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MARCH 2023 (CYCLE 259) ACTIVE-DUTY AND TRAINING AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE RESERVE (TAR) E-4 THROUGH E-6 ADVANCEMENT


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SUBJ/MARCH 2023 (CYCLE 259) ACTIVE-DUTY AND TRAINING AND ADMINISTRATION OF 
THE RESERVE (TAR) E-4 THROUGH E-6 ADVANCEMENT// 
 
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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 
process. 
 
4.  Timeline: 
    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 
requirements. 
    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 
March 23. 
 
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 
corrected. 
    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 
following periods: 
        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 
Identification Number. 
    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 
websites. 
 
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, 
sfly_cryptologic.products(at)navy.mil. 
     d.  Non-SCI, late exam orders:  (850) 473-6150/DSN 753, 
usn.pensacola.netpdc.mbx.netpdc-n321-exam-orders(at)us.navy.mil. 
     e.  EAW or exam discrepancies:  (850) 473-6148/DSN 751, 
usn.pensacola.netpdc.mbx.netpdc-n321-discrepancies(at)us.navy.mil 
 
12.  This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled, 
whichever occurs first. 
 
13.  Released by Rear Admiral James P. Waters, N13.// 
 
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