Story Number: NNS140307-06Release Date: 3/7/2014 9:07:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Aiyana Paschal, USS Nimitz Public Affairs
EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- An unusual silence fell across the deckplates of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as regularly scheduled 1MC announcements were suspended while approximately 145 Sailors took the Navy-wide E-6 advancement exam on the ship's mess decks March 6.
"This is my first time taking the E-6 exam," said Machinist's Mate 2nd Class John R. Waggle from Indianapolis. "I think I passed. I'm previously submarine qualified so I had a lot of knowledge about submarines and the rate."
The sheer volume of material covered in the exam means proper study technique is a must. Most Sailors found paying attention in your workspace is a good way to learn about your rate.
"I prepared by showing up every day and working and doing my job," said Waggle. "Studying is doing your job. Constantly being immersed and knowing and wanting to know more about your rate will help you become more knowledgeable."
Some Sailors took a more conventional route when preparing. Finding time to prepare and taking advantage of provided bibliographies, bibs, is never a bad idea when trying to advance.
"I studied every manual in the bibs," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Terence L Emanuel from Orlando, Fla. "I want to advance and the Navy provides the bibs for a reason, so why not utilize them? It's not really hard to balance studying and work. I just chose studying over hanging out."
For many Sailors, becoming a first class petty officer is an important part of their naval career. It means more pay, but also more responsibility.
"It's important to me to make first class because I'm a leader to the juniors below me," said Emanuel. "They gave me a lot of encouragement before taking the test. I'm here to help them as well as myself and help the Navy accomplish its mission."
The Navy-wide first class petty officer exam is administered twice a year. Results generally come out a couple of months later.
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