ADVANCEMENT ELIGIBILITY RELATED TO CHANGES TO THE NAVY-WIDE ADVANCEMENT EXAM AND PHYSICAL FITNESS ASSESSMENT SCHEDULES DUE TO COVID-19 MITIGATION:
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SUBJ/ADVANCEMENT ELIGIBILITY RELATED TO CHANGES TO THE NAVY-WIDE ADVANCEMENT
EXAM AND PHYSICAL FITNESS ASSESSMENT SCHEDULES DUE TO COVID-19 MITIGATION//
AMPN/REF A IS NAVADMIN 071/20, PHYSICAL READINESS POLICY UPDATE.
REF B IS NAVADMIN 072/20, POSTPONEMENT OF SELECTION BOARD SCHEDULE.
REF C IS NAVADMIN 121/20, SUPPLEMENTAL NUMBER TWO FOR E-4 THROUGH E-7
FEBRUARY 2020 (CYCLE 106) SELECTIVE RESERVE AND MARCH 2020 (CYCLE 247) E-4
THROUGH E-6 ACTIVE-DUTY, FULL-TIME SUPPORT AND CANVASSER RECRUITER NAVY-WIDE
REF D IS BUPERSINST 1430.16G, ADVANCEMENT MANUAL FOR ENLISTED PERSONNEL OF
THE U.S. NAVY AND U.S. NAVY RESERVE.
REF E IS NAVADMIN 089/20, VOLUNTARY EXTENSIONS FOR ACTIVE COMPONENT NAVY
MEMBERS WITH APPROVED SEPARATION OR RETIREMENT DATES.//
RMKS/1. As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Cycle 1, 2020 physical
fitness assessment (PFA), senior enlisted selection boards, and the spring
Navy-wide advancement exam (NWAE) schedules were changed as detailed in
references (a) through (c). The intent of this NAVADMIN is to clarify and
update policy with regard to the impact of these changes on enlisted
advancement eligibility and commissioning.
2. NWAE Eligibility. Eligibility for the March 2020 cycle 247 and cycle 106
NWAE has been established, and thus Sailors cannot become eligible for the
NWAE as a result of the exam postponement.
Additionally, E-3 Sailors who are in a PFA failure status will not be
eligible to advance via the rank-order method outlined in reference (c).
3. High Year Tenure (HYT) Limits. Sailors who reach their prescribed HYT
a. E-4 through E-6 candidates: In line with reference (d), E-4 through
E-6 candidates must have a HYT date that is on or after 1 July 2020 in order
to have been eligible for the spring 2020 Cycle 106 and 247 NWAE. Due to
postponement of the exams, the results for advancement may not be released
until after 1 July 2020. Therefore, Sailors approaching their HYT date may
request to remain in service beyond their HYT limits until advancement status
can be determined.
b. E-7 through E-9 candidates: In line with reference (d), E-7
candidates must have a HYT date on or after 1 September 2020, and
E-8 through E-9 candidates must have a HYT date on or after 1 July
2020 in order to be eligible for advancement. Sailors impacted by the
postponement of selection boards outlined in reference (b) may not receive
results of those boards until after their HYT date.
Sailors approaching their HYT date may request to remain in service beyond
their HYT limits until advancement status can be determined.
c. All Service Members approaching their HYT limits may submit a HYT
waiver request via command-endorsed Electronic Personnel Action Request
(ePAR/1306) to MyNavy Career Center (MNCC) via MyNavy Portal or by e-mailing
the ePAR request directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. The request should state
that the HYT date of the Service Member exceeds (1 July 2020 or 1 September
2020) and that they desire to remain in service beyond their prescribed HYT
limits in order to receive their advancement results.
4. PFA Failures. All Sailors with PFA failures, including those with two or
more consecutive PFA failures, will be able to regain eligibility for
advancement by passing the official Cycle 2 2020 PFA or a mock PFA prior to
the official Cycle 2 2020 PFA. Guidance for conduct of the PFA will be
promulgated after COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed. This allows
Sailors, who were not given a chance to regain eligibility during the Cycle 1
2020 PFA, the opportunity to regain eligibility as quickly as possible.
Sailors may not gain eligibility for the Cycle 247 or Cycle 106 advancement
exams as eligibility for those has already been closed. All mock PFAs must
be entered in the Physical Readiness Information Management System (PRIMS)
under the fitness enhancement program tab of the Service Member to officially
document the passing score.
5. Advancement withheld due to PFA failure(s). Sailors who were selected
for advancement during NWAE cycle 105 (August 2019) or cycle 244 (September
2019) and had their advancement withheld due to failing one or more PFAs are
required to pass a subsequent mock or official PFA. The same applies to
Sailors enrolled in auto/ accelerated advancement programs (selective
training and reenlistment, professional apprenticeship career track,
accelerated advancement program, etc.) who were scheduled for advancement but
could not due to PFA failures. The exception to policy (ETP) guidelines
outlined in reference (d), paragraph 104, will be permitted for these Service
Members and must be received by 31 December 2020. The ETP will allow Sailors
to be advanced past the 30 June 2020 limiting date for the cycle. A
commanding officer (CO) or officer-in-charge (OIC) letter is required to be
sent via e-mail to Naval Education and Training Professional Development
Center (NETPDTC) at email@example.com with a copy of the PFA
completion documentation of the Sailor, indicating that the advancement is
reinstated (no longer being withheld) and requesting the original advancement
date to be effected. Requests submitted after 31 December 2020 will require
adjudication by the Board for Correction of Naval Records.
6. Multiple PFA failures and Soft End of Active Obligation of Service
(SEAOS) in 2020. Sailors who have failed two or more consecutive PFAs and
whose SEAOS is in calendar year 2020 will be given the option to extend their
SEAOS to 31 December 2020 in line with reference (e). This will give Sailors
an opportunity to pass a mock PFA or the Cycle 2 2020 PFA, thereby regaining
eligibility to reenlist, participate in the NWAE and be advanced. In
accordance with reference (e), SEAOS extension requests should be forwarded
on a command endorsed ePAR/1306 to MNCC via MyNavy Portal or by e-mailing the
ePAR/1306 directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP) Candidates: Changes to the NWAE
and PFA schedules do not affect the MAP season. However, those ineligible to
be MAP-advanced due to PFA failures may regain eligibility by passing a mock
or official PFA as outlined in paragraph 4.
8. Enlisted Commissioning Programs: The requirement for Active Component
and Reserve Component enlisted personnel to have successfully passed a PFA
for their particular commissioning program (e.g. Limited Duty Officer/Chief
Warrant Officer (LDO/CWO), Seaman to Admiral-21 (STA-21), Medical Enlisted
Commissioning Program (MECP)) is immediately suspended. In order to ensure
candidates are qualified, they must have successfully completed their most
recent PFA and, if a Service Member is medically exempt, passed the most
recent PFA prior to being medically exempt.
9. The guidance outlined above is intended to ensure no Sailor is
disadvantaged as a result of the COVID-19 mitigations. Questions and
concerns regarding these policy changes may be referred to MNCC at
email@example.com or 1-833-330-MNCC (6622).
10. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.//