WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy released its advancement quotas for Sailors who took the E-4 through E-6 exams in September. More than 23,000 Sailors who passed the exams will be promoted, representing a decrease of only 0.54 percentage points in overall advancement opportunity from the March exam cycle.
"This shows our commitment to developing a more experienced, technically proficient and better educated force under the Navy's Human Capital Strategy," said Vice Adm. Gerry Hoewing, Chief of Naval Personnel. "Keeping this advancement opportunity essentially constant reflects our pledge to take care of our Sailors."
Advancement opportunity to E-4 increased from 35.82 to 36.70 percent, an increase of almost 1 percentage point compared to the March cycle. Advancement opportunity to E-5 was 17 percent, a decrease of 1.06 percentage points from the last cycle, while the advancement opportunity to E-6 dropped to 13.37 percent, a decrease of 2.06 percentage points from last cycle.
The number of Sailors passing the exams increased by 2.85 percent to 108,619 and the total number of quotas available increased by 0.36 percent from March.
Thirty-six ratings increased or maintained advancement opportunity at the E-6 level when compared to the March exam cycle. Forty-three ratings declined in opportunity, but 15 of those still had advancement opportunity above the E-6 average.
Aviation Boatswain's Mates, Launch and Recovery (ABE) up for E-6 experienced strong advancement, with 30.68 percent of those passing the exam advancing to First Class. The same group had a 9.76 percent advancement rate during the last cycle.
Machinery Repairmen (MR) candidates for E-6 saw a decrease in opportunity, as 2.13 percent will be advanced compared to 15.19 percent during the March cycle. Interior Communication Electrician (IC) advancement to E-6 remained essentially steady, as 25.86 percent advanced compared with 26.49 percent in March.
At the E-5 level, 42 ratings showed an increase in advancement opportunity while 33 declined compared to last cycle, but 14 of those still had advancement opportunity above the E-5 average.
The Equipment Operator (EO) community advanced 46.88 percent of those passing the September E-5 test compared to 7.35 percent last cycle. Similarly, Construction Mechanics (CM) showed an improvement to E-5, as 44.22 percent will advance; during the March cycle, 19.71 percent of CM's advanced to E-5.
The Gunner's Mate (GM) advancement rate to E-5 remained steady at 32.54 percent compared with 31.99 percent last cycle. Hull Technicians (HT) advancement dropped to 19.36 percent from 39.40 percent last cycle.
Among the E-4 results, 54 ratings increased or maintained advancement opportunity level when compared to the March exam cycle with 19 showing a decline. Six of those that declined still showed an above-average advancement opportunity, however. Twenty-eight ratings showed 100 percent advancement to E-4.
The Engineering Aid (EA) rate advanced 52.27 percent of those passing the exam for E-4 compared to 12.28 percent during the March cycle. Advancement for Operations Specialists (OS) rebounded, as 17.49 percent made rate compared with 2.02 percent in March.
Personnelman (PN) showed a decrease in advancement to E-4 as 15.20 percent advanced this time vice 24.88 percent during the March cycle.
A full list of advancement quotas from the September 2004 advancement exam (cycle 184) is available at www.bupers.navy.mil/pers8/pers-81/pers-811/Cycle%20184%20Quotas.txt.
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