Navy Enlisted Promotion Chart

Time in Rate and Paygrade Information

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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.

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 Petty Officer." An E-5 with the rating (job) of Mess Specialist (MS), would have the rate of MS2, or "Mess Specialist Second Class Petty Officer."

There is a difference between the services and how they acknowledge each other on a day to day basis. Also within the Navy, the ranks of the enlisted personnel have the following requirements and timeline to be eligible for promotion to the next higher rank.  The below chart shows the minimum requirements for Navy enlisted promotions in the paygrades of E-2 through E-4.

RequirementsE-1 / E-2E-2 to E-3E-3 to E-4
Time-in-Grade9 months9 months as E-26 months as E-3
SchoolBoot CampNoneA-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 EvaluationUsed 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 RequirementsThere 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. 
ExaminationsLocally Prepared TestingNETPDTC ExamsNavy-Wide Advancement Exams are required for all Petty Officer Paygrades  
Non-Resident Career Course and RTMNoneRequired 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 OfficerAll 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.

RequirementsE-4 to E-5E-5 to E-6E-6 to E-7E-7 to E-8E-8 to E-9
Time-in-Grade12 months as E-436 months as E-536 months as E-636 months as E-736 months as E-8
SchoolNJS for rating LN2NoneNavy School for ratings AGC, MUC, and RPCNoneNone
BUPERS Approval to Participate

None

PARS

PARS Required

None

Performance TestSelected 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 CourseCPO Leadership Training Course

None

Enlisted Performance EvaluationCounts 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 RequirementsThere 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.
ExaminationsNavy-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 RTMRequired 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 OfficerAll Navy Advancements Require the Commanding Officer's recommendation for advancement on current evaluation.

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