Aboard the carrier Harry S. Truman, 199 sailors made petty officer third class during the spring cycle, 107 made second class and 32 moved up to first class. (MC3 Ricardo J. Reyes / Navy)
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The results are in from the spring advancement cycle, and there are 21,739 quotas for active-duty sailors to move up into the ranks of E-4, E-5 and E-6, while there are another 777 spots for sailors in the full-time support community to add a chevron.
Those looking for trends in this cycle will be disappointed: Navy officials say they have delivered on the steady advancements they promised last year.
Even as the Navy finishes its drawdown, the overall opportunity to move up remained stable at 24.69 percent, increasing by 0.07 percentage point over last fall's 24.62 percent. In raw numbers, there were 23 fewer active quotas compared to last fall, while in the full-time support community, quotas grew by 103.
"Overall opportunity has been successfully maintained at a steady level and remains at the eight-year average as the force structure begins to level out," said Lt. Cmdr Kim Pizanti, who heads enlisted force-shaping and advancements for the chief of naval personnel in Arlington, Va. "Preventing large fluctuations from cycle to cycle helped provide stable opportunity and should continue."
Some 22,954 active-duty and FTS sailors ultimately were advanced because of tied final multiples.
The only downside to the cycle — a minor one, at that — was at E-6, where opportunity dipped less than 1 percentage point, from an average of 13.06 percent to 12.14 percent. There were 29,234 test passers up for 3,549 quotas.
Still, seven ratings advanced all test passers this cycle, the same ratings from last fall.
Making up that group are Arabic, Persian/Farsi, Chinese and Korean speaking cryptologic technicians (interpretive), special warfare operators (SEALs), career recruiters and fleet Navy counselors.
The largest increase in opportunity to make first class came for steelworkers, where last cycle's below-average 6.78 percent advancement was replaced by an above-average 31.67 percent.
Bringing up the rear are gas turbine systems technician (mechanical). Last cycle's below-average 6.78 percent shot at moving up dropped to just 2.24 percent.
Also on a down cycle are postal clerks and aviation support equipment technicians, both of which had a less than 4 percent shot at advancing.
The chance to make second class rose by less than a percentage point from 23.11 percent last fall to 23.28 percent on this cycle. Here, 35,410 test passers competed for 8,242 quotas.
Thirteen ratings will advance all test passers to this paygrade, which is no change from last fall.
But falling from those ranks this spring is Spanish-speaking cryptologic technicians (interpretive), which will advance 57.89 percent of test passers, while machinery repairmen took their place, moving up from an 87.5 percent shot last cycle to advancing all test passers.
Also doing well are gunner's mates, which advanced 92.88 percent this cycle after a 63.51 percent shot in the fall.
At the bottom are surface conventional machinist's mates, where last cycle's 13.57 percent was cut to just a 2.87 percent chance at moving up.
Personnel specialists continue to have one of the poorest shots at advancing, but the rating did see improvement this cycle, up from 2.27 percent last fall to 5.19 percent.
The percentage of those entering the petty officer ranks on this cycle also rose, by 1.5 percentage points, from 41.04 percent to 42.54 percent. Competing for those 9,948 third-class quotas were 23,386 test passers.
Thirty-nine ratings advanced all test passers this cycle, up from 35 last fall. Engineman made the biggest climb from 77.66 percent advancement to 100 percent.
Additional hot ratings are gas turbine system mechanical; operations specialist; equipment operator; construction electrician; master-at-arms — all of which advanced over 90 percent.
On the downside, boatswain's mate has the anchor position with just a 10.71 percent shot at making petty officer, down from 19.45 percent last fall.
Though ship's serviceman and personnel specialist also remain at the bottom of the list, they both made improvements this cycle, with PS climbing from 2.16 percent to 13.29 percent. SH rose to 12.78 percent, up from 7.75 percent.
At E-5, there was an increase of 38 quotas over last cycle, with 938 sailors competing for 273 quotas — a 29.10 percent chance to move up. That's up from 27.07 last cycle.
Opportunity for FTS rose across the board, with the largest increase coming for sailors going for third class. A total of 485 E-3s passed their exams this cycle, and there were quotas for 308 of them to sew on a crow. That's an increase of 37 quotas from last cycle, boosting overall opportunity by 10.25 percentage points to 63.51 percent.
At E-6, there was an increase in both quotas and opportunity, as 1,649 sailors competed for 197 quotas, creating an 11.95 percent chance to advance. That's up from just 162 quotas and a 9.07 percent shot at moving up last fall.
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