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SUBJ/SPRING 2022 (CYCLE 110) NAVY-WIDE ADVANCEMENT EXAMINATION FOR SELECTED
RESERVE E-4 THROUGH E-7 CANDIDATES//
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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
REF C IS NAVADMIN 312/18, ADVANCEMENT POLICY UPDATE.
REF D IS NAVADMIN 316/18, ENLISTED ADVANCEMENT WORKSHEET.
REF E IS NAVADMIN 201/20, PROFESSIONAL MILITARY KNOWLEDGE ELIGIBILITY EXAM
REVISED BUSINESS RULES.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the guidance for the administration
of the Spring 2022 (cycle 110) Navy-wide Advancement Exam (NWAE) for
Selected Reserve (SELRES) E-5 through E-7 and E-4 Prior Service
Reenlistment Eligibility Reserve (PRISE-R) candidates, and the use
of an alternative final multiple score rank-order method without an
exam for all other SELRES E-4 advancement candidates. As a
continued safety measure during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-
19) outbreak, E-4 exams (with the exception of PRISE-R) have been
cancelled and an expanded testing window has been established for E-
4 PRISE-R, E-5 and E-6 candidates. E-7 candidates will complete
their exams from 1-28 February in order to meet deadlines for the
chief selection boards. These expanded testing windows will allow
for smaller groups of test takers, ensuring adequate social
distancing can be maintained between Sailors at testing facilities,
while maintaining the high standards and continued culture of
learning that drive our enlisted advancement system. Information
pertaining to selection board criteria will be promulgated via a
future NAVADMIN. All candidates serving as a voluntary recall, on a
mobilization or as a Canvasser Recruiter (CANREC) will compete for
advancement as a SELRES.
a. 31 December 2021: Professional military knowledge -
eligibility exam (PMK-EE) completion deadline
b. 1-28 February 2022: E-7 exam administration
c. 1 February-14 March 2022: E-4 PRISE-R, E-5 and E-6 exam
d. 28 February 2022: E-4 enlisted advancement worksheet (EAW)
completion due date. E-4 (with the exception of PRISE-R) exams are
cancelled, but EAWs must still be fully completed by this date.
Only exception is that EAW completion date for E-4 PRISE-R
candidates can be submitted by 31 March 2022 if their exam date
occurs 1-14 March 2022.
e. 31 March 2022: E-5/6 EAW completion due date.
3. Eligibility Requirements. For all E-4 through E-7 candidates,
eligibility requirements are found in chapter 2 of reference (a),
with the following information specific only to cycle 110:
a. The terminal eligibility date used to compute time-in-rate
(TIR) for E-4 through E-6 is 1 July 2022 and for E-7 is 1 January
b. The minimum TIR date must be on or before:
(1) E-7 - 1 January 2020
(2) E-6 - 1 July 2019
(3) E-5 - 1 July 2021
(4) E-4 - 1 January 2022
c. E-6 and E-7 candidate TIR requirements for early promote
(EP) Sailors can be waived by one year with commanding officer
(CO)/officer-in-charge (OIC) approval, in line with paragraph 214 of
reference (a). NOTE: Cycle 110 EAW must be manually created for all
E-6 and E-7 EP TIR waiver authorized candidates.
d. High-year tenure (HYT) date for E-4 through E-6 must be
effective 1 July 2022 or later. HYT date for E-7 must be effective
1 September 2022 or later. Any HYT waiver must be approved prior to
1 February 2022 to be able to participate in cycle 110.
e. Candidates who have submitted a formal written request for
voluntary transfer to the retired reserve (with or without pay) or
Fleet Reserve on a date prior to their mandated-HYT are ineligible
f. Candidates in a rating requiring a security clearance must
have a favorable investigation adjudication by the Department of
Defense consolidated adjudication facility reflected properly in the
Defense Information System for Security (DISS) prior to 1 February
2022. If the CO/OIC of the candidate grants an interim clearance,
it must be entered in DISS prior to 1 February 2022. Candidates
must maintain security clearance eligibility throughout the
advancement cycle to be eligible for advancement. If for any reason
a clearance is denied, revoked or not reflected in DISS, an exam is
not authorized and commands will not allow candidates to take the
exam until the discrepancy is corrected or a new clearance is
granted and is properly reflected in the candidates EAW. Ratings
requiring a security clearance are: AC, AE, AG, AO, AT, AWF, AWO,
AWR, AWS, AZ, CTI, CTN, CTR, CTT, EOD, ET, ETV, FC, FCA, GM, HT, IS,
IT, ITS, LN, MA, MC, MMA, MN, ND, OS, QM, SB, SO, STG, STS, TM and
YN. Refer to references (a) and (b) for additional guidance.
g. Branch class and special program indicator (SPI) code. All
SELRES including CANREC (with a SPI code of W) are required to take
the cycle 110 SELRES NWAE.
h. For E-4 and E-5 advancement candidates, compute performance
mark average (PMA) using all applicable evaluations in the current
paygrade of the candidate with an ending date that falls within the
(1) E-4 - 1 June 2021 to 31 January 2022
(2) E-5 - 1 February 2021 to 31 January 2022
i. For E-6 and E-7 advancement candidates, calculate the
reporting senior cumulative average (RSCA) PMA, as outlined in
reference (c), using evaluations in the current paygrade of the
candidate with the ending date that falls within the time periods:
(1) E-6 - 1 February 2019 to 31 January 2022
(2) E-7 - 1 February 2019 to 31 December 2021
j. Refer to reference (c) and paragraph 308 of reference (a)
for additional guidance on RSCA PMA and PMA including guidance on
establishing PMA for new accessions that have graduated from A-
school and do not have a current evaluation.
k. For guidance on establishing EAW user roles and completing
worksheets, refer to reference (d). EAW is mandatory for cycle 110
and will be the authority for PMA, RSCA PMA and awards.
l. PMK-EE is mandatory for cycle 110 candidates competing for
advancement, even if no NWAE is being administered and must be
successfully completed once for the administration paygrade. The
PMK-EE completion deadline is 31 December 2021, in line with
reference (e). No Sailor competing for advancement shall be
permitted to participate in the advancement cycle without having
completed PMK-EE for the administration paygrade.
m. PRISE-R Sailors required to participate in the NWAE to
complete their rate conversion are only required to complete the
PMK-EE if they are an E-3 and are eligible for advancement in
conjunction with testing to complete rate conversion.
n. Commands must accurately validate, complete and finalize all
EAWs in the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System. E-4 EAW
accuracy is critical since Navy Enlisted Advancement System (NEAS)
will be reprogrammed to use finalized E-4 EAWs (with the exception
of PRISE-R) rather than the candidate exam answer sheets to create
E-4 candidate records. The success of this process will be
dependent upon the accurate completion of E-4 EAWs to establish
advancement cycle participation.
4. Exam Ordering. Order exams in line with chapter 4 of reference
a. 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).
b. Sensitive compartmented information (SCI) Exams.
Cryptologic technician interpretive (CTI), cryptologic technician
networks (CTN) and cryptologic technician collection (CTR) SCI exam
ordering dates can be found on the NEAS website via MyNavy Portal at
information. Select Command Advancement Tools, then NEAS Website.
Educational Services Officers (ESOs) must verify initial TIR
eligibility lists on the NEAS website for exam ordering.
Supplemental SCI exams are ordered via message formatted e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org or naval message following the
guidelines in line with chapter 4 of reference (a). The deadline
for additional orders is 4 January 2022.
c. Non-SCI Exams. Exam ordering dates can be found on the NEAS
website via MyNavy Portal at
information. Select Command Advancement Tools, then NEAS Website.
ESOs must verify TIR eligibility lists on the NEAS website during
the following time periods:
(1) Initial exam ordering for non-SCI exams will be
available from 28 November to 12 December 2021.
(2) Eligible candidates who were not added to the initial
TIR list can be added to a supplemental TIR list. Supplemental TIR
lists will be available from 13 December 2021 to 18 January 2022.
The deadline to order supplemental SELRES exams is 28 February 2022.
d. Exams ordered after the TIR lists have closed and exams for
PRISE-R Sailors shall be ordered using message formatted e-mail or
naval message following the guidelines in chapter 4 of reference
(a). Ensure a point of contact is included in the submitted e-mail
e. Exams for CDCZ/ACOA Sailors or recalled reservists will be
ordered by the command holding the service record of the Service
Member. Authority is granted for these candidates to be
administered exams with the Active-Duty exam administration.
However, SELRES, including CANREC candidates, are still required to
take the cycle 110 SELRES exam and not the cycle 254 (E-7) or cycle
255 (E-4 through E-6) Active-Duty exam.
f. When an exam is not used during the normally scheduled
timeline, do not destroy the exam prior to 1 April 2022. Refer to
paragraphs 4.f.(1) and 4.f.(2) below for requests to retain exams
for late administration on the next drill weekend in March 2022.
Approved late administrations must be administered prior to 1 April
(1) Since SELRES candidates may take the NWAE anytime from 1
February 2022 to 14 March 2022, except for E-7 candidates who must
take it in February, annual training (AT) and additional duty for
training (ADT) orders are not valid reasons for any Sailors to take
the late exam. ESOs shall ensure that Sailors take the NWAE prior
to going on AT/ADT orders or when Sailors return from their AT/ADT.
If a Sailor will be on AT/ADT during the entire time of the
scheduled advancement exam window, then the ESO shall coordinate
with the gaining command to forward the Sailors exam and EAW.
(2) Naval Education and Training Professional Development
Center (NETPDC (N321)) has the final approval for all late exam
administration requests, but all SELRES late exam requests must come
through the Navy Reserve force ESOs prior to contacting NETPDC. The
command ESO must e-mail the Navy Reserve Force ESOs at
email@example.com and carbon copy their immediate
superior in command ESOs for validation of their late exam
administration request. Once the Reserve Force ESOs validate the
reason of the request, the command ESO will request approval from
NETPDC to allow the Sailor to take the late exam. A request for
approval from NETPDC must be submitted with justification via e-mail
to firstname.lastname@example.org for authorization to retain
exams for late administration on the next drill weekend in March
2022. Ensure the reason for a requested delay and Commander, Navy
Reserve Forces Command ESO validation is included.
g. ESOs must verify the exam 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 in the NETPDC (N321) Point of Contact
5. Exam Administration and Answer Sheet Returns
a. SELRES E-5 through E-6 and E-4 PRISE-R exam administrations will
occur from 1 February through 14 March 2022. SELRES E-7 exam administrations
will occur from 1 through 28 February 2022. Administration for all late exams
will follow guidelines in reference (a) and paragraph 4.f. of reference (b).
b. Every effort should be made to spread the administration of
the exams evenly throughout the exam administration period, in order
to minimize the number of exam-takers at any one administration to
ensure maximum social distancing.
c. All commands should develop a plan to meet COVID-19
mitigations. Every effort should be made to ensure appropriate COVID-19
mitigation measures are in place, to include, but not limited to, face
coverings, adequate social distancing, available hand sanitizer, medical
(questionnaire) screenings and temperature checks.
d. Following the administration of exams, it is critical that
ESOs expeditiously mail in answer sheet packages to NETPDC (N321).
Do not hold exams until the end of the testing window. Prompt
return of answer sheets will help ensure results are released in a
timely manner. For answer sheet return instructions, refer to
chapter 6 of reference (a).
e. ESOs must check the exam toteboard on the NEAS website often
to ensure answer sheets have been received and processed. The
toteboard can be accessed via MyNavy Portal at
information. Select Command Advancement Tools, then Exam Toteboard.
Erroneous answer sheets that will not be counted until they are
6. Discrepancy Correction
a. A detailed discrepancy list can be found at the NEAS website
via MyNavy Portal. For guidance on discrepancy correction
requirements, refer to chapters 3 and 7 of reference (a).
b. Post-exam administration discrepancy correction
correspondence with NETPDC (N321) is to be submitted using the EAW post-exam
administration comments (PAC) function, refer to reference (e). All
corrections must have a CO/OIC letter and all required supporting
documentation included as attachments. Education point corrections require a
submission of the Joint Service Transcript indicating the degree type and
date of completion.
c. 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). A missed exam
cycle EAW is required to be completed by selecting *Missed Cycle/Individual
Augmentee* entry in the *EAW Special Circumstances* data entry field.
d. Selection Board Eligibility Waivers
(1) CDCZ/ACOA Candidates. As an additional enclosure to cycle 110
letter of transmittal, commands with CDCZ/ACOA candidates should submit a
list of selection board eligible candidates by activity as an additional
enclosure with cycle 110 E-7 Letter of Transmittal. This is a change to
paragraph 614.f.(5) of reference (a).
(2) Non-CDCZ/ACOA Candidates. Submit message formatted e-mail
exception to policy for selection board eligibility waiver directly to
Enlisted Plans and Policy Branch (OPNAV N132C) at email@example.com, per
paragraph 104 of reference (a). This is a change to paragraph 614.f.(5) of
7. NWAE Results. Selection board eligibility results will be provided via
Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS) On-line to authorized command
representatives prior to release of profile sheets. See chapter 7 of
reference (a) for additional information on selection board eligibility and
8. Any additional information regarding this cycle will be posted on the
9. Points of Contact
a. MyNavy Career Center (MNCC) is available 24/7, by phone at
(833) 330-MNCC (833) 330-6622 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
b. SCI exam questions and orders via phone at (850) 473
5867/DSN 753 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
c. Non-SCI exam orders by phone at (850) 473-6148/DSN 753 or
via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
d. NWAE exam records, and discrepancies by phone at (850) 473-
6148/DSN 753 or via EAW PAC function.
10. Any additional information regarding this cycle, to include the exam
verbatim and other related documents, will be posted on MyNavy Portal
11. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.
12. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.//