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Navy Announces January’s Active and TAR E-7 Exam Details

11 October 2022

From MC1 Mark D. Faram, Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

The Chief of Naval Personnel announced details for the January 2023 (Cycle 258) E-7 Navywide advancement examination for active-duty Sailors and those in the Training and Administration of Reserves (TAR) community.  

For the first time in two years, E-7 exam administration returns to a single day of testing – Jan. 19, 2023 – after two years of testing during a range of days to limit COVID-19 exposure, according to NAVADMIN 226/22, Oct. 5. 

Commands with conflicts for the set testing day can apply for a waiver from Navy Personnel Command (PERS-8) to test on an alternate day through Jan. 31 the message said.

The message gives key dates and requirements for eligibility leading up to exam administration only. Details about the selection board itself will be released in a separate message in the coming months. 

E-6’s planning to take the exam must have completed their Professional Military Knowledge - Eligibility Exam (PMK-EE) by Nov. 30. 

This online-only PMK-EE test must be completed just once at each paygrade, meaning if the requirement was met for a previous cycle, you should not need to repeat the training. However, a good rule of thumb is to check your records and ensure the documentation is there.

To be eligible to take the exam, Sailors must have three years of time in rate (TIR). The terminal eligibility date used to compute this time for the exam is Jan. 1, 2024, making the minimum time in rate date on or before Jan. 1, 2021. 

The only exceptions to this is when commanding officers or officers in charge approve early promote Sailors to take the exam a year early. For those Sailors the date is on or before Jan. 1, 2022.

Educational Services Officers must verify TIR eligibility lists on the Navy Enlisted Advancement System website at These lists, along with exam ordering information is available on the Navy Advancement website. Approved substitute exams must be ordered by Jan. 31, 2023.

Sailors at or above high-year tenure must have a waiver that will be effective Sept.1, 2023, and must be approved by Jan. 19, 2023.

Many ratings require a security clearance for all Sailors and the reference to where you can find a complete list is available in the NAVADMIN. It is a good idea for Sailors to verify their security clearances prior to testing.

Sailors in these skills must have a favorable investigation adjudication by the Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudication Facility reflected in the Defense Information System for Security (DISS) prior to Jan. 1.

For further NEAS information, to include exam verbatim and other related documents visit MNP at


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