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SUBJ/SEPTEMBER 2018 (CYCLE 240) NAVY-WIDE PETTY OFFICER (E4-E6) ADVANCEMENT 
EXAMINATIONS FOR USN, FULL TIME SUPPORT, AND CANVASSER RECRUITER SAILORS//

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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 COMMANDING OFFICER AUTHORITY TO 
REINSTATE UP TO E4 RANK AND ELIMINATION OF E4 ADVANCEMENT EXAMS FOR 20 
RATINGS WITH ACCELERATED ADVANCEMENT.
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 announces the September 2018 (Cycle 240) 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 - 6 September 2018
        E5 - 13 September 2018
        E4 - 20 September 2018
    b.  In addition to the requirements of reference (a), chapter 6, and this 
message, Educational Services Officers (ESO) must follow the pre-exam 
preparation requirements in the exam verbatim located at 
https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil.

2.  Eligibility Requirements.  Eligibility requirements are found in 
reference (a), chapter 2, with the following information specific only to 
Cycle 240:
    a.  The terminal eligibility date used to compute time-in-rate
(TIR) is 1 January 2019.
    b.  The minimum TIR date must be on or before:
        E6 - 1 January 2016
        E5 - 1 January 2018
        E4 - 1 July 2018
    c.  E6 candidate TIR requirements for Early Promote Sailors can be waived 
by one year with commanding officer (CO)/officer in charge approval.
    d.  High year tenure (HYT) date must be effective 1 January 2019 or 
later, or HYT waiver must be approved prior to 1 September 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 September 2018.  If the 
commanding officer of the candidate grants an interim clearance, JPAS must be 
updated prior to 1 September 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, GM, HT, IC, IS, IT, LN, MA, MC, MN, ND, 
OS, QM, SB, SO, STG, YN, nuclear and submarine ratings.
    f.  Change of rating and retention approvals must be approved and 
completed before the scheduled exam date of the candidate.  This includes 
approvals from Navy Personnel Command and Career Waypoints.
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 January 2018 to 31 August 2018
        E5 exam - 1 June 2017 to 31 August 2018
        E6 exam - 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2018
    h.  For additional guidance on computing PMA, refer to reference (a), 
chapter 3.  For PMA guidance for Individual Augmentee (IA) Sailors refer to 
reference (c).
    i.  Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (CTI) Sailors must achieve a 
minimum of L2/R2 on their most recent 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 Language, 
Regional Expertise, and Culture Office (OPNAV (N13F)).  Any CTI whose primary 
language DLPT has expired must possess a valid Inability to Test waiver from 
OPNAV (N13F) in order to participate in the advancement cycle.
    j.  Sailors assigned to a Submarine source rating must be physically 
qualified, in line with Submarine Qualification Designation for Enlisted 
Members (MILPERSMAN 1220-040) or be in the process of rating conversion to a 
non-submarine rating to be eligible for advancement.  Submarine Sailors that 
are designated in training for submarine qualifications are allowed to 
participate in the NWAE.
    k.  In line with reference (d), the following 20 ratings from the 
Advanced Electronics Field, Advanced Technical Field, and Nuclear Field 
Programs are considered accelerated advancement ratings and the associated E4 
advancement exam for each is
eliminated:  AWF, AWO, AWR, AWS, AWV, CTI, CTN, EMN, EOD, ET, ETN, FC, FCA, 
IS, ITS, MMN, MT, ND, SB, and SO.

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 (e) for IA Sailors who are pending deployment 
to, or are deployed to and operating in congressionally designated combat 
zones and approved contingency operations areas.
    b.  CTI/Cryptologic Technician-Network (CTN)/Cryptologic Technician-
Collection (CTR) Sensitive Compartmented Information
(SCI) exam 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, and the number of exams required with full 
name, rate, and Department of Defense Identification number.  The deadline 
for additional orders is 1 June 2018.  The deadline for SCI substitute exam 
orders is 4 September 2018.
    c.  Exam ordering for non-SCI exams begins 30 May 2018.  ESOs must verify 
TIR eligibility lists on NEAS Web during the following time periods:
        (1) Initial TIR lists will be available:
            E6 - 30 May 2018 to 24 June 2018
            E5 - 30 May 2018 to 8 July 2018
            E4 - 30 May 2018 to 19 July 2018
        (2) Additional TIR lists will be available:
            E6 - 25 June 2018 to 31 July 2018
            E5 - 9 July 2018 to 5 August 2018
            E4 - 20 July 2018 to 5 August 2018
        (3) 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 message.  Every effort 
will be taken to send regular exams, otherwise, substitute exams will be 
sent.
    d.  Commands must select the appropriate exams (i.e., NCC/NCR, ATI/ATO, 
etc.).
    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 5 October 2018.
        (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 if dates permit exam ordering before the 
published deadline.
    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 NETPDC (N321).
    g.  USN candidates in the following ratings are separated into the 
following competitive groups:
        (1) CTI
            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 
receipt.
    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.
    e.  Refer to reference (e) regarding procedures for missed 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.

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 on NEAS Web for accuracy before frocking and/or advancement of E4-E6 
candidates.
    c.  Individual Sailors may view/download their profile sheet at 
https://prod-neas.ncdc.navy.mil/NEASRpts/Individual.aspx.

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

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 
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 
sfly_N321_discrepanc(at)navy.mil.

8.  For further information, to include 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.//

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