PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Sailors preparing for advancement examinations are getting a new tool to make their quest easier: Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) Web pages will begin offering links to the material in advancement bibliographies.
The Navy Advancement Center (NAC) pages will provide links directly to exam bibliography documents, offering virtual 'one-stop shopping' for Sailors who previously had to track down numerous publications and references in order to get ready for exams.
"We plan to launch the Advancement Center NKO pages in early 2010, making the information easily reachable for most Sailors," said Kirk Schultz, operations and analysis division head for the Navy Advancement Center in Pensacola. "All of the Professional Military Knowledge (PMK) links will be available for each rank and rating, and we've targeted the phase-in for occupational reference links to start in March."
These PMKs include references such as: NAVEDTRA 14325, Military Requirements, Basic (BMR) and NAVPERS 15665, U.S. Navy Uniform Regulations.
The PMK links were made available in August 2009, but Sailors could only reach them through the NAC Web site. It was up to the individual Sailor to track down all of the occupational reference bibliographies (BIBs), and that could be a significant research task. For example, the March 2010 mass communication specialist E-4 exam lists 32 occupational references and eight separate PMK references. Occupational references include: (For master-at-arms) NTTP 3-20.6.29M, Tactical Boat Operations and OPNAVINST 3591.1 Small Arms Training and Qualification.
"We've had outstanding feedback from the fleet on our PMK links," said Schultz. "But we started getting questions almost immediately on the availability of the rest of the BIBs. With the launch of the NKO pages and the addition of the occupational BIB links taking Sailors directly to the document, Sailors can save even more time."
The BIB links take Sailors to the PDF files for the applicable instruction or publication where they can be viewed, downloaded or printed.
Not all of the BIB references can be linked, as many rates have occupational references from classified, commercial or copyrighted sources, but the majority of the references will have links to PDF files.
"We're working to get the rights to as many of the copyrighted references as possible," said Schultz.
"There will always be some that we won't be able to get, and we will do our best to provide Sailors with the information they need to obtain those references, but we should have the vast majority available through the links on the NKO BIB pages.
"It's important that Sailors review their BIBs before every exam," said Master Chief Electrician's Mate (SS) Jeromie Cook, Naval Education and Training Professional Development Technology Center command master chief. "Each cycle's exams are different, and the BIBs that will be listed and linked through NKO are tailored specifically for that exam cycle. If a Sailor is relying on BIBs from past exams, then he or she may miss some important references. Publications and instructions are also constantly being updated, so it's important to have the information that corresponds to that specific cycle's exam."
Cook also added that the BIBs on the NKO and NAC reference pages are the exact same material subject matter experts use to develop the tests at the Advancement Exam Development Conferences.
"The occupational links for all the ratings at every rank won't be available immediately," said Schultz. "It will take a little while to get all the source documents from the BIBs converted and uploaded, but we're working as fast as we can."
Classified ratings will have their unclassified BIBs linked on NKO, and in the near future the classified BIBs will be available through the SIPRNET (classified) sites.
NKO already offers several links to government and commercial publications, some of which are used to develop advancement exams. For example, under the "Reference Tab" the link to "Navy Library E-Content" provides Sailors with several links to several subject areas. Under the "E-Content - Computers / IT" link is a "Safari Books Online" Web gear that provides access to commercial publications used by the IT (information systems technician) rating.
For more information on advancement, visit the NAC Web site at: https://www2.netc.navy.mil/advancement
And watch for the advancement Web pages soon to appear on NKO: https://wwwa.nko.navy.mil.
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