the number of years a person is allowed to remain on
active duty, you must refer to Reenlistment Quality
Control Program, OPNAVINST 1160.5B.
Candidates need to know how to prepare for
advancement and what materials to study. As a first class
or chief petty officer, whether you serve the educational
services officer (ESO) or not, you play an important role
in the preparation for advancement of all candidates in
your command and, in some cases, of other commands.
Make sure you are knowledgeable in all respects on
Encourage all eligible candidates to complete their
requirements on time. Make sure required
correspondence courses, Personnel Advancement
Requirements (PARs), advancement handbooks, and so
on, are available for them.
Candidates for advancement must be prepared.
They should not wait until the last minute to prepare and
study for advancement. They should prepare for the
examination in the following ways:
By knowing their ratings
By getting plenty of sleep the night before the
By making sure all requirements are completed
on time and entered in their service records
By being prepared to do their best
Equally important in preparing for advancement is
the reamer in which candidates do their jobs. This, of
course, is shown in their evaluations. A sustained
performance shown in an evaluation adds points to the
As we mentioned earlier, all eligible personnel
compete for advancement or change in rating to fill
vacancies in the total Navy/Naval Reserve allowances.
Candidates compete for these vacancies by taking a
Navywide advancement examination.
NETPMSA develops examinations for paygrades
E-4 through E-7 for all Navy ratings. Examinations
contain 150 questions supported by the occupational
standards (OCCSTDs) for each rate and rating.
OCCSTDs express the Navys minimum requirement
for enlisted occupational skills established by
manpower and personnel managers. They form the basis
for implementing and supporting actions for personnel
training, advancement, and distribution. The exam
writers use the OCCSTDs to support advancement
exams. The training manual writers also base their
training manuals on OCCSTDs.
NETPMSA scores and processes examination
sheets using a high-speed electronic scanner.
Examination grades are then combined with other
factors to determine the advancement status of qualified
personnel. Eligible personnel are advanced to PO3
through PO1 to fill Navywide vacancies on the basis of
their FMSs (examination scores plus performance
An examination is not required for advancement to
E-8 or E-9. Advancement to chief petty officer (CPO),
senior chief petty officer (SCPO), and master chief petty
officer (MCPO) requires selection board action. Boards
are convened annually by the Chief of Naval Personnel
(CHNAVPERS). CPO, SCPO, and MCPO candidates
who qualify for selection board consideration are
designated Selection Board Eligible (SBE) by
NETPMSA. The total number selected is based on
Navywide vacancies. CPO candidates are designated
SBE on the basis of their FMSs. SCPO and MCPO
candidates are designated SBE based on the
recommendation of their CO.
NETPMSA sends the examination ordering
instructions and examination order forms, NETPMSA
1418/6, for the next E-4 through E-6 examination cycle
with the initial results from the previous examination
cycle. Ordering instructions and forms for the next E-7
examination cycle are sent with the results from the
previous E-7 selection board.
If your command does not receive some
examination ordering instructions, and examination
order forms from NETPMSA, request the forms from
NETPMSA by letter, NAVGRAM, or message. To
prevent shipping double orders, do not send a follow-up
letter or a message order with the order forms if you
subsequently obtain some order forms.
You must determine the probable number of eligible
candidates, including those taking the test for limited