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Jan 31, 2023: PMK-EE due
Mar 02, 2023: E-6 Exam
Mar 09, 2023: E-5 Exam
Mar 31, 2023: E-4 EAWs due
The Navy released dates and details for the Active Duty and Training and Administration of the Reserves (TAR) Navy-Wide Advancement Exam (NWAE) Cycle 259 in NAVADMIN 274/22 Dec. 8.
The biggest change in 2023 is that the Navy has officially cancelled E-4 advancement exams for active component and TAR Sailors. Instead, all qualified E-3’s will be selected for advancement using the alternate rank order final multiple process to determine who advances without the exam score.
This new advancement procedure has been in effect since COVID-19 precautions began in early 2020. Navy personnel officials say the decision to make this procedure permanent was due to the success of this method during the pandemic. Fleet feedback from two-years of rank-order E-4 advancements has been positive with no negative performance reported from those advanced this way.
"Use of [an] Alternative Final Multiple Score to determine E4 advancements has proven to be an effective determinant metric of overall Sailor quality which places increased emphasis on performance," Rear Admiral James Waters said in the message.
"Moving forward, we will continue to look at other methods of advancing Sailors to E4 that do not involve an exam and support Marketplace-based advancement initiatives, with the goal of producing the same quality advancements across the force."
Here's some of the key details and dates listed in the message:
E-6 and E-5 candidates will test on March 2 and 9, respectively. Advancement worksheets close one week after the exam administration date stated on the worksheet.
Commands can petition Navy Personnel Command (PERS-8) should the need for an expanded testing be necessary. If approved, all exams must be administered by March 31, 2023.
Leading up to the exams, Sailors must complete their Professional Military Knowledge Eligibility Exams (PMK-EE) by January 31.
The PMK-EE deadline applies to all Sailors regardless of whether they are sitting for an exam or not. Sailors who have already met this military knowledge testing requirement on previous cycles do not have to retake this exam as it is only required once at each paygrade level.
Minimum Time-in-Rate (TIR) is on or before July 1, 2020 for E-6 candidates. For E-5 and E-4, those dates are July 1, 2022 and January 1, 2023 respectively. A one-year TIR waiver for E-6 candidates with early promote recommendations is available with their CO or OIC’s approval.
Because the Naval Education Training and Professional Development Center will not receive E-4 exam answer sheets, commands must scrub the records of their advancement eligible E-3 Sailors to ensure all E-4 Enlisted Advancement Worksheets (EAWs) in the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) are accurate and up to date. The deadline for this requirement is March 31.
Once exams are given, ESO’s are encouraged to expeditiously mail in answer sheet packages to NETPDC and not hold any taken exams until the end of the testing window, ensuring prompt processing of exams.
No dates have yet been set for the release any advancement results as this will depend heavily on accurate worksheets being submitted upfront and the prompt return of answer sheets once exams are taken.
Additional eligibility details and deadlines for each cycle are available in the NAVADMIN along with key points of contact.
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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.//