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SUBJ/SPRING 2021 (CYCLE 108) 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 REQUIREMENTS.
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 2021 (cycle 108) Navy-wide Advancement Exam (NWAE) for Selected
Reserve (SELRES) Sailors in paygrades E-5 through E-7 and
E-4 Prior Service Reenlisted Eligibility Reserve (PRISE-R) candidates and the
use of an alternative final multiple score (FMS) rank-order method without an
exam for all other 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 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 via a future NAVADMIN. All candidates serving on voluntary
recall, mobilization or as Canvasser Recruiters (CANREC) will compete for
advancement as a SELRES. This is a change from previous policy, which
stipulated that CANREC Sailors take the Active Duty/Full Time Support exam.
a. 1 January 2021: PMK-EE completion deadline
b. 1-28 February 2021: E-7 exam administration
c. 1 February-14 March 2021: E-4 PRISE-R, E-5 and E-6 exam
d. 28 February 2021: Enlisted advancement worksheet (EAW) completion
due date. E-4 (with the exception of PRISE-R) exams are cancelled, but EAWs
must still be completed by this 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 108:
a. The terminal eligibility date used to compute time-in-rate (TIR) for
E-4 through E-6 is 1 July 2021 and for E-7 is 1 January 2022.
b. The minimum TIR date must be on or before:
(1) E-7 1 January 2019
(2) E-6 - 1 July 2018
(3) E-5 - 1 July 2020
(4) E-4 - 1 January 2021
c. E-6 and E-7 candidates TIR requirements for early promote Sailors can
be waived by 1 year with commanding officer (CO)/officer-in-charge(OIC)
approval, in line with paragraph 214 of reference (a).
d. High-year tenure (HYT) date for E-4 through E-6 must be effective 1
July 2021 or later. HYT date for E-7 must be effective 1 September 2021 or
later. Any HYT waiver must be approved prior to 1 February 2021.
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 for advancement.
f. 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 February 2021.
If the CO of the candidate grants an interim clearance, it must be entered in
JPAS prior to 1 February 2021. 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 JPAS,
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 candidates EAW. Ratings requiring a security clearance
are AC, AE, AG, AO, AT, AWF, AWO, AWR, AWS, AZ, CTI, CTN, CTR, CTT, EOD, ET,
ETR, ETV, FC, FCA, GM, HT, IS, IT, ITS, LN, MA, MC, MMA, TM, MN, ND, OS, QM,
SB, SO, STG, STS and YN. Refer to references (a) and (b) for additional
g. Branch class and special program indicator (SPI) code. All SELRES
and CANREC are required to take the cycle 108 SELRES NWAE.
Full-Time Support Personnel with a SPI code of V will take cycle 250
(E-7) or cycle 251 (E-4 through E-6) Active-Duty NWAEs.
h. PRISE-R Sailors required to participate in the NWAE to complete their
rate conversion are only required to complete the professional military
knowledge - eligibility exam (PMK-EE) if they are an E-3 and are eligible for
advancement in conjunction with testing to complete rate conversion.
i. For candidates for advancement to E-4 and E-5, compute performance
mark average (PMA) using all applicable evaluations in the current pay grade
of the candidate with an ending date that falls within the following periods:
(1) E-4 - 1 June 2020 to 31 January 2021
(2) E-5 - 1 February 2020 to 31 January 2021
j. For candidates for advancement to E-6 and E-7, calculate the
eporting seniors 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 2018 to 31 January 2021
(2) E-7 - 1 February 2018 to 31 December 2020
k. 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
l. For guidance on establishing EAW user roles and completing
worksheets, refer to reference (d). EAW is mandatory for cycle 108 and will
be the authority for PMA, RSCA PMA and awards.
m. PMK-EE is mandatory for cycle 108 candidates, even if no NWAE is
being administered, and must be completed prior to 1 January 2021 in
accordance with reference (e). No Sailor should be permitted to participate
in the advancement cycle without having a completed PMK-EE captured in EAW.
n. Commands must accurately validate, complete and finalize all
E-4 EAWs in the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS).
EAW accuracy is critical since NEAS will be reprogrammed to use finalized
EAWs 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. Cycle
108 E-4 EAWs must be completed by 28 February 2021.
4. 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. 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
https://www.mnp.navy.mil/group/navy-advancement-center/my-eso. ESOs must
verify initial TIR eligibility lists on the NEAS website for exam ordering.
Supplemental SCI exams are ordered via preferred 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 30 January 2021.
c. Non-SCI Exams.
(1) Initial exam ordering for non-SCI exams will be available through
13 December 2020. ESOs must verify TIR eligibility lists on the NEAS
(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 14 December 2020 to 20 January 2021.
The deadline to order supplemental SELRES exams is 28 February 2021.
d. Exams ordered after the TIR lists have closed and exams for PRISE-R
Sailors shall be ordered using preferred 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 or message.
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
However, all SELRES and CANREC candidates are still required to take the
cycle 108 SELRES exam and not the cycle 250 (E-7) or cycle 251
(E-4 through E-6) Active-Duty exam.
f. When an exam is not used during the normally scheduled event, do not
destroy the exam prior to 1 April 2021.
g. Cycle 108 exams should only be administered from 1 February through
14 March. A request for late administration must be submitted with
justification via e-mail to email@example.com for permission
to retain exams for administration on the next drill weekend. Ensure the
reason for a requested delay is included. Approved late administrations must
be administered prior to 14 April 2021.
(1) Since SELRES may take the NWAE anytime from 1 February to 14
March, 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 month of
the scheduled advancement exam, 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 requests, but all
SELRES late exam requests must come through the Navy Reserve Force ESOs prior
to contacting NETPDC. The Command ESO may e-mail the Navy Reserve Force ESOs
at firstname.lastname@example.org and carbon copy their Immediate
Superior in Command ESOs for validation of their late exam 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 email@example.com for permission
to retain exams for late administration on the next drill weekend in March
2021. Ensure the reason for a requested delay is included.
h. 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 NETPDC (N321) as listed on the
NEAS website at NETPDC (N321) Point of Contact Table.
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 2021. SELRES E-7 exam administrations
will occur from 1 February through 28 February.
Administration for all late exams will follow guidelines in references (a)
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
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 tote board on the NEAS website often to
ensure answer sheets have been received and processed.
Answer sheets that are in error will not be counted until they are processed
f. All candidates serving on voluntary recall, mobilization or as CANREC
will now compete for advancement as a SELRES and participate in this
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
reference (a), chapters 3 and 7.
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
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.
c. For guidance on E-4 through E-6 candidates with missed exams due to
assignment in CDCZ/ACOA, and E-7 candidates assigned to CDCZ/ACOA refer to
chapter 6 of reference (a).
7. Examination 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
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 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.//