NAVY ENLISTED ADVANCEMENT SYSTEM (NEAS)
The Navy Enlisted Advancement System (NEAS)
is the most formal advancement system of the armed
services. It is unlike any of the other services. The
majority of Navy advancement opportunities depend
on each members final multiple score in a Navywide
competitive advancement cycle. The final multiple
score measures whether the person as a whole is the
best qualified person for advancement. The score is
based on a combination of the persons performance,
experience, and knowledge.
A Sailor cannot be advanced to paygrades E-4,
E-5, E-6, or E-7 without taking an advancement
examination, except those in special programs.
Candidates for chief petty officer (E-7) take the exam
to become SELECTION BOARD ELIGIBLE (SBE).
E-7 candidates are designated SBE if their final
multiple score (FMS) is in the top 60 percent for their
Personnel in paygrades E-1, E-2, E-7, E-8, and E-9
do not take Navywide examinations for advancement.
The Naval Military Personnel Manual
(MILPERSMAN) gives commanding officers the
authority to advance qualified enlisted personnel to
E-2 and E-3 without numerical limitations. No exam is
required for advancement to E-2 or E-3. E-8 and E-9
candidates are designated SBE on the basis of their
commanding officers recommendation.
The Naval Education and Training Professional
Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC),
Pensacola, Florida, develops, publishes, and distributes
Navywide advancement-in-rate examinations. Chief
petty officers from each Navy rating at NETPDTC,
develop challenging examinations that afford enlisted
personnel, Navywide, equal opportunities to compete
for advancement with all others in their respective
ratings and rates. For example, a Boatswains Mate
second class (BM2) serving in the Far East and a BM2
serving in the Mediterranean will take an identical
Boatswains Mate first class (BM1) advancement
examination on the same day.
Before personnel can take part in a Navywide
competitive examination, appear before any selection
board, or be advanced, the commanding officer must
recommend them for advancement. The educational
services officer (ESO) should ensure personnel are
fully qualified for advancement. ENSURING THAT
THE BEST QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS ARE
RECOMMENDED AND PROMOTED is the goal of
every commanding officer.
In this chapter we will discuss the following
information covered under the NEAS:
Definitions used in the Navy Enlisted
Advancement System (NEAS).
Advancement qualification requirements.
Special advancement requirements.
Factors that determine the final multiple score
Advancement requirements for regular
Advancement for early candidates.
Change in rate or rating.
Selection board advancement.
Command Advancement Program.
Accelerated Advancement Program.
Advanced Electronics Field, Advanced
Technical Field, and Nuclear Field Programs.
Selective Conversion and Reenlistment
Selective Training and Reenlistment (STAR)
COMPONENTS OF THE NAVY
ENLISTED ADVANCEMENT SYSTEM
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this chapter,
you should be able to identify the Navy Enlisted
Advancement System (NEAS); identify advancement as
a milestone in a naval career; determine the objectives
of the NEAS; identify the qualifications necessary for
advancement; identify the different methods and
programs of advancement; identify the responsibilities