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As we mention in our Navy Enlisted Promotion Article, the Army, Air Force, and Marines have "rank," to denote personnel in various paygrades. For example, a Senior Airman in the Air Force has the "rank" of Senior Airman, and is in the paygrade of E-4. You address him/her as "Senior Airman," regardless to what his/her job actually is.

In the Army, a Private First Class is the "rank" of a soldier in the paygrade of E-3. You address him/her as "Private First Class," regardless if his/her job is a plumber or an Air Traffic Control Specialist.

The Navy doesn't have "rank." They have "rates," which is a combination of the person's rating (job) and their paygrade. For example, the "rate" of an E-6 in the Navy (i.e., what you call him/her) depends on person's job. A person with the rating (job) of Sonar Technician (SG) in the Navy, in the paygrade of E-6 would be an "SG1," or "Sonar Technician First Class." An E-5 with the rating (job) of Mess Specialist (MS), would have the rate of MS2, or "Mess Specialist Second Class."

The below chart shows the minimum requirements for Navy enlisted promotions in the paygrades of E-2 through E-4.

Requirements E-1 to E-2 E-2 to E-3 E-3 to E-4
Time-in-Grade 9 months 9 months as E-2 6 months as E-3
School Boot Camp None A-School (for ratings with A-schools)
BUPERS Approval to Participate
None
Required for Controlled Ratings
PARS
None
PARS Required
Performance Test
None
Selected ratings must complete applicable performance test before taking the Navy Service-Wide Advancement Exams. 
Leadership Training
None
Petty Officer Indoctrination Course
Enlisted Performance Evaluation Used by Commanding Officer when giving promotion approval.  Counts as performance factor in Advancement Final Multiple for all E-4 through E-7 candidates.
Obligated Service Requirements There is no single set of obligated amount of service required to take Navy-wide advancement exams or to accept advancement to paygrade E-2 to E-6. 
Examinations Locally Prepared Testing NETPDTC Exams Navy-Wide Advancement Exams are required for all Petty Officer Paygrades  
Non-Resident Career Course and RTM None Required for all E-3 and Petty Officer advancements unless waived due to completion of Navy School. Courses need only be completed once.
Recommended by Commanding Officer All Navy Advancements Require the Commanding Officer's recommendation for advancement on current evaluation.

The below chart shows the minimum requirements for Navy enlisted promotions in the paygrades of E-5 through E-9.

Requirements E-4 to E-5 E-5 to E-6 E-6 to E-7 E-7 to E-8 E-8 to E-9
Time-in-Grade 12 months as E-4 36 months as E-5 36 months as E-6 36 months as E-7 36 months as E-8
School NJS for rating LN2 None Navy School for ratings AGC, MUC, and RPC None None
BUPERS Approval to Participate
None
PARS
PARS Required
None
Performance Test Selected ratings must complete applicable performance test before taking the Navy Service-Wide Advancement Exams. 
None
Leadership Training
P02 Leadership Training Course Continuum
P01 Leadership Training Course
Continuum
CPO Indoctrination Course CPO Leadership Training Course
None
Enlisted Performance Evaluation Counts as performance factor in Advancement Final Multiple for all E-4 through E-7 candidates. Considered by Promotion Board when making promotion decisions.
Obligated Service Requirements There is no single set of obligated amount of service required to take Navy-wide advancement exams or to accept advancement to paygrade E-2 to E-6.  Must remain on active duty a minimum of two years to retire at the higher paygrade.
Examinations Navy-Wide Advancement Exams are required for all Petty Officer Paygrades   Promotion to E-7 requires Navy-Wide Advancement Exam and selection by the Navy-Wide CPO Selection Board. Promotion to E-8 and E-9 is accomplish by Navy-Wide Promotion Selection Board, only. 
Non-Resident Career Course and RTM Required for all E-3 and Petty Officer advancements unless waived due to completion of Navy School. Courses need only be completed once. Non-Resident Career Courses and recommended readings (See NAVEDTRA 10052).
Recommended by Commanding Officer All Navy Advancements Require the Commanding Officer's recommendation for advancement on current evaluation.

 

 

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