While it cannot guarantee that any one person will be advanced, the advancement system does guarantee that all persons within a particular rate will compete equally for the vacancies that exist.
To prepare for advancement, you should (1) be aware of the requirements of your occupational standards, (2) work on the Personnel Advancement Requirements (PAR), and (3) study the required rate training manuals and other material required for advancement in your rating. The following sections describe the publications with which you should be familiar and give practical suggestions on how to use them in your preparation for advancement.
Manual of Navy Enlisted Manpower and Personnel Classifications and Occupational Standards
The Manual of Navy Enlisted Manpower and Personnel Classifications and Occupational Standards, NAVPERS 18068 series, contains the occupational and naval standards for advancement to each pay grade. It consists of two sections. Section I describes the naval standards and occupational standards. Section II contains the Navy enlisted classification (NEC) codes.
Naval standards are expressed as the minimum skills and knowledge that apply to all ratings rather than to any one rating. Naval standards for third and second class petty officers deal with military conduct, naval organization, watchstanding, leadership, damage control, and other subjects that are required of petty officers in all ratings.
Occupational standards define tasks required of personnel within a particular rate and rating and are divided into subjectmatter groups.
If you are working for advancement, you should remember that you are responsible for the occupational standards applicable to the rate for which you are taking the examination and for the standards of the lower pay grade(s) in the rating.
One of the requirements used to determine eligibility for advancement is the completion of the Personnel Advancement Requirements (PAR), NAVPERS 1414/4. The purpose of the PAR is (1) to individualize advancement requirements for each rating and for rates within the rating, and (2) to provide a consolidated checklist of performance requirements that you can use in preparing for advancement. The PAR is not only used in determining your readiness for advancement, but it is also used as a basis for recommending you for advancement. It can provide a record of progress toward, and a history of, your advancement.
The PAR sheet for your rating is designed as a checklist of the various minimum requirements for advancement. As you demonstrate your ability to perform each requirement, appropriate entries are made in the DATE and INITIALS columns. The requirements are presented in three sections:
Until completed, the NAVPERS 1414/4 is usually held by your division officer; after completion, it is forwarded to the personnel office for insertion into your service record. If you are transferred before qualifying in all requirements, the incomplete form should be forwarded with your service record to your next duty station. You can save yourself a lot of trouble by making sure that this form is actually inserted in your service record before you are transferred. If the form is not in your service record, you may be required to start all over again and requalify in the requirements that have already been checked off.
The Bibliography for Advancement Study, NAVEDTRA 10052, is a very important publication for any enlisted person preparing for advancement. This bibliography lists the required and recommended rate training manuals and other reference material to by used by personnel working for advancement.
NAVEDTRA 10052 is revised and issued once each year by the Chief of Naval Education and Training. Each revised edition is identified by a letter following the NAVEDTRA number. When by SURE that you have using this publication, the most recent edition.
The required and recommended references are listed by pay grade in NAVEDTRA 10052. If you are working for advancement to third class, study the material that is listed for third class. If you 1-5