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MARCH 2017 (CYCLE 235) NAVY-WIDE PETTY OFFICER (E4-E6) ADVANCEMENT EXAMINATIONS FOR USN, FULL TIME SUPPORT, AND CANVASSER RECRUITER SAILORS

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SUBJ/MARCH 2017 (CYCLE 235) NAVY-WIDE PETTY OFFICER (E4-E6) ADVANCEMENT 
EXAMINATIONS FOR USN, FULL TIME SUPPORT, AND CANVASSER RECRUITER SAILORS//

REF/A/DOC/BUPERS/2NOV07//
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 2017 (Cycle 235) 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 - 2 March 2017
        E5 - 9 March 2017
        E4 - 16 March 2017
    b.  In addition to the requirements of reference (a), chapter 6, 
Educational Services Officers (ESOs) must follow the pre-exam preparation 
requirements in the exam verbatim located at https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil.
    c.  This Advancement exam cycle will not be affected by the Navy Rating 
Modernization initiative.  The transformation of Navy ratings will be a 
gradual process implemented over two to three years.

2.  Eligibility Requirements.  Advancement candidate eligibility requirements 
are found in reference (a), chapter 2, with the following information 
specific only to Cycle 235:
    a.  The terminal eligibility date used to compute time-in-rate (TIR) is 1 
July 2017.
    b.  The minimum TIR date must be on or before:
        E6 - 1 July 2014
        E5 - 1 July 2016
        E4 - 1 January 2017
    c.  TIR requirements for Early Promote E5 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 2017 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 2017.  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 
guidance.
    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 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 
candidate's current rank with an ending date that falls within the following 
time periods:
        E4 exam - 1 June 2016 to 28 February 2017
        E5 exam - 1 December 2015 to 28 February 2017
        E6 exam - 1 March 2014 to 28 February 2017
    h.  For additional guidance on computing PMA, refer to reference (a), 
chapter 3.  For PMA guidance for individual augmentee Sailors refer to 
reference (c).
    i.  CWAY:  Sailors who have received a "Denied Final - Active" from CWAY 
as of the December 2016 application rack and stack (results released in 
January 2017) are ineligible and shall not be administered the Cycle 235 
NWAE.
    j.  Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (CTI) Sailors must achieve a 
minimum of L2/R2 on the Defense Language Proficiency Test in their primary 
language, as assigned by their CO, at least once in current paygrade.
    k.  Sailors assigned to a submarine source rating must be fully 
qualified, as directed by MILPERSMAN 1220-040, Submarine Qualifications 
Designation for Enlisted Members.

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 individual augmentee Sailors who are pending 
deployment to, or are deployed to and operating in a congressionally 
designated combat zone.
    b.  CTI/CTN/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 TIR eligibility lists on NEAS Web 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 2017.  The deadline for SCI substitute exam orders is 31 
March 2017.
    c.  Exam ordering for non-SCI exams begins 27 November 2016. ESOs must 
verify TIR eligibility lists on NEAS Web during the following time periods:
        (1) Initial TIR lists will be available:
            E6 - 27 November 2016 to 14 December 2016
            E5 - 27 November 2016 to 2 January 2017
            E4 - 27 November 2016 to 16 January 2017
        (2) Additional TIR lists will be available:
            E6 - 15 December 2016 to 25 January 2017
            E5 - 3 January 2017 to 29 January 2017
            E4 - 17 January 2017 to 5 February 2017
        (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 in chapter 4 of reference (a).  Ensure a POC is included in the 
message.
    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 4 April 2017.
        (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 Advance Execution Division (NETPDC N321).
    g.  U.S. Navy candidates in the following ratings are separated into the 
following competitive groups:

        (1) CS, LS, and YN
            Group 1 - Submarine
            Group 2 - All others
        (2) CTI
            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
        (4) FC
            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.
    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.

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 
https://prod.neas.netc.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) 473-5874/5867/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 (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.//

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