R 181719Z OCT 17
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
PASS TO OFFICE CODES:
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/OCT//
SUBJ/MARCH 2018 (CYCLE 239) 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//
REF/E/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/011557ZFEB17//
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
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.
REF E IS NAVADMIN 021/17, ESTABLISHMENT OF YEOMAN (SUBMARINE), LOGISTICS
SPECIALIST (SUBMARINE), CULINARY SPECIALIST (SUBMARINE) AND FIRE CONTROLMAN
(AEGIS) SERVICE RATINGS.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the March 2018 (Cycle 239) Navy-wide
advancement examination (NWAE) for advancement in rate of U.S. Navy, Full
Time Support and Canvasser Recruiter Sailors.
a. Exam dates are:
E6 - 1 March 2018
E5 - 8 March 2018
E4 - 15 March 2018
b. In addition to the requirements chapter 6 of reference (a) and this
message, educational services officers (ESO) must follow the pre-exam
preparation requirements in the exam verbatim located at
2. Eligibility Requirements. Advancement candidate eligibility requirements
are found in reference (a), chapter 2, with the following information
specific only to Cycle 239:
a. The terminal eligibility date used to compute time-in-rate (TIR) is
1 July 2018.
b. The minimum TIR date must be on or before:
E6 - 1 July 2015
E5 - 1 July 2017
E4 - 1 January 2018
c. TIR requirements for early promote E5 Sailors can be waived by 1 year
with commanding officer (CO)/officer in charge approval.
d. High year tenure (HYT) date or approved HYT waiver must be effective
1 July 2018 or later and approved prior to 1 March 2018.
e. Candidates in a rating requiring a security clearance must have a
favorable investigation adjudication issued by the Department of Defense
Central Adjudication Facility and it must be reflected properly in Joint
Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) prior to 1 March 2018. If the CO of
grants an interim clearance, JPAS must be updated prior to 1 March 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 nuclear and submarine ratings.
f. Change of rate must be approved and retention approvals must be
completed before the scheduled exam date of the candidate. This includes
approvals from Navy Personnel Command and Career Waypoints (CWAY), etc.
Sailors under instruction in A-school for rating conversion on the scheduled
date of the NWAE are prohibited from taking any examination.
g. Compute performance mark average (PMA) using all evaluations in the
current rank of the candidate with an ending date that falls within the
following time periods:
E4 exam - 1 June 2017 to 28 February 2018
E5 exam - 1 December 2016 to 28 February 2018
E6 exam - 1 March 2015 to 28 February 2018
h. For additional guidance on computing PMA, refer to reference (a),
chapter 3. For PMA guidance for individual augmentee (IA) Sailors refer to
i. Sailors who have received a "Denied Final - Active" from CWAY and
have a soft end of active obligated service prior to 1 July 2018 are
ineligible and shall not be administered the Cycle 239 NWAE.
j. Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (CTI) Sailors must achieve a
minimum of L2/R2 on the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) 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 (N13F12).
k. Sailors assigned to a submarine source rating must be fully
qualified, in line with Submarine Qualification Designation for Enlisted
Members, MILPERSMAN 1220-040.
3. 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 (d) for IA Sailors who are pending deployment
to, or are deployed to and operating in a congressionally designated combat
zones and approved contingency operations areas.
b. CTI/CTN/CTR sensitive compartmented information (SCI) exam cycle
opening and closing ordering dates can be found on the Navy Enlisted
Advancement System (NEAS) Web at https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil.
(1) ESO must verify initial Active TIR eligibility lists on
NEAS Web for exam ordering.
(2) Additional exams are ordered in message format via e-mail to
sfly_cryptologic.products(at)navy.mil or via message following the guidelines
of reference (a), chapter 4. Commands should replace SHIP TO UIC on the
message format with their Department of Defense Activity Address Code account
number. In addition, include POC, the number of exams required with full
name, rate, and Department of Defense Identification number. The deadline
for additional orders is 3 January 2018. The deadline for SCI substitute
exam orders is 4 April 2018.
c. Exam ordering for non-SCI exams begins 26 November 2017. ESOs must
verify TIR eligibility lists on NEAS Web during the following time periods:
(1) Initial TIR lists will be available:
E6 - 26 November 2017 to 13 December 2017
E5 - 26 November 2017 to 1 January 2018
E4 - 26 November 2017 to 15 January 2018
(2) Additional TIR lists will be available:
E6 - 14 December 2017 to 24 January 2018
E5 - 2 January 2018 to 28 January 2018
E4 - 16 January 2018 to 4 February 2018
(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 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 in chapter 4 of reference (a). Ensure a POC is included in the
d. Commands must select the appropriate exams (i.e., NCC/NCR, ATI/ATO,
e. Substitute exams must be kept to a minimum and require justification
as stipulated in chapter 4 of reference (a).
(1) Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center
(NETPDC) is the approval authority for all substitute exams. The deadline for
ordering non-SCI substitute examinations is 6 April 2018.
(2) Recent graduates of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program training
pipeline on transfer leave in route to their first at-sea assignment during
the E4/E5 examination date will have substitute examinations ordered for them
by their ultimate duty station if dates permit exam ordering before the
f. ESOs 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 Discrepancies Branch
g. 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 (e) for the
establishment of these new service ratings.
h. USN candidates in the following ratings are separated into the
following competitive groups:
Group 1 - Middle East/North Africa
Group 2 - East/Far East
Group 3 - Latin/South America
Group 4 - Eastern Europe
(2) EMN, ETN, and MMN
Group 1 - Submarine
Group 2 - Surface
Group 3 Training
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.
b. ESO 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. Answer sheets that are in error
will not be counted until they are processed 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, NETPDC
will also accept discrepancy corrections by encrypted e-mail.
5. Exam Results
a. E4-E6 results will be provided via Bureau of Naval Personnel 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 at
6. Any additional information regarding this cycle will be posted on NEAS
7. 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) 473-5867/DSN 753 or via e-mail
c. 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 such as reference (a), exam verbatim, and other
related documents, visit NEAS Web at https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil.
9. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.
10. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//