WASHINGTON (NNS) -- In an effort to reduce administrative distractions and further empower commanding officers (CO), the Navy announced Wednesday in NAVADMIN 200/17 that it will grant COs the authority to reinstate Sailors to E4 who were previously reduced in rank to E3.
Additionally, this NAVADMIN also announces the elimination of the E4 advancement exam for 20 accelerated advancement ratings, which receive advancement upon completion of individual training.
"These changes are part of our Sailor 2025 and Rating Modernization initiatives, which are aimed at empowering our COs and streamlining policies where it makes sense," said Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke. "Our profession relies on trust and confidence up and down the chain of command and we expect our COs to make decisions that are ultimately aimed at developing our Sailors' character and competence. Changes like these help us do just that."
Beginning Dec. 1, 2017, when these policy changes go into effect, COs may reinstate a Sailor's rank to E4 after a minimum six-month waiting period who was reduced in rank to E3 by non-judicial punishment for minor offenses. Reinstatement to E4 is at the discretion of the individual's Commanding Officer, and does not automatically occur. COs may choose to delay re-instatement until they deem the Sailor is ready and are under no obligation to advance the individual if they do not feel it is warranted.
Also beginning Dec. 1, which marks the start of the Spring 2018 petty office advancement cycle, the following E4 exams will no longer be given for the following 20 ratings belonging to the Advanced Electronics Field, Advanced Technical Field, and Nuclear Field programs:
Naval Air Crewman (Mechanical) (AWF)
Naval Air Crewman (Operator) (AWO)
Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) (AWR)
Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) (AWS)
Naval Air Crewman (Avionics) (AWV)
Cryptologic Technician (Interpretative) (CTI)
Cryptologic Technician (Networks) (CTN)
Electricians Mate (Nuclear) (EMN)
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician (EOD)
Electronics Technician (ET)
Electronics Technician (Nuclear) (ETN)
Fire Controlman (FC)
Fire Controlman (Aegis) (FCA)
Intelligence Specialist (IS)
Information System Technician (Submarine) (ITS)
Machinists Mate (Nuclear) (MMN)
Missile Technician (MT)
Navy Diver (ND)
Special Warfare Boat Operator (SB)
Special Warfare Operator (SO)
For further details of these changes, read NAVADMIN 200/17 at http://www.npc.navy.mil.