Effective immediately, the requirement for all AD and TAR E-4 candidates to take the NWAE to compete for advancement to E-4 is permanently eliminated.
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SUBJ/MARCH 2023 (CYCLE 259) ACTIVE-DUTY AND TRAINING AND ADMINISTRATION OF
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NARR/REF A IS BUPERSINST 1430.16G, ADVANCEMENT MANUAL FOR ENLISTED PERSONNEL
OF THE U.S. NAVY AND U.S. NAVY RESERVE.
REF B NAVADMIN 316/18, ENLISTED ADVANCEMENT WORKSHEET.
REF C IS NAVADMIN 201/20, PROFESSIONAL MILITARY KNOWLEDGE ELIGIBILITY EXAM
REVISED BUSINESS RULES.
REF D IS OPS ALERT 007-21, PMK-EE REQUIREMENTS FOR E-3 NEW ACCESSIONS.
REF E IS OPS ALERT 011-21, PMK-EE REQUIREMENTS FOR E-4 NEW ACCESSIONS.
REF F IS NAVADMIN 312/18, ADVANCEMENT POLICY UPDATE.
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN provides guidance for the administration of the March
2023 (cycle 259) Navy-Wide Advancement Exam (NWAE) for Active Duty (AD) and
Training and Administration of the Reserve (TAR) to paygrades E-5 and E-6, as
well as a permanent way forward on Navy-wide advancement to E-4.
2. Effective immediately, the requirement for all AD and TAR E-4 candidates
to take the NWAE to compete for advancement to E-4 is permanently eliminated.
The Navy learned many lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and use of
Alternative Final Multiple Score (A-FMS) to determine E-4 advancements has
proven to be an effective metric of overall Sailor quality which places
increased emphasis on performance. Moving forward, we will continue to look
at other methods of advancing Sailors to E-4 that do not involve an exam and
support Marketplace-based advancement initiatives.
3. In line with references (a) and (b), the Enlisted Advancement Worksheet
(EAW) is the authoritative source of all data used to determine E4, E5, and
E6 Advancements. Commands are to accurately validate, complete, and finalize
all EAWs in the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS). EAW
discrepancies may be addressed via the post-advancement exam administration
a. 31 January 23: Professional Military Knowledge – Eligibility Exam
(PMK-EE) completion deadline. In line with reference (c), PMK-EE remains
mandatory for all E5 and E6 candidates to be eligible for exam participation
and for E4 candidates to be eligible for advancement. Refer to references
(d) and (e) regarding special exceptions for new accession E-3 and E-4 PMK-EE
b. 2 March 23: E-6 exam administration. EAW will close one week after
the exam date on the worksheet.
c. 9 March 23: E-5 exam administration. EAW will close one week after
the exam date on the worksheet.
d. 31 March 23: E-4 EAW must be completed.
e. Deviation from administration dates. In line with reference (a),
commands that require an expanded window of NWAE administration (with valid
reason) may request a deviation of NWAE administration from Navy Personnel
Command (PERS-8). If authorized, NWAE administration will be completed by 31
5. Eligibility requirements are found in chapter 2 of reference
(a). The following information is specific to cycle 259:
a. Terminal eligibility date: 1 July 23.
b. Minimum Time-In-Rate (TIR) on or before:
E-6 – 1 July 20
E-5 – 1 July 22
E-4 – 1 January 23
c. E-6 candidate TIR requirements for early promote (EP) can be waived
by one year with Commanding Officer or Officer-In-Charge approval. EAW must
be created manually for all who receive that waiver.
d. High-year tenure (HYT) date: 1 July 23. Eligible candidates must
have service obligation to these dates or later. HYT waivers must be
approved prior to 1 March 23.
e. Security/Interim security clearance (if required): Refer to chapter
2 of reference (a). All NWAE candidates must have applicable adjudication
(Top Secret or Secret) or Interim clearance prior to 1 March 23. If
clearance is revoked, an exam is not authorized until the discrepancy is
f. Performance Mark average (PMA). Compute PMA for all candidates and
in addition, Reporting Senior*s Cumulative Average (RSCA) PMA for E-6
candidates in line with references (a) and (f). Use all applicable
evaluations in current paygrade with an ending date that falls within the
E-4 – 1 June 22 to 28 February 23
E-5 – 1 December 21 to 28 February 23
E-6 – 1 March 20 to 28 February 23
6. Exam Ordering:
a. In line with reference (b), ordering dates and TIR listings for all
exams are on the Navy Enlisted Advancement System (NEAS) website:
https://neas.ncdc.navy.mil/. Select Exam and Ordering Date Chart.
b. Submit supplemental exam orders for SCI and non-SCI exams candidates
not on initial TIR list in NEAS Web using Department of Defense
c. Educational Services Officers (ESOs) should verify placing exam
orders within 7-10 days of ordering at *View Previous Exam Orders* link via
the NEAS website, and should contact Naval Education and Training
Professional Development Center (NETPDC N321) as needed for discrepancies.
d. Deploying commands and candidates departing to congressionally-
designated combat zones and approved contingency operations areas (CDCZ/ACOA)
can order exams up to six months prior to the scheduled exam date. For
additional guidance, refer to chapter 4 and paragraph 614 of reference (a).
e. Substitute Exams:
(1) The deadline for ordering both SCI and non-SCI substitute exams
is 31 March 23.
(2) NETPDC N321 is the approval authority for all substitute exams.
(3) Naval nuclear propulsion program training graduates who are
enroute to their first at sea assignment during the E-5 examination date,
will have substitute examinations ordered for them by ultimate duty station,
if dates permit exam ordering before the published deadline.
(4) Substitute examinations may be administered with regular exam
administration or in line with paragraph 606 of reference (a).
f. Submit *exception to policy* requests for candidates per paragraph
104 of reference (a).
g. Below candidates are separated into competitive groups:
(1) CTI: Middle East/North Africa (Group 1), East/Far East (Group
2), Latin/South America (Group 3), Eastern Europe (Group 4)
(2) EMN, ETN, and MMN: Submarine (Group 1), Surface (Group 2),
Training (Group 3)
7. Exam administration. Administer exam and return answer sheets in line
with chapter 6 of reference (a). An exam tote board on the NEAS website
shows current status of exam receipt.
8. Discrepancy Correction:
a. A detailed discrepancy list can be found on the NEAS website.
b. For missed exams due to CDCZ/ACOA, address per reference (a).
9. Examination/A-FMS results will be available via profile sheets.
10. All additional information for this cycle is posted on the MyNavy HR
advancements site, located at https://www.mynavyhr.navy.mil/Career-
Management/Community-Management/Enlisted-Career-Admin/Advancement/ and NEAS
11. Points of contact:
a. MyNavy Career Center (MNCC): (833) 330-6622, askmncc(at)navy.mil.
b. PMK-EE: ntmps.support(at)navy.mil.
c. SCI exam questions and orders: (850) 473-5867/DSN 753,
d. Non-SCI, late exam orders: (850) 473-6150/DSN 753,
e. EAW or exam discrepancies: (850) 473-6148/DSN 751,
12. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.
13. Released by Rear Admiral James P. Waters, N13.//
9 December 2022 at 21:02
Where was this in 1968? Glad to see competency over book knowledge. Knew guys who could quote verse but couldn’t do the job…..just saying
10 December 2022 at 04:40
Agreed. In 1967 we had a CTM2 with an IQ of 163 who virtually aced ever promtion test he took. But he simply could not repair anything, and had zero mechanical talents.
10 December 2022 at 12:33
Had I had the time left, and had made CTO2 in my 1st 4 years, I might have stayed in but I got quoted my first time for third which screwed up my timing. Could have extended for 2 for 2nd but decided on college instead. Another case of shudda,cudda, wudda but didn’t…no regrets but still plenty of fond memories
9 December 2022 at 21:13
Does this mean everyone e3 gets auto promo to e4. ?
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10 December 2022 at 14:20
Recommend you read the message and talk to your chief and/or Command Career Counselor.
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10 December 2022 at 14:45
I would love to read the English version of this if it ever comes out.
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13 December 2022 at 07:18
11 December 2022 at 17:04
All advancement should be based on sailor competence not on the ability to take a test!
12 December 2022 at 00:02
I have mixed feelings about promoting individuals to E-4 merely because they have enough time in grade E-3 to be promoted. Seems to me that professional competence is what should always be considered most important.
I was medically discharged from the Navy after 14 months and 17 days active duty. On 10 November 1971, I left the service as an E-3 Hospitalman. I’ve always been proud of the fact that I had passed the written examination to E-4 Hospital Corpsman prior to being medically discharged.
The test to E-4 hospital corpsman was, to this day, the most difficult examination I have ever taken in my life. I studied for several months prior to taking that exam. I also worked my tail-end off as a hospital corpsman in an effort to earn the promotion to E-4. (I was discharged, honorably, because I was “allergic to wool, not service aggravated, not misconduct.” Simply stated, I’ve been allergic to wool all my life. I still am allergic to wool.)
I’m aware of the fact that recruitment has fallen below the needs of the Navy. The Navy and the other services are doing all they can to encourage and recruit new individuals into joining the service. Let’s just hope that the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Army and the Air Force NEVER are forced into lowering their standards of professional competence and professional conduct. If standards must be lowered to meet the needs of the service, let’s hope programs are in place to tutor and enhance the skills of all those the Navy wishes to maintain in the service.
We, the United States of America, have and have long had, the best Navy in the world. Please, let’s keep it this way! Tradition dictates there is no other way of having a Navy the quality of ours.
Andy McKane, P.O. Box 166, Maunaloa, Hawaii 96770
21 December 2022 at 03:23
Promotion to Petty Officer Third Class, should reward the candidate’s drive, maturity and “fit” in the Navy. Most of my late-1970s AEF peers, myself included, were advanced from E-3 to PO3 based on signing an extension and completion of A school. However, mentoring junior Sailors, encouraging mastery of skills and developing leadership from the RTC to Apprenticeship, A-school and the Fleet is the foundation for future success. I hope the Navy spends more time evaluating and improving the mentoring of Petty Officers, and the development of Chiefs who then mentor those blueshirts and junior officers who lead their Divisions.
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