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SUBJ/JANUARY 2022 CYCLE 254 ACTIVE DUTY AND FULL-TIME SUPPORT E-7 NAVY-WIDE
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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 January 2022 (cycle 254) E-7 Navy-wide advancement
examination (NWAE) for Active-Duty and Full-Time Support Sailors.
As a continued safety measure during the COVID-19 outbreak, exams
will be administered utilizing a testing window from 17-28 January
2022. This testing window will allow for smaller groups of test
takers to ensure adequate social distancing can be maintained
between testers 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 in a future NAVADMIN.
a. 30 November 2021: Professional Military Knowledge -
Eligibility Exam (PMK-EE) completion deadline.
b. 17-28 January 2022: Administration of exams.
c. 31 January 2022: Congressionally-designated combat zones
and approved contingency operations areas (CDCZ/ACOA) evaluations
used for time-in-rate (TIR) waivers must have an ending period by
3. Eligibility requirements are found in chapter 2 of reference
(a). The following information is specific only to cycle 254:
a. The terminal eligibility date used to compute TIR is 1
b. The minimum TIR date must be on or before 1 January 2020.
c. TIR requirements for early promote Sailors can be waived by
one year with 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 September
2022 or later. All HYT waivers must be approved prior to 20 January 2022.
e. 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 January
2022. If the CO/OIC of the candidate grants an interim clearance,
DISS must be updated prior to 1 January 2022. Candidates who do not
meet the outlined criteria shall 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
f. Naval Special Warfare (NSW) personnel. In line with
reference (a), the NSW alternative final multiple score will be used
to determine selection board eligibility for special warfare
operator and special warfare boat operator ratings.
g. Reporting Senior Cumulative Average Performance Mark Average
(RSCA PMA). RSCA PMA must be computed as outlined in reference (c),
using E-6 evaluations with the ending date that falls within the
period of 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2021. Refer to reference
(c) and paragraph 308 of reference (a) for additional guidance.
h. Enlisted Advancement Worksheet (EAW). For guidance on
establishing EAW user roles and completing worksheets, refer to
reference (d). EAW is mandatory for cycle 254 and will be the
authority for RSCA PMA.
i. PMK-EE is mandatory for candidates to participate in the
cycle 254 advancement cycle and must be successfully completed once
for the administration paygrade, in line with reference (e). The
completion deadline is 30 November 2021. Candidates who have not
completed PMK-EE for the E-7 paygrade requirement shall not be
allowed to participate in the exam.
4. Exam Ordering. Order exams in line with chapter 4 of reference (a).
a. Deploying commands and candidates departing to 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 /Cryptologic Technician-Collection SCI exam ordering dates
can be found on the Navy Enlisted Advancement System (NEAS) website
via MyNavy Portal at https://www.mnp.navy.mil/group/advancement-and-
promotion/command-information. Select command advancement tools,
then NEAS website. Educational Services Officers (ESOs) must verify
initial active TIR eligibility lists on the NEAS website for exam
ordering. Supplemental SCI exams are ordered via preferred message-
formatted e-mail to email@example.com or naval
message following the guidelines in chapter 4 of reference (a).
Refer to NEAS website for additional TIR SCI exam ordering
(2) 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:
(a) Initial TIR lists will be available through 31
(b) Supplemental TIR lists will be available from 1
November 2021 to 28 November 2021.
(3) Exams ordered after the TIR lists have closed shall be
ordered using preferred message-formatted e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
c. Substitute Exams:
(1) The deadline for ordering both SCI and non-SCI
substitute exams is 31 January 2022.
(2) Naval Education and Training Professional Development
Center (NETPDC N321) is the approval authority for all substitute
(3) Substitute exams may be administered with regular exam
administration or in line with reference (a), paragraph 606.
d. ESOs must verify exam orders at the *View Previous Exam
Orders* link via the NEAS website within 7-10 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 table.
e. Policy on deviations from scheduled exam administration
dates is outlined in paragraph 605 of reference (a).
f. Candidates in the following ratings are separated into the
following competitive groups:
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 1 Premier Band
Group 2 Fleet Band
5. Exam Administration and Answer Sheet Returns
a. AD/FTS E-7 exams will be administered using a testing window
from 17-28 January 2022. This testing window will allow for smaller
groups of test takers to ensure that adequate social distancing can
be maintained between testers at testing facilities. Administration
for all substitute exams will follow guidelines in reference (a).
b. 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
c. To the maximum extent practicable, exams for the same
ratings should be administered on the same day. Sailors are
directed not to discuss exam content after taking an exam to ensure
no advancement candidate is disadvantaged in the advancement
process. Unauthorized disclosure of exam content may result in
administrative and/or disciplinary action.
d. For exam administration and answer sheet return
instructions, refer to chapter 6 of reference (a). Do not
administer cycle 254 examinations prior to 17 January 2022 unless
specifically authorized by Navy Personnel Command, Enlisted Career
e. Authorized materials during examination administration.
Only those materials specifically identified and listed in chapter 6
of reference (a), this NAVADMIN and the general examination verbatim
instructions are authorized for use during examination
f. If an exam is administered in error, the command must
request to invalidate in line with paragraph 610 of reference (a).
g. 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.
Answer sheets that are in error will not be counted until they are
6. Discrepancy Correction
a. A detailed discrepancy list can be found on the NEAS
website. For guidance on discrepancy correction requirements, refer
to reference (d) and 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 function outlined in reference
(d). All corrections must have a CO/OIC letter and all required
supporting documentation included as attachments.
c. Selection Board Eligibility Waivers
(1) CDCZ/ACOA Candidates. As an additional enclosure to
cycle 254 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 254 E-7 Letter of
Transmittal. This is a change to paragraph 614.f.(5) of reference
(2) Non-CDCZ/ACOA Candidates. Submit Exception to Policy
for selection board eligibility waiver directly to Enlisted Plans
and Policy Branch (OPNAV N132C) at email@example.com, in line
with paragraph 104 of reference (a). This is a change to paragraph
614.f.(5) of reference (a).
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 advancement results.
8. Any additional information regarding this cycle will be posted
on the NEAS website.
9. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
b. SCI exam questions and orders can be reached at (850) 473-
5867/DSN 753 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
c. Non-SCI exam questions and orders can be reached at
(850)473-6148/DSN 753 or via e-mail at
d. Exam records and discrepancies can be reached at (850) 473-
6148/DSN 753 or via the EAW PAC function.
10. For further NEAS information, to include exam verbatim and
other related documents, visit MNP at
11. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or
canceled, whichever occurs first.
12. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1//