Using the following values, table 5-2 explains the
FMS computation for a candidate competing for
advancement to E-6.
Examination standard score (SS) = 56
Performance mark average (PMA) = 3.65
Service in Paygrade (YR/MO) (SIPG) = 03/07
Awards = 8.0
Passed Not Advanced points (PNA) = 6
Q4. After a member has qualified for advancement
and passed the Navywide advancement exam,
the final multiple score (FMS) is computed. The
FMS is based on what three factors?
REQUIREMENTS FOR REGULAR
The Department of Defense (DoD) prescribes the
minimum total active federal military service
(TAFMS) a person must have to compete as a
REGULAR CANDIDATE for advancement.
Advancement Manual provides detailed information
The TAFMS requirements for
advancement to paygrades E-2 through E-9 are listed
in Table 5-3.
ADVANCEMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR
Some Sailors may not have the minimum TAFMS
required to be regular candidates but may qualify in all
other respects. If recommended by their commanding
officers, such Sailors may compete as EARLY
CANDIDATES. The design of the early advancement
process, available to all enlisted Navy personnel,
allows top performers to advance early in their careers.
DoD manning restrictions determine the number
of advancement quotas early candidates may fill. The
quotas are restricted to a maximum of 20 percent of the
total enlisted forces for E-4 and 10 percent for E-5
To become a selectee as an early candidate, a
person may need a higher FMS than regular candidates
competing for the same rate. That is because the early
candidate eligibility zone and regular candidate cut
score may be established at different FMS levels.
(See table 5-4.)
Q5. DoD manning restrictions determine the number
of advancement quotas early candidates may fill.
The quotas are restricted to a maximum of 20%
of the total enlisted
forces for E-4 and a
maximum 10% for what paygrades?
High-year tenure (HYT) is the maximum time
allowed between paygrades for professional growth
(advancement in rate) to occur. HYT for E-4 is 12
years; for E-5 is 20 years; for E-6 is 22 years; for E-7 is
24 years; for E-8 is 26 years; for E-9 is 30 years.
Enlisted members cannot remain on active duty
Table 5-2 explains the final multiple score computation for an E-6 candidate using a step-by-step process using the
values above for each factor.
HOW POINTS WERE DETERMINED
3.65 x 60 130
computation for E-6
3.58 x 2 + 19
3 Good Conducts 1 NAM
2 x PNA points on profile sheet from
previous E-6 exams
Out of a maximum possible 266
Table 5-2.Sample FMS Computation