbatim, reference (a), 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; under the career management link,
select Navy Advancement Center/Command Info.
9. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.
10. Released by Vice Admiral W. F. Moran, N1.//