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JANUARY 2018 CYCLE 238 ACTIVE AND FULL TIME SUPPORT E7 NAVY-WIDE ADVANCEMENT EXAMINATION

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SUBJ/JANUARY 2018 CYCLE 238 ACTIVE AND FULL TIME SUPPORT E7 NAVY-WIDE 
ADVANCEMENT EXAMINATION//

REF/A/DOC/BUPERS/2NOV07//
REF/B/MSG/SECNAV WASHINGTON DC/052044ZMAR13//
REF/C/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/061346ZAUG10//
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REF/E/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/131544ZDEC07//
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NARR/REF A IS BUPERSINST 1430.16F, ADVANCEMENT MANUAL FOR ENLISTED PERSONNEL 
OF U.S. NAVY AND U.S. NAVY RESERVE.  
REF B IS ALNAV 015/13, PERSONNEL SECURITY INVESTIGATION SUBMISSION 
REQUIREMENTS.
REF C IS NAVADMIN 259/10, NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE ALTERNATIVE FINAL MULTIPLE 
SCORE IMPLEMENTATION IN FY-11.  
REF D IS NAVADMIN 215/10, PERFORMANCE EVALUATION AND ADVANCEMENT GUIDANCE FOR 
INDIVIDUAL AUGMENTEE SAILORS.  
REF E IS NAVADMIN 336/07, ADMINISTRATION OF THE NAVY-WIDE ADVANCEMENT EXAM 
FOR SAILORS IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, AND THE HORN OF AFRICA.  
REF F IS NAVADMIN 021/17, ESTABLISHMENT OF YEOMAN (SUBMARINE), LOGISTICS 
SPECIALIST (SUBMARINE), CULINARY SPECIALIST (SUBMARINE) AND FIRE CONTROLMAN 
(AEGIS) SERVICE RATINGS.//

RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN provides guidance for administration of the January 
2018 (Cycle 238) E7 Navy-Wide Advancement Examination (NWAE) for U.S. Navy 
(USN) active and Full-Time Support (FTS) Sailors only. Information pertaining 
to selection board criteria will be promulgated via a future NAVADMIN.

2.  Timeline
    a.  18 January 2018:  Administration of exams for USN and FTS.
    b.  31 January 2018:  Individual augmentation (IA) evaluations used for 
time-in-rate (TIR) waivers must have an ending period by this date.

3.  Eligibility Criteria
    a.  Candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements outlined in 
chapter 2 of reference (a) and this message prior to 18 January 2018 to be 
considered as a candidate.  Candidates who do not meet the eligibility 
requirements are ineligible for the Cycle 238 NWAE and shall not be 
administered an advancement examination.
    b.  Terminal eligibility date (TED) for Cycle 238 used to compute the TIR 
is 1 January 2019.  The minimum TIR date must be on  or before 1 January 
2016.
    c.  TIR requirements for Early Promote Sailors can be waived for 1 year 
with commanding officer or officer in charge approval.
    d.  High year tenure (HYT) date or approved HYT waiver must be effective 
1 September 2018 or later and approved prior to
18 January 2018.
    e.  Candidates who have been selected for Seaman to Admiral, Medical 
Enlisted Commissioning Program and Medical Service Corps In-Service 
Procurement programs remain eligible for advancement consideration.  
Selection to any other officer commissioning program renders candidates 
ineligible and those examinations must be invalidated by their commands.
    f.  Candidates in a rating requiring a security clearance must have a 
favorable investigation adjudication issued by the Department of Defense 
Central Adjudication Facility (DODCAF) and it must be reflected properly in 
Joint Personnel Adjudication (JPAS) prior to 18 January 2018.  If the 
candidates commanding officer grants an interim clearance, JPAS must be 
updated prior to 18 January 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 as well as all nuclear and 
submarine ratings.
    g.  Branch Class (BRCL) and Special Program Indicator (SPI) code:  
BRCL 32 with a blank SPI code is an invalid Navy accounting status.  Commands 
should take action to have this corrected for Sailors reflecting no SPI code.  
Sailors in this status will be invalidated.
    h.  Canvasser Recruiter (CANREC) personnel with a BRCL of 32 and a SPI 
code of W (enlisted canvasser recruiter) are ineligible for advancement to E7 
and are only authorized to take the NWAE for Limited Duty Officer (LDO) 
purposes.
    i.  Naval Special Warfare (NSW) personnel.  In line with reference (c), 
the NSW alternative final multiple score will be used to determine selection 
board eligibility for Special Warfare Operator and Special Warfare Boat 
Operator ratings.
    j.  Candidates must meet special requirements (citizenship, security 
clearance, medical, etc.) for certain ratings as outlined in paragraph 204 of 
reference (a), prior to the regular exam date.
    k.  Evaluations used to compute a Performance Mark Average (PMA) of a 
candidate must be inclusive of period 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2017.  
For additional guidance on computing PMA, refer to chapter 3 of reference 
(a).  Refer to reference (d) for use of concurrent evaluations for specific 
IA/Global Support Assignment (GSA) tours for PMA computation and to establish 
eligibility for early promote TIR waivers.  Only E6 evaluations are to be 
used for PMA computation.  If a Service Member does not have an evaluation 
during the period specified, prepare a special evaluation with
31 December 2017 in block 15.
    l.  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, 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, OPNAV (N13F12).
    m.  Sailors assigned to a Submarine source rating must be fully 
qualified, in line with Submarine Qualification Designation for Enlisted 
Members (MILPERSMAN 1220-040).

4.  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, a Congressionally Designated Combat 
Zone and Approved Contingency Operations Areas (CDCZ/ACOA).
    b.  CTI/CTN/CTR Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) exam ordering 
dates can be found on the Navy Enlisted Advancement System (NEAS) website at 
https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil.
        (1) Educational Services Officers (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 in 
chapter 4 of reference (a).  Commands must include their Department of 
Defense Activity Address Code (DODAAC) or account number, POC, and the number 
of exams required.  DODAAC commands requesting the forwarding of exams should 
include the forwarding command as an info addressee on the message.  The 
deadline for additional orders is 30 September 2017.  The deadline for 
substitute SCI exam orders is 31 January 2018.
    c.  Exam ordering for non-SCI exams begins on 3 September 2017. ESOs must 
verify TIR eligibility lists on NEAS Web during the following time periods:
        (1) Initial TIR lists will be open for review and editing until 5 
November 2017.
        (2) Eligible candidates that were not added to the initial TIR list 
can be added to a supplemental TIR list.  Additional TIR lists will be 
available 6 November 2017 until 3 December 2017.
        (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 list has closed shall be 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 of reference (a).  Ensure a POC is 
included in the message.
    d.  Substitute exams must be kept to a minimum and require justification 
as stipulated in chapter 4 of reference (a).  Naval Education and Training 
Professional Development Center (NETPDC) is the approval authority for all 
substitute exams.  The deadline for non-SCI substitute examination ordering 
is 9 February 2018.
    e.  ESO 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 Discrepancy Branch 
NETPDC (N321).

5.  General Examination Information
    a.  Examinations will be administered in line with chapter 6 of reference 
(a).  Do not administer Cycle 238 examinations prior to 18 January 2018 
unless specifically authorized by Enlisted Career Administration (PERS-812).
    b.  Refer to reference (e) regarding examination options for Sailors who 
are pending deployment to, or are deployed to and operating in a CDCZ/ACOA.  
Commands must submit the command letter of transmittal in line with reference 
(a).  The in-theatre selection board eligibility waiver is not an automatic 
process.
    c.  Authorized materials during examination administration. Only those 
materials specifically identified and listed in chapter 6 of reference (a), 
this NAVADMIN and the general examination verbatim instructions are 
authorized for use during examination administration.
    d.  Navy Counselor (Recruiter) (NCR) examinations.  Administer NCR 
examinations to the Navy counselor (NC) holding the 2186 Navy Enlisted 
Classification.  Administer Navy Counselor (Counselor) (NCC) examinations to 
all other NCs.
    e.  Aviation Electronics Technician (AT) examinations. Administer AT 
(Intermediate) examinations for intermediate maintenance personnel and AT 
(Organizational) examinations for organizational maintenance personnel.  
Personnel will continue to be tested via two separate examinations, but will 
be merged together for advancement purposes.
    f.  Air Traffic Controllers (AC) must possess a valid AC specialist 
certificate (FAA 7220-1) and meet requirements established in the manual of 
the medical department.
    g.  Nuclear Electronics Technician (ETN), Nuclear Electricians Mate 
(EMN), and Nuclear Machinists Mate (MMN) examinations:
        (1) ETN, EMN, and MMN candidates will take nuclear-specific rating 
examinations.
        (2) Nuclear Surface and Submarine candidates will take the same 
examination.
    h.  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 (f) for the 
establishment of these new service ratings.
    i.  If an exam is administered in error, the command must request to 
invalidate in line with reference (a), paragraph 610.

6.  Competing Groups.  USN candidates in the following ratings are separated 
into the following competing groups:
    a.  CTI
        GROUP 1 - Middle East/North Africa
        GROUP 2 - East/Far East
        GROUP 3 - Latin/South America
        GROUP 4 - Eastern Europe
    b.  EMN, ETN, and MMN
        GROUP 1 - Submarine
        GROUP 2 - Surface
    c.  MU
        GROUP 1 - Premier Band
        GROUP 2 - Fleet Band

7.  Exam Administration and Answer Sheet Return
    a.  For exam administration and answer sheet return instructions, refer 
to the exam verbatim at https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil.
    b.  ESOs 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.
    c.  Substitute examinations must be administered within 7 days of 
receipt.
    d.  A detailed discrepancy list will be maintained on NEAS Web. Refer to 
reference (a), chapter 7 for guidance on correcting discrepancies.  In 
addition to processing discrepancy corrections via letter or message, NETPDC 
will also accept discrepancy corrections by encrypted e-mail.

8.  Examination Results
    a.  Results will be provided via BUPERS On-Line to authorized command 
representatives prior to the release of the profile sheets.
    b.  Commands must verify their Exam Status Verification Report and submit 
a message to NETPDC (N321), info Eligibility and Promotions Branch (PERS-
802), requesting invalidation for candidates no longer eligible or no longer 
recommended for advancement. Withdrawal of advancement must be documented in 
line with reference (a), paragraph 721b.
    c.  Individual Sailors may view/download their profile sheet at
https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil/NEASRpts/Individual.aspx.

9.  Additional information regarding this cycle will be posted on NEAS Web.

10.  Points of Contact
    a.  Navy Personnel Command Customer Service Center at 866-U-ASK-NPC/866-
827-5672, 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.

11.  For further information (reference (a), exam verbatim, and other related 
documents) visit NEAS web at https://prod.neas.netc.navy.mil.

12.  This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or cancelled.

13.  Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//

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