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SUBJ/JANUARY 2021 CYCLE 250 E-7 ACTIVE DUTY AND FULL-TIME SUPPORT NAVY-WIDE
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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
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
January 2021 (cycle 250) E-7 Navy-wide advancement examination (NWAE) for
Active-Duty (AD) and Full-Time Support (FTS) Sailors. As a continued safety
measure during the COVID-19 outbreak, exams will be administered utilizing a
testing window from 18-29 January 2021. This testing window 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. Canvasser Recruiter (CANREC) personnel with a branch
class of 32 and a special program indicator code of *W* (enlisted CANREC)
will no longer take Active-Duty exams.
Commencing with the February 2021 (cycle 108) E-7 Selected Reserve
(SELRES) exams, CANREC E-6 personnel are authorized to take the SELRES exam
for Limited Duty Officer (LDO) purposes. The administration of the exam
across a window and shifting CANREC Sailors to take the SELRES exam are both
changes to reference (a).
Information pertaining to selection board criteria will be promulgated in a
a. 18-29 January 2021: Administration of exams.
b. 31 January 2021: Congressionally designated combat zones and
approved contingency operations areas (CDCZ/ACOA) evaluations used for time-
in-rate (TIR) waivers must have an ending period by this date.
3. Eligibility requirements are found in chapter 2 of reference (a). The
following information is specific only to cycle 250:
a. The terminal eligibility date used to compute TIR is 1 January 2022.
b. The minimum TIR date must be on or before 1 January 2019.
c. TIR requirements for early promote Sailors can be waived by
1 year with the commanding officer (CO)/officer-in-charge (OIC) approval, in
line with paragraph 214.e. of reference (a).
d. High-year tenure (HYT) date must be effective 1 September
2021 or later. All HYT waivers must be approved prior to 21 January 2021.
e. 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 January 2021.
If the CO of the candidate grants an interim clearance, JPAS must be updated
prior to 1 January 2021. Candidates who do not meet the outlined criteria
should not be allowed to participate in the exam.
Candidates must maintain security clearance eligibility throughout the
advancement cycle to be eligible for advancement. If, for any reason, a
clearance is denied or revoked, an exam is not authorized until a new
clearance is granted. Ratings requiring a security clearance are AC, AE, AG,
AO, ATI, ATO, AWF, AWO, AWR, AWS, AWV, AZ, CTI, CTM, CTN, CTR, CTT, EOD, ET,
FC, FCA, GM, HT, IC, IS, IT, LN, MA, MC, MN, ND, OS, QM, SB, SO, STG, YN, as
well as all nuclear and submarine ratings. Refer to references (a) and (b)
for additional guidance.
f. Naval Special Warfare (NSW) personnel. In line with reference (a),
the NSW alternative final multiple score will be used to determine selection
board eligibility for special warfare operator and special warfare boat
g. Reporting Senior Cumulative Average Performance Mark Average (RSCA
PMA). RSCA PMA must be computed as outlined in reference (c), using E-6
evaluations with the ending date that falls within the period of 1 January
2018 to 31 December 2020. Refer to reference
(c) and paragraph 308 of reference (a) for additional guidance.
h. Enlisted Advancement Worksheet (EAW). For guidance on establishing
EAW user roles and completing worksheets, refer to reference (d). EAW is
mandatory for cycle 250 and will be the authority for RSCA PMA.
i. Professional Military Knowledge - Eligibility Exams (PMK-EE) are
mandatory for cycle 250 and must be completed prior to 1 December 2020 in
accordance with reference (e).
4. Exam Ordering. Order exams in line with chapter 4 of reference (a).
a. Deploying commands and candidates departing to CDCZ/ACOA can order
exams up to 6 months prior to the scheduled exam date. Refer to chapter 4
and paragraph 614 of reference (a) for additional guidance.
b. Regular Exams:
(1) Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) Exams.
Cryptologic-Technician Interpretive (CTI)/Cryptologic-Technician Network
(CTN)/Cryptologic Technician-Collection (CTR) SCI exam ordering dates can be
found on the Navy Enlisted Advancement System (NEAS) website via MyNavy
Portal at https://www.mnp.navy.mil/.
Select the Career and Life Events tab, Advancement and Promotion tab, Navy
Advancement Center tab and then the Command Info for Educational Services
Officers (ESO). ESOs must verify initial active TIR eligibility lists on the
NEAS website for exam ordering.
Supplemental SCI exams are ordered via preferred message formatted e-mail to
sfly_cryptologic.products(at)navy.mil or naval message following the
guidelines in chapter 4 of reference (a).
(2) Non-SCI Exams. Exam ordering for non-SCI regular exams is
available now. ESOs must verify TIR eligibility lists on the NEAS website
during the following time periods:
(a) Initial TIR lists will be available through 1 November 2020.
(b) Supplemental TIR lists will be available from 2 November to
29 November 2020.
(3) Exams ordered after the TIR lists have closed shall be ordered
using preferred message formatted e-mail to sfly_N321_exam_order(at)navy.mil
or naval message following guidelines in chapter 4 of reference (a). Ensure
a point of contact is included in the submitted e-mail or message. Orders
submitted after supplemental TIR list closure will result in a substitute
exam being sent.
c. Substitute Exams:
(1) The deadline for ordering both SCI and non-SCI substitute exams
is 31 January 2021.
(2) Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center
(NETPDC N321) is the approval authority for all substitute exams.
(3) Substitute exams may be administered with regular exam
administration or in line with reference (a), paragraph 606.
d. ESOs must verify exam orders at the *View Previous Exam
Orders* link via the NEAS website within 7-10 days of placing the order. If
exam order discrepancies are noted, contact the Fleet Services Branch NETPDC
(N321), as listed on the NEAS website in the NETPDC (N321) point of contact
e. Exceptions to policy for exam orders will continue to be submitted in
line with reference (a).
f. Candidates in the following ratings are separated into the following
Group 1 Middle East/North Africa
Group 2 East/Far East
Group 3 Latin/South America
Group 4 Eastern Europe
(2) EMN, ETN and MMN:
Group 1 Submarine
Group 2 Surface
Group 1 Premier Band
Group 2 Fleet Band
5. Exam Administration and Answer Sheet Return.
a. AD/FTS E-7 exams will be administered using a testing window from 18-
29 January 2021. This testing window will allow for smaller groups of test
takers to ensure that adequate social distancing can be maintained between
testers at testing facilities. Administration for all substitute exams will
follow guidelines in reference (a).
b. 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.
c. To the maximum extent practicable, exams for the same ratings should
be administered on the same day. Sailors are directed not to discuss exam
content after taking an exam to ensure no advancement candidate is
disadvantaged in the advancement process. Unauthorized disclosure of exam
content may result in administrative and/or disciplinary action.
d. For exam administration and answer sheet return instructions, refer
to chapter 6 of reference (a). Do not administer cycle 250 examinations
prior to 18 January 2021 unless specifically authorized by Navy Personnel
Command, Enlisted Career Administration (PERS-8031).
e. Authorized materials during examination administration.
Only those materials specifically identified and listed in chapter 6 of
reference (a), this NAVADMIN and the general examination verbatim
instructions are authorized for use during examination administration.
f. If an exam is administered in error, the command must request to
invalidate in line with paragraph 610 of reference (a).
g. ESOs must check the exam tote board on the NEAS website often to
ensure answer sheets have been received and processed. The tote board can be
accessed via MyNavy Portal at https://www.mnp.navy.mil/. Select the Career
and Life Events tab, Advancement and Promotion tab, Navy Advancement Center
tab and then the Command Info for ESOs. Answer sheets that are in error will
not be counted until they are processed successfully.
6. Discrepancy Correction
a. A detailed discrepancy list can be found on the NEAS website. For
guidance on discrepancy correction requirements, refer to chapters 3 and 7 of
reference (a) and reference (d).
b. Post-exam administration discrepancy correction correspondence with
NETPDC (N321) is to be submitted using the EAW post-exam administration
comments (PAC) function outlined in reference (d). All corrections must have
a CO/OIC letter and supporting documentation included as attachments.
c. Exception to Policy for Selection Board Eligibility Waivers.
(1) CDCZ/ACOA Candidates. As an additional enclosure to cycle 250
Letter of Transmittal, commands with CDCZ/ACOA candidates should submit a
list of Selection Board Eligible Candidates by activity. This is a change to
paragraph 614.f.(5) of reference (a).
(2) Non-CDCZ/ACOA Candidates. Submit message formatted e- mail
exception to policy for selection board eligibility waiver directly to
Enlisted Plans and Policy Branch (OPNAV N132C) at NXAG_N132C(at)navy.mil, per
paragraph 104 of reference (a). This is a change to paragraph 614.f.(5) of
7. Examination Results. Refer to chapter 7 of reference (a).
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 1- 833-330-
MNCC (1-833-330-6622) or via e-mail at askmncc(at)navy.mil.
b. SCI exam questions and orders can be reached at (850) 473- 5867/DSN
753 or via e-mail at sfly_cryptologic.products(at)navy.mil.
c. Non-SCI exam questions and orders can be reached at (850)473-6148/DSN
753 or via e-mail at sfly_N321_exam_order(at)navy.mil.
d. Exam records and discrepancies can be reached at (850) 473- 6148/DSN
753 or via the EAW PAC function.
10. For further NEAS information, to include exam verbatim and other related
documents, visit MNP at https://www.mnp.navy.mil/group/navy-advancement-
11. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.
12. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.//