Complete mandatory Leadership Training
Course (LTC) for LPO and CPO prerequisite
Be enlisted warfare qualified. (Refer to
applicable warfare instruction for mandatory
requirement as they apply to advancement
Have evaluation completed within computation
period for advancement cycle.
Have eligibility documented by service record
Pass the Navywide advancement-in-rate
Not be involved in circumstances that render
candidate ineligible for advancement.
Not be a selectee for LDO or CWO.
Not have pending request for voluntary (or
high-year tenure (HYT) mandated) transfer to
Fleet Reserve (E-7/8/9 candidates.)
Naval Reservists: Must maintain satisfactory
drill participation in the Naval Reserve.
After selection for advancement to PO3 or CPO,
must complete the Petty Officer Indoctrination
Course (POIC) or Chief Petty Officer
Indoctrination Course (CPOIC).
The Advancement Manual, BUPERSINST
1430.16, discusses in detail the requirements for
Many times non-designated strikers complete the
required courses for a rating without confirming if the
rating they desire to strike for is open or closed. Rating
Entry for General Apprentices (REGA), Career
Reenlistment Objectives (CREO), a periodic
NAVADMIN message, govern the different rating
ESOs should encourage non-designated
strikers to strike for OPEN ratings since these ratings
provide the best opportunities for advancement. ESOs
must be aware that manpower requirements for
junior-level rating entries fluctuate with the overall
needs of the Navy.
The CNO periodic NAVADMIN messages use two
major categories of rating control (open and closed) to
identify Navy manpower needs.
categories from the apprenticeship level to petty
officer third class (PO3) may be either open or closed.
An OPEN rating is open to non-designated personnel.
A CLOSED rating means no E-4 rating entry
opportunities or the rating is over-manned at the E-4
There are other categories such as
non-designated strikers requiring Navy Personnel
Command (COMNAVPERSCOM) approval for rate
entry or that the rating is being disestablished or
merged with another rating.
Periodic NAVADMIN messages list all
rating-entry categories. The ESO should be aware of
the rules that apply to personnel desiring to enter any
He or she may serve as a member of the
command striker selection board. The ESO should
know what special advancement requirements exist for
Those special requirements may
include completion of service schools, U.S.
citizenship, and a specific security clearance.
Service School Requirements
Some ratings require personnel to complete an A
school before they can take the examination for
paygrade E-4. The periodic Rating Entry for General
Apprentices (REGA) and Career Reenlistment
Objectives (CREO) NAVADMIN message contains a
list of those ratings. Some ratings require personnel to
complete more advanced schools and courses before
advancing beyond a certain paygrade.
Citizenship and Security Clearance
Some ratings require a person to be a U.S. citizen
and be eligible to receive a clearance for access to
classified information. The Advancement Manual and
Manual of Navy Enlisted Manpower and Personnel
Classifications and Occupational Standards list those
Generally, only U.S. citizens are assigned sensitive
duties or granted access to classified information.
About one-half of the Navys ratings require access to
For that reason, immigrant
aliens generally may not enter into ratings requiring
access to classified information unless they expect to
Q2. The ratings that require persons to be a U. S.
citizen can be found in what publication?
Q3. Approximately what percentage of the Navys
ratings requires access to classified