The Navy has set dates and details for the Fall Navy-Wide Advancement Examination (NWAE) Cycle 256 in NAVADMIN 135/22, released June 17.
All E-6 and E-5 candidates in active, training and regulation (TAR) components will return to pre-Covid-19 vetting standards on specific dates, though Navy officials have made that schedule flexible through September. 30.
“If the need for an extended window of NWAE administration becomes necessary due to the resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic, commands may request a deviation of the NWAE administration from the Navy Personnel Command,” Vice Adm. Richard J. Cheeseman Jr. wrote in the message.
“Deviation from one-day testing shall not be permitted as a matter of convenience, but rather as a result of heightened local health protection measures or other valid reasons.”
For clarity, the Navy has renamed the Reserve Full-Time Support (FTS) community to Training and Administration of the Reserves (TAR) beginning in FY 2022.
E-6 and E-5 candidates will be tested on September 1 and 8, respectively. However, all active TAR E-4 advancement exams have been canceled again. Eligible E-3s will be selected for advancement using an alternate rank order final multiple process to determine who advances without test scores.
This E-4 advancement procedure took effect in early 2020 when the COVID-19 precautions began. Navy officials say fleet feedback from previous rank-order E-4 advancements has been positive.
Ahead of the exams, Marines must complete their Professional Military Knowledge Eligibility Exams (PMK-EE) by July 31.
The PMK-EE deadline applies to all sailors regardless of whether they have sat for the exam or not. Sailors who have already met this military knowledge test requirement in previous cycles are not required to retake this test. This is only required once per paygrade level.
The terminal qualification for calculating time-in-rate (TIR) is January 1, 2023.
The E-6’s TIR date must be on or before January 1, 2020; 1 January 2022 for E-5; and 1 July 2022 for E-4.
COs and OICs can waive one year of time-in-rate for E6 candidates with early promotion at their most recent evaluation. However, Enlisted Advancement Worksheets (EAWs) for those Marines must be manually created and submitted.
All candidates’ senior year term dates must be on or after January 1, 2023. Those seeking exemption must be approved to participate in the exam cycle before September 1.
Because the Naval Education Training and Professional Development Center (NETPDC) does not receive E-4 exam answer sheets, commands must scrub the records of E-3 Sailors eligible for their advancement to ensure that all E-4 EAW are in the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System. Accurate and up-to-date.
Cycle 256 Active and TAR Sailor deadlines are one week after the testing dates for E-6 and E-5, respectively. Although no E-4 exams will be given, EAWs must be completed by September 15.
Once the exams are given, ESOs are encouraged to mail answer sheet packages to NETPDC quickly and not hold any exams until the end of the testing window, ensuring speedy processing of exams.
No dates have been set yet for the release of any advancement results as it will depend on accurate worksheets being submitted in advance and prompt return of answer sheets after the exams are conducted.
Additional eligibility and administrative details and deadlines are available in NAVADMIN 135/22 with key points of contact.
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