already mentioned, some ratings require a specific
school and/or a performance test for advancement.
Figure 16-3 is a presentation of the general
requirements for advancement. To get specific
information on advancement to a particular rate, see
your ESO or personnel office.
SELECTION FOR ADVANCEMENT
Once you meet all the eligibility requirements, you
are considered eligible and qualified for advancement.
However, to be advanced, you must be selected for
advancement. In all advancements, your commanding
officer has the final wordyou are always advanced by
your commanding officer.
Selection for Advancement to E-2 or E-3
The selection for advancement to E-2 or E-3 is done
by your CO. The Navy has no limits on the number of
people who can be advanced to E-2 or E-3. Therefore,
the CO may select and advance people to E-2 or E-3 as
soon as they have met all the eligibility requirements.
Selection for Advancement to Petty Officer
Selection for advancement to petty officer (up to
E-6) is done on the basis of a final multiple among those
who pass the Navywide advancement examination. The
number of persons who may be advanced is limited by
the number of vacancies that exist in each rate and
rating. Therefore, when the number of those who pass
the Navywide advancement examination is greater then
the number of vacancies, a final multiple system is used
to determine which personnel may be advanced to
paygrades E-4, E-5, and E-6.
T h r e e s e p a r a t e c a t eg o r i e s a r e t a ke n i n t o
consideration when a final multiple is computed. The
final multiple score is based on these three things:
1. Merit rating
2. Personnel testing
Merit rating gives people who have shown they are
outstanding performers an advantage in promotion.
Merit rating is done by averaging your performance
marks for the last 3 years.
Personnel testing refers to the Navywide
advancement examination. These examinations are
prepared and administrated by NETPDTC. Each test
consists of 200 multiple-choice questions based upon
the occupational standards for the rating and Naval
Standards. If you pass this examination but are not
selected for advancement, you are considered to have
PNA (passed, not advanced) status for the examination.
Personnel testing includes your examination score in
computing the final multiple score.
You receive credit for your experience in the final
multiple score. Experience includes longevityyour
total active federal military service (TAFMS)and
time in rate (TIR). It also includes certain awards and
To sum it all up, the following factors are
considered in your final multiple computation:
Performance mark average
Length of service (TAFMS)
Service in paygrade (TIR)
Your final multiple score is computed by
NETPDTC at the time your Navywide advancement
examination is scored.
REVIEW 2 QUESTIONS
Q1. List the permanent board members on the
Professional Development Board.
What is the purpose of the Professional