Navy Advancement Career Guide & Bupers News main goal is to assist you in preparing for the Navy-wide advancement exam. The other goals are to provide you tips, links to advancement material and NPC / Bupers news related to enlisted sailors. Other areas of this study guide include development, education and warfare material.
Preparing for Advancement Studies
Preparing for the advancement exam is the same as preparing for any other exam with one difference - you are your own teacher. You must set up your own study time and more important, you must gather your advancement study material on your own. If you have ever looked at your bibs you will know how difficult this can be. Hopefully, Navy Advancement Study Guide & Bupers News will help you in this area.
To prepare for your exam you should first download your bibs. Bibs, short for bibliography, are what you reference to study for the exam. Online links to the bibs, and other important material, are located in the left column of this page.
Next you will want to gather all your Navy advancement material and enroll in your NAVEDTRA courses at NETPDTC. When you enroll in the course a printed copy will be sent to you. You can also download these courses but its better to enroll and get the Navy credit. Links to the Navy advancement courses are located in the left column.
There are several sources you can use when gathering your advancement material that your bib references. Please remember though that classified material and other military pubs or manuals may not be available for download. Some of this material may be available right at your place of work or parent command if you are TAD.
NavyAdvancement.com has available for you the bib reference page, PMK (Professional Military Knowledge) page and rate specific page. Also available are links to NKO (Navy Knowledge Online), Navy Personal Command (NPC) and other external links that will assist you in studying for the exam.
Understand the Enlisted Navy Exam
As an enlisted sailor, knowing what to study is important! The enlisted exam has 200 questions; some are based on Navy Occupational Standards (Occ) and others on Professional Military Knowledge (PMK). The Occupational/ PMK question ratios are:
Exam Occ / PMK
E-7 - 100 / 100
E-6 - 115 / 85
E-5 - 135 / 65
E-4 - 150 / 50
The occupational (your enlisted rate) questions will be first, with the PMK questions following. The occupational standard questions will be the same for all rates within pay grades. So that means that each pay grade, regardless of rate, will have the same military questions. Now that's some good gouge for study groups! The bibs will continue to be exam specific.
If you understand what the exam consist of you have passed the second hardest hurdle in taking the test. The hardest hurdle of course is to actually study; if you have studied the correct material using all available resources, taking the exam will perhaps be the easiest part of the whole process!
The enlisted Navy Advancement Center provides this very subtle note, which states: "The exams differentiate among fully qualified candidates on the basis of who has the most knowledge." To differentiate yourself you should seek these other sources of knowledge during your studies.