September 2017 E4-E6 Advancement Cycle Announced

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Story Number: NNS170328-22Release Date: 3/28/2017 2:57:00 PM

By Ed Barker, Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center Public Affairs

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The September 2017 Navy-wide enlisted examinations (Cycle 236) testing dates for active duty, full time support and canvasser recruiter Sailors who are advancement eligible to the paygrades of E4-E6 have been announced in Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) 070/17, released March 24.

Each Navy examination consists of 25 professional military knowledge and 150 job-specific rating technical questions. The Navy-wide examination dates are Sept. 7 (E-6), Sept. 14 (E-5) and Sept. 21 (E-4).

Examination results will be released to command triads in November, before being posted on the Navy Enlisted Advancement System (NEAS) website.

"Bibliographies for the September exams will be posted on April 3 and available for download on the Navy Knowledge Online (NKO), My Navy Portal, and Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) websites," said Master Chief Electronics Technician, Nuclear Power James Berhalter, command master chief of the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC).

During Advancement Examination Readiness Reviews held at NETPDC, visiting E7-E9 fleet subject matter experts in each enlisted rating ensure all examination questions can be linked to references and publications. As rating SMEs select questions for the examination, an examination bibliography is developed for that specific cycle's exam, based on the source references for the questions on the exam. The Navy Advancement Center (NAC) updates bibliography information as fleet instructions and manuals change, and it is recommended that candidates check their bibliography a few times prior to the exam administration date.

"The bibliographies should be a critical part of each Sailor's exam preparation program," added Berhalter. "When the Cycle 236 exams were created, each test question was tied to a specific reference, and the bibliography is a compilation of the references used to create that specific exam. With that in mind, I would recommend Sailors use only the official Navy bibliography sources for studying their references."

To download the bibliographies and an exam-specific topic list for the upcoming cycle, go to the Navy Advancement Center's Web portal:, the Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) website:, under the credentials tab, or My Navy Portal:

Specific information on exam eligibility is detailed in NAVADMIN 070/17 and on the NEAS website. The NEAS website also enables Education Services Officers (ESO) to verify and correct the list of eligible candidates for their command, delete and forward examinations when necessary, and confirm examination ordering information. The NEAS Web address is

E4-E6 exam results will be provided via Bureau of Naval Personnel Online to authorized command representatives prior to release of profile sheets.

Individual Sailors may view/download their profile sheets at

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