Truman Sailors Advance in Latest Exam Period

Story Number: NNS100602-04Release Date: 6/2/2010 10:59:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman David Cothran, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Approximately 135 Sailors aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) recently learned they were selected for promotion as a result of the March 2010 E-6 and below advancement exam.

All of the newly selected sailors must attend either a leadership or indoctrination course before being frocked to their new paygrade.

"The Sailors who advanced to E-4 will attend a petty officer indoctrination course before getting their crows on their collar that designate them as petty officers," said Personnel Specialist Seaman William Smith, of Truman's Educational Services Office. "The class will focus on how to handle the increased responsibility that comes with being a Navy petty officer."

Petty officers who advanced to E-5 and E-6 will have to take a leadership course before adding chevrons to their current collar devices, said Smith. Those who scored in the top 2 percent on the tests will start receiving their increased pay immediately, while the remainder will get their increases during the next six months.

"The process is very competitive," said Personnel Specialist Seaman Serguy Soukhenko. "It ensures the top Sailors in each job will be the ones to advance."

When the results are announced, shipmates should congratulate those who advanced while encourage others to prepare for the next exam period in September 2010, said Lt. j.g. Ivan Cole, Truman's educational services officer.

Cole's advice to aspiring Sailors is to get in the books and study.

One Sailor whose study time paid off is Aviation Ordnance Airman Rachael Solano, who will soon attend petty officer indoctrination.

Solano, who was working temporary assigned duty in the ship's store, said she did a lot of extra studying because she was working outside her rate.

"I was pretty stoked," said Solano. "I view things a little differently, now because I see there is a chance for advancement for everyone if you work hard and study hard."

Solano added that while she has accomplished a long-sought goal, she is not ready to stop reaching higher.

"Now I have to start working on my air warfare pin and studying for my E-5 exam," said Solano.

The Navy advancement exams for E-4 through E-6 contain 200 multiple-choice questions about general Navy knowledge and job-specific criteria. The advancement exams are administered every year in March and September. For more information on advancement, visit

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