PERSONNEL ADVANCEMENT REQUIRE-
MENTS (PARS).PARS are skills and abilities that
can best be demonstrated (shown) by actual
performance. Generally, each PAR contains one or
more OCCSTDs on the same or similar subject and is
written in on-the-job rating language. PARs arent
competitive; that is, no mark is assigned. Completion
indicates that you can perform the tasks.
Completion of PARs is mandatory for
advancement. Commands should make sure you
complete PARs before you are recommended for
advancement. Because of limitations in command
equipment, mission, and operations, you may not be
able to demonstrate all PARs. In that case, actual
demonstration of ability isnt mandatory. However,
your being recommended for advancement must be
based on the command being satisfied that you have the
necessary ability to perform properly at the higher
paygrade at the present command and at other
PARs are not designed to replace other qualification
programs, such as PQS. However, PAR items that
duplicate sign off items in other programs can be
signed off as PAR items if they have already been signed
off under any other program.
PARs and BIBS are available in electronic format
NETPDTC Web Site: Get PARS,
Streamlined Automated Logistics Transmission
System (SALTS), www.salts.navy.mil
BIBLIOGRAPHY (BIB) FOR ADVANCE-
MENT-IN-RATE EXAM STUDY.The BIB is
developed by exam writers (chief petty officers) to help
Sailors study for advancement-in-rate examinations.
The BIB is a list of references that includes training
courses (TRAMANs/NRTCs), instructions, technical
manuals, guides, and other publications commonly
used in a rating.
BIBs are posted (issued) three times a year and are
only available in electronic format. You can find the
BIBs at the NETPDTC web site. The E-4/E-5/E-6 BIBs
are posted in March and September; and E-7 BIBs are
posted in July. The BIBs posted in March are for the
exam given the following September; the BIBs posted
in September are for the exam given the following
TRAINING MANUAL INFORMATION.
Training manuals (TRAMANs) and their associated
nonresident training courses (NRTCs) are prepared as
self-study packages to help you develop the knowledge
required for your rating. You may also use them when
preparing to take an advancement examination. The
information in some TRAMANs is considered
You must complete certain courses (mandatory
courses) to meet advancement eligibility requirements.
For example, if youre going up for E-3 and didnt
attend the Apprenticeship Training Program (ATP), you
must complete Basic Military Requirements (BMR) and
either the Airman (AN), Fireman (FN), or Seaman (SN)
(depending on your rate) TRAMANs. If you graduated
from the ATP, you have satisfied the requirement for
completion of the AN, FN, or SN apprenticeship
TRAMAN. However, you still must complete the BMR.
Remember, you are responsible for the information
in training manuals concerning the rating in which you
wish to be advanced and the appropriate apprenticeship
and general rate training manuals.
COMMANDING OFFICERS (COS)
RECOMMENDATION.This eligibility require-
ment is, perhaps, the most important of all. For your CO
to recommend you for advancement, he/she must be
satisfied that you are fully qualified for advancement.
To a great extent, your CO relies on the
recommendations of the people in the chain of
command to decide if you are fully qualified for
advancement. Your supervisor constantly evaluates
your performance to see if you can handle the duties and
responsibilities of an advancement.
In addition, your CO can add requirements to the
eligibility requirements shown here. These additional
requirements should be met for you to receive your
COs recommendation. Check with your supervisor or
personnel office to see if your command has local
ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIRE-
MENTS.In addition to the eligibility requirements