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At PSD Guam we order, maintain custody of, and administer performance tests and Navy-wide Advancement examinations for eligible Sailors assigned to our customer commands.  We also prepare Service Record entries that effect enlisted advancements.

Advancement Exams

The E-4 through E-6 exams now have 200 questions instead of 150. The time limit remains three hours.

NAVADMIN 189/00 announced several changes to the Navy Enlisted Advancement System.

The Final Multiple Score (FMS) computation for E4 through E6 was revised to more evenly balance the three factors of knowledge, performance, and experience used to rank order candidates for advancement.  FMS was originally devised to give equal weighting to each factor, however, the original FMS computation provided more emphasis on exam score and less emphasis on performance and experience. The implementation of the new performance evaluation system in 1996 improved the emphasis given to performance, but the exam score continued to dominate the process.  Additionally, as the Navy began the "draw down," the length of service (LOS) factor became insignificant. The following changes to FMS were approved and were implemented in the August (Selected Reservist) and September (Active Duty /TAR) 2000 advancement exams:

The new FMS computation for E-4/5 candidates:

Factor Computation Maximum points Percentage
Exam Standard Score As indicated on profile sheet


34 percent
Performance Factor (PMA*60) - 156 84 36 percent
Service in Paygrade(SIPG) (2*sipg) + 15 30 13 percent
Awards Per worksheet 10 4 percent
PNA points 2*PNA (indicated on profile sheet) 30 13 percent

The new FMS computation for E-6 candidates:

Factor Computation Maximum points Percentage
Exam Standard Score As indicated on profile sheet 80 30 percent
Performance Factor (PMA*60) - 130 110 41.5 percent
Service in Paygrade(SIPG) (2*sipg) + 19 34 13 percent
Awards Per worksheet 12 4.5 percent
PNA points 2*PNA (indicated on profile sheet) 30 11 percent

To provide additional emphasis on professional development and to reinforce the objectives of the Navy's leadership training continuum, all advancement exams were modified to increase the emphasis on professional military knowledge section. A new professional military knowledge section replaced the 15 military requirements questions on the exam, They vary in size depending on the pay grade of the exam. The exam questions for this section are designed to reinforce the objectives of the leadership training continuum, Navy military training, and general military training. The new exam questions cover both rating specific knowledge and general professional military knowledge, with the mixture of questions as follows:

Candidates for

Rating Specific Questions

Professional Military Questions

Nonresident Training Courses

Several commands have requested additional guidance concerning changes to the Rate Training Manual (TRAMAN) and NRTC requirements announced in NAVADMIN 189/00. The purpose of this change was to streamline the process for exam administration and to change the emphasis of TRAMANs and NRTCs from merely checking the block for completion of a requirement to fully integrating NRTCs in the professional development of every Sailor.

Previously, a Sailor who completed a NRTC over 10 years ago would still receive a check in the block from their ESO or PSD for meeting the NRTC completion requirement. In reality, merely completing a course so far in the past did little, if anything, to help that Sailor prepare for the advancement exam. TRAMANs and NRTCs are continually being revised to keep up with changes in technology in every rate.

Instead of merely completing a requirement once in a career, completion of the NRTCs, as well as continuing review of the TRAMANs and repeating all or portions of the course under the guidance of a CPO or other mentor, should be the standard practice throughout the Navy. This element of professional development cannot be effectively managed by issuing an OPNAV instruction nor can it be verified by an administrative checklist. It must be accomplished through leadership within the command.

At a minimum, all Sailors should complete the most current revision of the NRTC for their rating, including military requirements, and study the bibliography to prepare for advancement. NETPDTC recommends that all Sailors complete NRTCs within six months of every exam date, each time they take the exam. Each command should monitor completion of NRTCs and other advancement preparations in the same manner that they monitor completion of watchstation qualification, PQS, warfare qualification, leadership continuum training, and any other significant professional development milestone.

In short, NRTCs continue to be an essential part of the advancement process that are to be monitored and enforced within the command, with an emphasis on continual use of the NRTC in the professional development of the Sailor, instead of one time completion.

The Catalog of Nonresident Training Courses (NAVEDTRA 12061), published and distributed by the Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC), is automatically distributed to commands, available through the Navy supply system, and available in electronic form.  Beginning this year, the catalog is available ONLY in electronic form. Paper copies will no longer be distributed or available through the supply system.

Course Ordering Procedures - NAVADMIN 333/00, signed on 22 December 2000, outlined the process for distributing and grading of Nonresident Training Courses (NRTCs) (formerly known as "Rate Training Manuals" or "TRAMANS").  The process features direct contact between the Fleet and the Navy Advancement Center (NAC) whereby Sailors "enroll" in a course instead of "ordering" a course as before. Once a Sailor is enrolled in a course, the NAC will print and ship the course. The NAC will also grade courses and provide course completion confirmation. Sailors will have the ability to grade their assignments instantly by logging on to the web site,  This web site is the primary means of course enrollment and grading. Assignment answer sheets may be submitted via the web site or mailed to the NAC for grading.

Officer Programs

Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) provides an upward mobility opportunity to enlisted personnel who have demonstrated qualities necessary for careers as Unrestricted Line Navy Officers, Nurse, or Marine Corps Officers, but whose past academic performance does not qualify them for immediate selection into an officer accession program.

The Seaman to Admiral Program provides outstanding enlisted personnel in the USN, USNR (TAR), USNR-R, and SELRES with an exceptional education and commissioning opportunity. Selectees will be ordered to one of eight Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) affiliated universities, collocated with one of three main fleet concentration centers in Jacksonville, Norfolk, or San Diego, on permanent change of station (PCS) orders. After obtaining a baccalaureate degree and upon successful completion of Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Pensacola, Florida, selectees will be appointed as permanent Ensign, USNR. 

Enlisted Commissioning Program (ECP)

Officer Candidate School has been designed by Navy officers and educators to give an individual a basic working knowledge of the high-tech naval establishment afloat and ashore, to prepare that individual to assume the responsibilities of a Naval officer and begin developing them to their full potential.


NAVPERS 1070/10 Officer Photo Submission Form


NAVPERS 1430-16E Advancement Manual
NAVEDTRA 12061 Catalog of Nonresident Training Courses
OPNAVINST 1420.1 Enlisted to Officer Commissioning Programs Application Administrative Manual
MILPERSMAN 1420-010 Promotions
MILPERSMAN 1070-020  Personnel Records
BUPERSINST 1610.10 Navy Performance Evaluation and Counseling System 


CNET Advancement Site
PERSCOM Selection Boards
On-line Profile Sheets
North Star Study Guides
Non-Resident Training Courses
General Military Training
Petty Officer Indoctrination
CPO Indoctrination
Selection / Promotion Information
Task Force Excel
CNET Officer Programs

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