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PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Sailors eligible for advancement to paygrades E-4/5/6/7 can now complete their Professional Military Knowledge Eligibility Exam (PMK-EE) requirements anytime, anywhere in the world, through a self-service app announced in NAVADMIN 140/19, June 26.

Professional Military Knowledge (PMK) will be removed from the Navy-wide Advancement Exam (NWAE) starting September 2019 (Advancement Cycle 244) and will instead transition to a stand-alone, once-per-paygrade electronically delivered eligibility exam.  The PMK-EE also expands the number of questions from 25 to 100, providing a better assessment of a Sailor’s understanding of basic Navy knowledge.

Sailors can access the PMK-EE through MyNavy Portal (MNP), Navy e-Learning (NeL), Submarine On-Board Training (SOBT) and now the PMK-EE app.  Each of these PMK-EE options operate independently, so Sailors should select one of the systems to complete all modules.  With PMK separated from the advancement exam, once Sailors complete their PMK-EE requirements for their paygrade, they will have more time to concentrate exclusively on job-specific occupational knowledge needed for the NWAE, contributing to Navy’s goal of promoting technical experts.

Here’s how Sailors can take advantage of the PMK-EE app:

1. Go to the Navy App Locker at https://www.applocker.navy.mil/ and download the PMK-EE app to a mobile device when ready to complete the eligibility requirement through an online exam.  This does not require a Common Access Card (CAC).

2. Select each of the five topic areas: Career Information, Leadership and Character, Naval Heritage, Professional Conduct and Seamanship.  Each topic may be taken independently of the others, in any order, and not necessarily during the same app session.

3. Once each topic is completed, the app will indicate the graded performance.  Review the associated reference from the bibliography for incorrectly answered questions.

4. Score 80% or higher in each topic to pass the entire exam.  If you did not pass a topic, you will have to retake it.

5. Once all topic areas are successfully completed, the app will display an overall exam score.

6. The app will ask for the Sailor’s DoD ID number (located on the back of your CAC) to transfer completion information to the Navy Training Management Planning System (NTMPS) / Electronic Training Jacket (ETJ).

7. Now, focus exclusively on job-specific occupational knowledge while preparing for the advancement exam.

Since all Sailors must successfully complete PMK-EE prior to being eligible for advancement in each paygrade, this app increases a Sailor’s flexibility by providing the capability to do so at the right time and the right place, at the convenience of the Sailor.  The app helps support, for example, Sailors who advance through the Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP) or automatically advance to E-4 upon completion of an “A” school.

To count for eligibility, PMK-EE for the next paygrade must be completed on or after the Sailor is selected for the preceding paygrade.  For example, in order for the completion of the E-6 PMK-EE to count for advancement eligibility, the Sailor must be selected for E-5.

Active Component and Full-Time Support Sailors must complete the PMK-EE for the desired advancement paygrade by Sept. 1, 2019, to be eligible to advance for the E-4 through E-6 NWAE (Advancement Cycle 244), and by Jan. 1, 2020 for the E-7 NWAE (Advancement Cycle 246).  Reserve Component Sailors must complete the PMK-EE for the desired advancement paygrade by Feb. 1, 2020 to be eligible to advance for the E-4 through E-7 NWAE (Advancement Cycle 106). 

The PMK-EE, announced in NAVADMIN 085/18, was created to provide greater emphasis on PMK and to separate it from examinations on rating knowledge as part of Sailor 2025 and Rating Modernization efforts.  This is an initial step toward electronic advancement exams and, eventually, individually-tailored rating exams, unique to specific jobs and platforms.

The Navy announced business rules for eligibility and administration of the PMK-EE in NAVADMIN 313/18. 

For further information on PMK-EE, visit the “Advancement and Promotion” pages under “Career & Life Events” located on the MNP website at www.mnp.navy.mil. Sailors can send questions to SFLY_PMKEE_Questions@navy.mil or contact the PMK-EE Help Desk at (850) 473-6014/DSN 753.

The PMK-EE app and other apps such as MNP MyRecord and MyNavy Family, developed by the Navy's Sea Warrior Program Office (PMW 240), can be found on the Navy App Locker website at http://www.applocker.navy.mil or through the Navy App Locker app, which provides Navy Sailors, civilians and family members a central location to view mobile applications, review detailed information about Navy-developed apps and have streamlined access to their device's appropriate app store. 

Mobile users accessing the PMK-EE App via an iOS platform, must enable the App to access the user’s email.  Sailors who experience latency issues or other technical difficulties while completing PMK-EE should contact the PMK-EE Help Desk at (850) 473-6014/DSN 753.

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