The March 2014 (Cycle 223) Navy-wide Petty Officer Advancement Exam Announcement (NAVADMIN 312/13) follows:
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SUBJ/MARCH 2014 (CYCLE 223) NAVY-WIDE PETTY OFFICER (E4-E6) ADVANCEMENT
EXAMINATIONS FOR USN, USNR (ACTIVE), FULL TIME SUPPORT, AND CANVASSER
(CANREC) RECRUITER SAILORS//
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NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 336/07, ADMINISTRATION OF THE NAVY-WIDE ADVANCEMENT
EXAMINATION FOR SAILORS IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, AND THE HORN OF AFRICA.
REF B IS BUPERSINST 1430.16F, ADVANCEMENT MANUAL FOR THE ENLISTED PERSONNEL OF U.S.
NAVY AND U.S. NAVY RESERVE.
REF C IS MILPERSMAN 1160-120, HIGH YEAR TENURE(HYT).
REF D IS NAVADMIN 150/13, CAREER NAVIGATOR PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT PART II.
REF E IS OPNAVINST 1414.4C, NAVY ENLISTED FLEET MARINE FORCE WARFARE
SPECIALIST QUALIFICATION PROGRAM.
REF F IS OPNAVINST 6110.1J, PHYSICAL READINESS PROGRAM.
REF G IS ALNAV 015/13, PERSONNEL SECURITY INVESTIGATION SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS.
REF H IS NAVADMIN 215/10, PERFORMANCE EVALUATION AND ADVANCEMENT GUIDANCE FOR INDIVIDUAL AUGMENTEE SAILORS.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the March 2014 (cycle 223) Navy-Wide
Advancement Examination (NWAE) for advancement in rate of USN/USNR (Active),
Full Time Support (FTS), and Canvasser Recruiter (CANREC) Sailors. The
examination dates are:
E6 - 6 March 2014
E5 - 13 March 2014
E4 - 20 March 2014
a. Refer to ref (a) regarding advancement examination options for
Sailors who are pending deployment to or are deployed and operating in Iraq,
Afghanistan, or the Horn of Africa to include ordering exams 6 months prior
to the next advancement cycle. Additionally, ships deploying to remote areas
unable to receive mail can order exams 6 months early. Educational Services
Officers (ESOs) must follow procedures in refs (a) and (b) to execute
processing of missed examination cycles prior to cycle 223 due to deployments
covered in ref (a). Navy Education and Training Professional Development and
Technology Center (NETPDTC) Points of Contact (POCs) are Mr. Bruce Dietly at
(850) 473-6140/DSN 753 or via e-mail at bruce.dietly(at)navy.mil or Ms.
Jennifer Spohn at (850) 473-6148/DSN 753 or via e-mail at
b. Do not administer any cycle 223 examinations prior to the scheduled
examination date unless authorized per ref (a) or ref (b), or specifically
authorized by Navy Personnel Command (NPC) PERS-812.
c. This NAVADMIN supplements ref (b). Paragraph 11 contains a list of
key dates and events, paragraph 12 contains a list of websites, and paragraph
13 contains a list of POCs for quick reference.
2. Examination ordering:
a. CTI/CTN/CTR Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) examination
(1) Once the ordering window has closed, additional/substitute SCI
examination orders can be submitted via message or encrypted e-mail in
accordance with ref (b), figure 4-1/4-2, message format to NETPDTC Pensacola,
FL (N332). Encrypted e-mail should contain message format as an attachment.
Commands must include their Department of Defense Activity Address Code
account number, POC, and the number of examinations required. Commands
requesting the forwarding of examinations should include the forwarding
command as an info addressee on the message. The deadline for ordering
substitute examinations is 3 April 2014.
(2) NETPDTC SCI examination POCs are Mrs. Janet Mejias at (850) 452-
1620/DSN 459 or via e-mail at sfly_cryptologic.products (at)navy.mil or Ms.
Judy Boston at (850) 452-1045/DSN 459 or via e-mail at
b. Non-SCI examination ordering:
(1) Time in rate (TIR) eligibility lists for examination ordering of
all other ratings will be available at the NEAS website at
https://neasos.cnet.navy.mil as follows:
E6 - 8 Dec 2013 - 2 Jan 2014
E5 - 8 Dec 2013 - 9 Jan 2014
E4 - 8 Dec 2013 - 16 Jan 2014
(Paragraph 2.e. contains specific guidance.)
(2) After the closing date for the initial examination order, the
NEAS website will re-open for additional examination orders, as follows:
E6 - 3 Jan 2014 - 23 Jan 2014
E5 - 10 Jan 2014 - 30 Jan 2014
E4 - 17 Jan 2014 - 06 Feb 2014
(3) Once internet ordering is closed, additional and substitute
examination orders must be submitted via message or encrypted e-mail to
sfly_n321_exam_order(at)navy.mil per figure 4-1/4-2 of ref (b). Encrypted e-
mail should have message format as an attachment with POC included in
message. Deadline for ordering substitute examination is 6 April 2014.
Substitute examinations must be administered NLT 26 April 2014, or within
seven days of receipt after the deadline date. Substitute examination orders
should be held to a minimum in order to accurately determine advancement
quotas. Requests for substitute examinations must include valid
justification for missing the regularly scheduled examination. Include valid
justification for missing the regularly scheduled examination. Details for
"admin error" or "operational commitment" are required. ESOs must info
addressee receiving commands to which examinations are being forwarded.
c. Command ESOs may register for access at the NEAS website.
d. ESOs must verify TIR lists and take the following actions as
(1) Eligible candidates not listed - Commands must add candidates and
appropriate examination to the TIR list.
(2) Listed candidates who are not eligible or are no longer
recommended for advancement - Commands must click "no" and "submit" buttons
to delete names from the TIR list. Per paragraph 3.d. of this NAVADMIN,
Sailors with a "Denied Final - Active" status from Career Waypoints (CWAY)
are not eligible to participate in the NWAE and commands should not order an
examination for them. Sailors that have a CWAY status of "Intends to
Separate" are eligible to be administered the cycle 223 NWAE.
(3) Candidates no longer attached to command - Commands must delete
or order/forward examinations, as applicable.
(4) Appropriate examination for candidates - Commands must select the
appropriate examinations for rating conversions or separate competitive
groups within ratings (i.e., NCC1/NCR1, ATI1/ATO1).
e. ESOs must verify the examination order at the "View Previous Exam
Orders" link via NEAS within 14 days of placing the order. If discrepancies
are noted, contact NETPDTC at (850) 473-6142/DSN 753.
3. Eligibility requirements:
a. Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements outlined in ref (b),
chapter 2, and prior to examination administration date for their pay grade.
Refer to paragraph 1 of this NAVADMIN for examination administration dates.
Candidates who do not meet eligibility requirements are ineligible for
advancement and shall not be administered a cycle 223 advancement
b. Terminal Eligibility Date (TED): The TED for cycle 223 used to
compute TIR is 1 July 2014. E6 personnel with a TIR date of 1 July 2011 or
earlier; E5 with a TIR date of 1 July 2013 or earlier; and E4 with a TIR date
of 1 January 2014 or earlier are eligible. Refer to ref (b), table 2-2 for
c. High Year Tenure (HYT): Per ref (c), candidates who reach HYT on or
after 1 July 2014, or who have received a HYT waiver to remain on active-duty
on or after 1 July 2014, are eligible to participate in the NWAE. Candidates
with a HYT date prior to 1 July 2014 are not eligible to compete for
advancement and shall not be administered an examination.
d. CWAY: Sailors who have received a Denied Final - Active from CWAY as
of the December 2013 application rack and stack, for which results are
available in January, are ineligible and shall not be administered cycle 223
e. Non-designated Sailors: Commands are required to use the CWAY tool
to validate rating qualifications and request rating entry via NWAE
participation for non-designated Sailors. Complete CWAY applications in
accordance with ref (d). Only CWAY applications which have been submitted
and approved during a September 2013 - February 2014 rack and stack are valid
for cycle 223 examinations. Non-designated Sailors who do not meet this
requirement are not eligible for rating entry via cycle 223 and shall not be
administered an examination.
f. Warfare qualification requirements: Refer to ref (e).
g. Physical Readiness Program requirements: Refer to ref (f).
h. TIR waivers: TIR waivers and examination administration of Early
Promote (EP) candidates must be in accordance with ref (b), paragraph 216.f.
Candidates who have been granted EP TIR waivers must be identified during
examination ordering and on the transmittal letter to NETPDTC (N321).
i. Security clearance: Personnel in certain ratings must, at a minimum,
maintain continuous security clearance eligibility. A favorable
investigation adjudication must be issued from Department of Defense Central
Adjudication Facility or the member's Commanding Officer (CO) must grant
temporary access (an interim clearance) prior to the first day of the month
of the regularly scheduled examination date. CO's must follow procedures
from the Navy Personnel Security Program to grant interim access. In
accordance with ref (g), Sailors with an expired or expiring security
clearance who have proper access and have maintained security clearance
eligibility may participate in this examination cycle. Sailors in the
following ratings who do not meet this requirement are ineligible for
advancement and shall not be administered an examination: 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. This guidance
supersedes chapter 2 of ref (b).
j. "A" School Candidates:
(1) Sailors who have reported to "A" School for a rating conversion
and have not graduated prior to the regular examination are not eligible to
participate in the examination.
(2) Sailors who graduate from mandatory class "A" School before the
regular examination date and are qualified in all respects are eligible to
compete for advancement in their new rating.
(3) Non-Designated Sailors in initial entry training, to include "A"
School, who enlisted under an "A" School guarantee program are ineligible for
participation in the examination until completion of class "A" School.
k. Branch Class (BRCL) and Special Program Indicator (SPI) code: The
Navy accounting status for BRCL 32 Sailors must be verified via the command's
Enlisted Distribution Verification Report. Personnel with a blank SPI code
are in an invalid status which may result in assignment of an incorrect
advancement competitive category and their examinations will be invalidated.
Commands must correct the error via Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System
or the Sailor may seek relief by petitioning the Board for Correction of
4. Performance Mark Average (PMA): Compute PMA as outlined in ref
(b). Ref (h) provides guidance on use of IA/GSA/OSA concurrent evaluations.
Evaluations used to compute PMA must be inclusive of the following Dates:
Examination Evaluation Computation
Pay grade Pay grade Period
E4 E3 1 June 2013 to 28 February 2014
E5 E4 1 December 2012 to 28 February 2014
E6 E5 1 March 2011 to 28 February 2014
Note: Prepare a special evaluation if member does not have an evaluation
with an ending date during the period specified above for the current pay
grade. Block 15 ending date shall be 28 February 2014.
5. General examination information:
a. Ensure all candidates, ESOs, proctors, and administrators have
required clearance and access prior to examination day.
b. Authorized materials during examination administration: Only those
materials specifically identified and listed in chapter 6 of ref
(b), this NAVADMIN, and the general examination verbatim instructions are
authorized for use during examination administration. No other examining
material or instruments may be brought into the examining room. Use of
unauthorized material will result in examination invalidation and loss of
advancement opportunity for the current advancement cycle.
c. Education points: Education points will be awarded for the highest
accredited degree held; (two points for an Associate's Degree or four points
for a Baccalaureate Degree or above). To allow sufficient time for the Navy
College Center to process all documents, transcripts must be received by 1
March 2014. Sailors should have their college or university send official
transcripts to the following address:
Center for Personnel and Professional Development
ATTN Virtual Education Center
1905 Regulus Avenue, Suite 234
Virginia Beach, VA 23461-2009
The Navy College Center will validate transcripts and enter the education
data into the Navy College Management Information System (NCMIS). The NCMIS
value will be used in the Final Multiple Score calculation. When calculating
award points locally, do not include degree award points in that calculation.
d. For ratings with multiple examinations, it is imperative ESOs ensure
proper examination identification is used during examination ordering and
answer sheet verification (i.e., NCR/NCC, ATI/ATO, ETR/ETV/ETN, etc.).
Incorrect examination identification will cause examinations to be
e. Navy Counselor (NC) examinations: Administer NCR1 examinations to
NCs holding Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) 2186 and assigned to
Recruiting Duty as a member of the Career Recruiting Force. Administer NCC1
examinations to all other NCs.
f. Aviation Electronics Technician (AT) examinations: Administer ATI
examinations for Intermediate Maintenance and ATO examinations for
g. Nuclear Electronics Technician (ETN), Electrician's Mate (EMN),
Machinist's Mate (MMN) examinations:
(1) ETN, EMN, and MMN candidates will take nuclear-specific rating
(2) Nuclear Surface and Submarine candidates will take the same
(3) Candidates in the nuclear training pipeline on the regularly
scheduled examination date will take respective nuclear examinations and
compete in the "trainee" competitive category.
h. Administer the appropriate examination in accordance with applicable
(1) Non-Nuclear Electronic Technicians (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 ET examinations.
(2) Non-Nuclear Machinist's Mate (MM) examinations:
MME - NEC 4230, 4231, 4234
MMW - NEC 4232, 4233, 4235
Note: MM Surface - Administer MM examinations.
i. If an examination is administered in error, the command must request
to invalidate it per ref (b), paragraph 610.
6. Competitive groups: USN candidates in the following ratings are
separated into the following competitive 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 3 - Training
Group 1 - Non-Aegis
Group 2 - Aegis
7. Forwarding examination returns: Submit examination answer sheets by
close of business the day after administration of the exam. Expeditious
submission is required; grading cannot commence until the majority of the
answer sheets are received. Package only the original transmittal letter,
answer sheets, and enclosures (per ref (a), and paragraph 611.a. of ref (b)
in an envelope using a cardboard stiffener. Do not seal the envelope with
excessive tape and do not fold, staple, spindle, cut, or mutilate answer
sheets. Do not send packing lists or letters of destruction (maintain at
command per ref (b), paragraph 612.a.). Do not send worksheets except for
individual augmentee candidates in ref (a). Mail packages via a traceable
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a. Continental United States installations. Send advancement
examination answer sheets via FedEx under current GSA contract. Retain a
proof of delivery tracking number. FedEx may be tracked at www.fedex.com/us.
b. Overseas shore commands. Send advancement examination answer sheets
via FedEx or United States Postal Service (USPS) three-day express mail
service. Retain a proof of delivery with FedEx or a return receipt with
USPS. Express mail may be tracked at www.usps.com.
c. Deployed ships. Send advancement examination answer sheets in a
registered mail working bag addressed to the servicing Fleet Mail Center in
the deployed area. The third line of the address should read "Advancement
Examination Answer Sheets Enclosed - Do Not Open In Mailroom." The Postal
Officer will send via USPS three-day express mail to NETPDTC.
d. Commands shall verify receipt of examination answer sheets by NETPDTC
on the NEAS website's electronic tote board located at https://neasos.cnet.navy.mil/neas/public/toteboard.aspx.
8. Examination discrepancies: A detailed discrepancy list will be
maintained on the NEAS website for ESOs and registered viewers. Resolve
examination discrepancies in accordance with ref (b), table 7-3, via letter
or encrypted e-mail with attachments to sfly_n321_discrepanc(at)navy.mil.
9. Examination results: Examination results will be posted on the NEAS
website and may be accessed by ESOs and registered viewers.
a. The Examination Status Verification Report (ESVR) is the official
source for examination results. This report must be verified for accuracy
prior to frocking and advancement.
b. Withholding or withdrawal of advancement recommendations must be
documented in accordance with ref (b), paragraph 721. Commands must submit a
message to NETPDTC Pensacola, FL (N321) and info COMNAVPERSCOM Millington, TN
(PERS-812). The released message may also be sent via e-mail to the PERS-812
functional e-mail account at advancements-active(at)navy.mil.
c. Commands will be notified via naval message if a candidate's
examination needs to be invalidated due to unusual circumstances.
All other invalidation notifications will be through ESVR and profile sheets.
d. Rate Change Authorizations (RCA), profile sheets, and command
statistic reports are available on the NEAS website.
e. Individual Sailors may view/download profile sheets at the "Profile
Sheets" link on the Navy Advancement Center Website. Log onto Navy Knowledge
Online at https://wwwa.nko.navy.mil/ and follow the Navy Advancement Center
link under Career Management.
10. Any additional information regarding this cycle will be posted on The
NEAS website or the NPC Enlisted Career Admin webpage, http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/career/enlistedcareeradmin/pages/advancement.aspx.
11. Summary of key dates and events. As an aid to commands, below summary
highlights key dates listed in this NAVADMIN. Following each event is a
number in parentheses, reflecting the corresponding paragraph of this
6 Mar 14 E6 active-duty exam date (paragraph 1)
13 Mar 14 E5 active-duty exam date (paragraph 1)
20 Mar 14 E4 active-duty exam date (paragraph 1)
8 Dec 13 to 2 Jan 14 Initial order E6 Non-SCI exams (paragraph 2)
8 Dec 13 to 9 Jan 14 Initial order E5 Non-SCI exams (paragraph 2)
8 Dec 13 to 16 Jan 14 Initial order E4 Non-SCI exams (paragraph 2)
3 Jan to 23 Jan 14 Additional E6 order Non-SCI exams (paragraph 2)
10 Jan to 30 Jan 14 Additional E5 order Non-SCI exams (paragraph 2)
17 Jan to 6 Feb 14 Additional E4 order Non-SCI exams (paragraph 2)
3 Apr 14 Deadline to order SCI exams (paragraph 2)
6 Apr 14 Deadline to order NON-SCI exams (paragraph 2)
26 Apr 14 Last day to administer late exams (paragraph 2)
Exam must be administered within 7 days of
Prior to reg exam date Eligibility and special requirements
1 July 11 or earlier E6 TIR date (paragraph 3)
1 July 13 or earlier E5 TIR date (paragraph 3)
1 Jan 13 or earlier E4 TIR date (paragraph 3)
1 July 14 E4/5/6 Terminal Eligibility Date (paragraph 3)
1 July 14 or later E4/5/6 HYT/Waiver eligibility date (paragraph 3)
Dec 13 CNAV Rack and Stack application (paragraph 3)
Sep 13 to Feb 14 CWAY Application Approval (paragraph 3)
Prior to reg exam date "A" School rating conversion deadline
1 Jun 13 to 28 Feb 14 E4 Candidate evaluation period for PMA
1 Dec 12 to 28 Feb 14 E5 Candidate evaluation period for PMA
1 Mar 11 to 28 Feb 14 E6 Candidate evaluation period for PMA
1 March 14 Education transcript deadline (paragraph 5)
Day after exam Deadline to mail exam answer sheets
a. NEAS - https://neasos.cnet.navy.mil.
b. FedEx - http://www.fedex.com/us/.
c. USPS - https://www.usps.com/.
d. NEAS Tote board - https://neasos.cnet.navy.mil/neas/public/toteboard.aspx
e. NKO - https://wwwa.nko.navy.mil.
f. NPC info (Examinations) - http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/career/enlistedcareeradmin/pages/advancement.aspx.
a. COMNAVPERSCOM NPC Customer Service Center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC
(1-866-827-5672) or via e-mail at cscmailbox(at)navy.mil.
b. NETPDTC Missed Exams. Mr. Bruce Dietly at (850) 473-6140/DSN
753 or via e-mail at bruce.dietly(at)navy.mil or Ms. Jennifer Spohn at
(850) 473-6148/DSN 753 or via e-mail at jennifer.spohn(at)navy.mil.
c. NETPDTC SCI Examinations. Mrs. Janet Mejias at (850)
452-1620/DSN 459 or via e-mail at sfly_cryptologic.products(at)navy.mil
or Ms. Judy Boston at (850) 452-1045/DSN 459 or via e-mail at
d. NETPDTC Examination Ordering. (850) 473-6142/DSN 753 or via
e-mail at sfly_n321_exam_order(at)navy.mil,
e. NETPDTC Examination Discrepancies. Via E-mail at
sfly_n321_exam_discrepanc(at)navy.mil or PERS 812 at advancements-
14. Released by Vice Admiral W. F. Moran, N1.//