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SEPTEMBER 2020 (CYCLE 248) NAVY-WIDE ADVANCEMENT EXAMINATIONS FOR ACTIVE-DUTY AND FULL-TIME SUPPORT PETTY OFFICERS (E-4 THROUGH E-6)

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SUBJ/SEPTEMBER 2020 (CYCLE 248) NAVY-WIDE ADVANCEMENT EXAMINATIONS FOR 
ACTIVE-DUTY AND FULL-TIME SUPPORT PETTY OFFICERS (E-4 THROUGH E-6)//

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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 IS ALNAV 015/13, PERSONNEL SECURITY INVESTIGATION SUBMISSION 
REQUIREMENTS.
REF C IS NAVADMIN 312/18, ADVANCEMENT POLICY UPDATE.  
REF D IS NAVADMIN 316/18, ENLISTED ADVANCEMENT WORKSHEET.//

RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN announces the September 2020 (cycle 248) Navy-wide 
advancement examinations (NWAE) for advancement in rate of Active-Duty and 
Full-Time Support (FTS) Sailors.  Canvasser Recruiters with special program 
indicator code *W* will no longer take Active-Duty exams.  Canvasser 
Recruiters will now take Selected Reserve (SELRES) exams, commencing with the 
September 2020 NWAEs for advancement in rate of SELRES Sailors (cycle 107).

    a.  Exam dates for Active and FTS Sailors are:
        E-6 - 3 September 2020
        E-5 - 10 September 2020
        E-4 - 17 September 2020

    b.  In addition to the requirements in chapter 6 of reference
(a) and this NAVADMIN, educational services officers (ESO) must follow the 
pre-exam preparation requirements in the exam verbatim, which can be found on 
the Navy Enlisted Advancement System (NEAS) website via MyNavy Portal (MNP) 
at https://www.mnp.navy.mil/.
Select the Career and Life Events tab, Advancement and Promotion tab, Navy 
Advancement Center tab and then the command info for ESOs.

2.  Eligibility requirements are found in chapter 2 of reference (a).  The 
following information is specific only to cycle 248:

    a.  The terminal eligibility date used to compute time-in-rate
(TIR) is 1 January 2021.

    b.  The minimum TIR date must be on or before:
        E-6 - 1 January 2018
        E-5 - 1 January 2020
        E-4 - 1 July 2020

    c.  E-6 candidate TIR requirements for early promote Sailors can be 
waived by one year with the commanding officer (CO)/officer-in- charge (OIC) 
approval, in line with paragraph 214.e. of reference (a).
    d.  High-year tenure (HYT) date must be effective 1 January 2021 or 
later.  All HYT waivers must be approved prior to 1 September 2020.
    e.  Candidates in a rating requiring a security clearance must have a 
favorable investigation adjudication by the Department of Defense Central 
Adjudication Facility reflected properly in the Joint Personnel Adjudication 
System (JPAS) prior to 1 September 2020.  If the CO of the candidate grants 
an interim clearance, JPAS must be updated prior to 1 September 2020.  
Candidates who do not meet the outlined criteria should not be allowed to 
participate in the exam.  Candidates must maintain security clearance 
eligibility throughout the advancement cycle to be eligible for advancement.  
If for any reason a clearance is denied or revoked, an exam is not authorized 
until a new clearance is granted.  Ratings 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, GM, HT, IC, IS, IT, LN, MA, MC, MN, ND, OS, QM, SB, 
SO, STG, YN, as well as all nuclear and submarine ratings.  Refer to 
references (a) and (b) for additional guidance.
    f.  For candidates taking E-4 and E-5 exams, compute performance mark 
average (PMA) using all evaluations in the current pay grade of the candidate 
with an ending date that falls within the following time periods:
        E-4 exam - 1 January 2020 to 31 August 2020
        E-5 exam - 1 June 2019 to 31 August 2020
    g.  For candidates taking E-6 exams, compute the reporting seniors 
cumulative average (RSCA) PMA, as outlined in reference (c), using all 
evaluations in the current pay grade of the candidate with the ending date 
that falls within the following time period:
        E-6 exam - 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2020
    h.  For guidance in establishing PMA for new accessions who have 
graduated from *A* school and do not have a current evaluation, refer to 
paragraph 308.b. of reference (a).
    i.  Professional military knowledge - eligibility exams are mandatory for 
cycle 248 and must be completed prior to 1 August 2020.
    j.  For guidance on establishing enlisted advancement worksheet
(EAW) user roles and completing worksheets, refer to reference (d).
EAW is mandatory for cycle 248 and will be the authority for PMA, RSCA PMA 
and awards.

3.  Exam Ordering.  Order exams in line with chapter 4 of reference (a).
    a.  Deploying commands and candidates departing to Congressionally-
Designated Combat Zones and Approved Contingency Operations Areas (CDCZ/ACOA) 
can order exams up to 6 months prior to the scheduled exam date.  Refer to 
chapter 4 and paragraph 614 of reference (a) for additional guidance.
    b.  Regular Exams:
        (1) Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) Exams.
Cryptologic-Technician Interpretive (CTI)/Cryptologic-Technician Network 
(CTN)/Cryptologic Technician-Collection (CTR) SCI exam ordering dates can be 
found on the NEAS website via MNP at https://www.mnp.navy.mil/.  Select the 
Career and Life Events tab, Advancement and Promotion tab, Navy Advancement 
Center tab and then the Command info for ESOs.  ESOs must verify initial 
active TIR eligibility lists on the NEAS website for exam ordering.
Supplemental TIR SCI exams are ordered via preferred message formatted e-mail 
to sfly_cryptologic.products(at)navy.mil or naval message following the 
guidelines in chapter 4 of reference (a).  The deadline for ordering 
supplemental TIR SCI exams is 31 May 2020.
        (2) Non-SCI Exams.  Exam ordering for non-SCI regular exams begins 27 
May 2020.  ESOs must verify TIR eligibility lists on the NEAS website during 
the following time periods:
            (a) Initial TIR lists will be available:
                E-6  27 May 2020 to 21 June 2020
                E-5  27 May 2020 to 5 July 2020
                E-4  27 May 2020 to 16 July 2020
            (b) Supplemental TIR lists will be available:
                E-6  22 June 2020 to 28 July 2020
                E-5  6 July 2020 to 2 August 2020
                E-4  17 July 2020 to 2 August 2020
        (3) Exams ordered after the TIR lists have closed shall be ordered 
using preferred message formatted e-mail to sfly_N321_exam_order(at)navy.mil 
or naval message following guidelines in chapter 4 of reference (a).  Ensure 
a point of contact is included in the submitted e-mail or message.  Orders 
submitted after supplemental TIR list closure will result in a substitute 
exam being sent.
    c.  Substitute Exams:
        (1) The deadline for ordering SCI substitute exams is 30 September 
2020.  The deadline for ordering non-SCI substitute exams is 30 September 
2020.
        (2) Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center 
(NETPDC N321) is the approval authority for all substitute exams.
        (3) Recent graduates of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program training 
pipeline on transfer leave in route to their first at-sea assignment during 
the E-4 and E-5 examination dates will have substitute examinations ordered 
for them by their ultimate duty station if dates permit exam ordering before 
the published deadline.
        (4) Substitute examinations may be administered with the regular exam 
administration or in line with paragraph 606 of reference (a).
    d.  ESOs must verify examination orders at the *View Previous Exam 
Orders* link via the NEAS website within 7 to 10 days of placing the order.  
If exam order discrepancies are noted, contact the Fleet Services Branch 
(NETPDC N321) as listed on the NEAS website on the NETPDC N321 point of 
contact table.
    e.  Exceptions to policy for exam orders will continue to be submitted in 
line with reference (a).
    f.  Candidates in the following ratings are separated into the following 
competitive groups:

        (1) CTI:
            Group 1  Middle East/North Africa
            Group 2  East/Far East
            Group 3  Latin/South America
            Group 4  Eastern Europe
        (2) EMN, ETN, and MMN:
            Group 1  Submarine
            Group 2  Surface
            Group 3  Training

4.  Exam Administration and Answer Sheet Returns
    a.  For exam administration and answer sheet return instructions refer to 
chapter 6 of reference (a).
    b.  ESOs must check the exam tote board on the NEAS website often to 
ensure answer sheets have been received and processed.  The tote board can be 
accessed via MNP at https://www.mnp.navy.mil/.
Select the Career and Life Events tab, Advancement and Promotion tab, Navy 
Advancement Center tab and then the command info for ESOs.
Answer sheets that are in error will not be counted until they are processed 
successfully.
    c.  A detailed discrepancy list can be found on the NEAS website.  For 
guidance on discrepancy correction requirements, refer to chapters 3 and 7 of 
reference (a).
    d.  Post-exam administration discrepancy correction correspondence with 
NETPDC N321 is to be submitted using the EAW post-exam administration 
comments function outlined in reference (d).  All corrections must have a 
CO/OIC letter and supporting documentation included as attachments.  
Education point corrections require a submission of the joint service 
transcript indicating the degree type and date of completion.
    e.  For guidance on E-4 through E-6 candidates with missed exams due to 
assignment in CDCZ/ACOA refer to chapter 6 of reference (a).

5.  Examination Results.  Refer to chapter 7 of reference (a).

6.  Any additional information regarding this cycle will be posted on the 
NEAS website.

7.  Points of Contact
    a.  MyNavy Career Center (MNCC) is available 24/7 by phone at 1- 833-330-
MNCC (1-833-330-6622) or via e-mail at askmncc(at)navy.mil.
    b.  SCI exam questions and orders can be reached at (850) 473- 5867/DSN 
753 or via e-mail at sfly_cryptologic.products(at)navy.mil.
    c.  Non-SCI exam questions and orders can be reached at (850)473-6148/DSN 
753 or via e-mail at sfly_N321_exam_order(at)navy.mil.
    d.  Records and discrepancies can be reached at (850) 473- 6148/DSN 753 
or via the EAW on MNP at https://www.mnp.navy.mil/group/navy-advancement-
center/my-eso.

8.  For further NEAS information, to include exam verbatim and other related 
documents, visit MNP at https://www.mnp.navy.mil/group/navy-
advancement-center/my-eso.

9.  This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled, 
whichever occurs first.

10.  Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.//

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