ADVANCEMENT, EDUCATION, AND TRAINING
This chapter briefly discusses the Navys enlisted
advancement system, commands and individuals
responsibilities in regard to advancement, identifies
most of the eligibility requirements for advancement,
and discusses service record entries, eligibility status
list, worksheets, and appointment certificates. This
chapter also discusses service schools eligibility,
enlisted program eligibility, education programs, and
applying for credit for military experience.
The enlisted advancement system provides for the
orderly progression of qualified enlisted personnel to
higher levels of responsibility throughout their naval
ADVANCEMENT IN THE NAVY
Advancement in rate or change in rating is based on
demonstrated proficiency in assigned duties, on the
performance evaluation and recommendation of the
commanding officer (CO), and on written examinations.
All eligible personnel compete for advancement or
change in rating to fill vacancies in the total Navy/Naval
Advancement is a significant milestone in a
members naval career.
Each advancement brings
significant changes in duties and increased
responsibilities. With each advancement a person is one
step closer to his or her ultimate career goal. While it
cannot be assured that anyone person will be advanced,
it is guaranteed that all enlisted personnel of a particular
rating and similar qualifications have an equal
opportunity to compete for advancement.
Advancement is one of the most rewarding
accomplishments in a persons naval career and one that
has a great impact on morale. Many rewards of Navy
life are earned through the advancement system. Some
of these rewards are better pay, more challenging job
assignments, and greater respect.
The members are not the sole benefactors of
advancement. The Navy also profits by gaining more
competent and better trained members. Highly trained
personnel are needed to carry out the Navys mission.
Each time a person is advanced, that persons value to
the Navy increases. The trained person becomes more
valuable as a specialist in his or her rating and as a person
who can train others.
COMMAND AND INDIVIDUALS
Both the candidate for advancement and the
command have certain advancement responsibilities.
For example, each member must make sure his or her
advancement requirements are completed accurately
and on time.
All members are responsible for
periodically checking their service record to make sure
all their completed requirements have been entered.
Candidates for advancement must study and/or become
familiar with all the appropriate publications that are
contained in their ratings most recent Bibliography for
Advancement Handbook in addition to studying their
training manual (TRAMAN).
Just as important as studying is in preparation for
the advancement examination; receiving excellent
performance evaluations must be clearly emphasized.
All individuals are responsible for receiving good
performance evaluations. Although you do not write
your own performance evaluation, you can do much to
improve your chances of receiving good evaluation
marks and comments.
You, as a PN, and all other individuals reading this
TRAMAN must remember that just doing your job is no
longer sufficient. You must do more. You must get
involved in all facets of the command and conduct
yourselves in a proper manner. It is never too early to
start assuming additional responsibility. You must take
the lead, be professional, and always be committed to
Now, turn your attention to your
commands responsibilities as far as your advancement
The commands personnel office must make sure
the requirements previously discussed have been
completed by members and are accurately and promptly
recorded in the members service records.