With the first enlisted advancement cycle complete following the rollout of the automated Enlisted Advancement Worksheet (EAW), the EAW working group began to address Fall 2019 advancement cycle lessons learned based on input from Sailors and Educational Services Officers to enhance the Navy’s processes.
One of the biggest feedback items was EAW’s requirement for the Professional Military Knowledge-Eligibility Exam (PMK-EE) certificate to be uploaded in the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System. This led to one of the changes for the fiscal year 2020 advancement cycle for active-duty E-7 in January, Reserve E-4 through E-7 in February, and active-duty E4 through E6 in March.
“System latency was extending processing requirements,” said Thomas Updike, Navy Advancement Center deputy director. “Now, as long as the PMK-EE is successfully completed with an 80 or higher in the app or online, there is no need to upload the certificate.”
The PMK-EE, which Sailors can now take on Navy eLearning or the mobile app, is required once per paygrade.
“The app allows you to complete the PMK-EE requirement anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection,” said Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC) Command Master Chief Gregory Prichard. “Once you complete the exam on the app, you will be directed to enter your Department of Defense identification number to create an email that will update your training jacket.”
Another change Sailors will see is less EAW system-generated emails.
“Due to fleet feedback, a system change was implemented to reduce the periodicity to weekly,” said Updike.
The working group will continue to address issues and feedback from the fleet as advancement cycles continue.
“We want the fleet to know that the automated EAW is an evolution toward electronic exams,” said Capt. Brett St. George, NETPDC commanding officer. “We hear their feedback and we are adopting changes to make it better.”
The automated EAW, which replaces the paper worksheet, is one of the many endeavors delivering on the MyNavy HR Sailor 2025 Pay and Personnel System Modernization effort.
The automated EAW improves the integrity of data used to compute the Final Multiple Score by leveraging data feeds from authoritative data systems for time-in-rate, performance mark average, awards and education.
Additional information pertaining to EAW can be found at http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/career/enlistedcareeradmin/Advancement/Pages/EAW.aspx.
As part of the MyNavy HR Force Development team, NETPDC provides products and services that enable and enhance education, training, career development and personnel advancement throughout the Navy. Primary elements of the command include the Voluntary Education Department, the Navy Advancement Center and the Resources Management Department.
Additional information about NETPDC can be found at http://www.netc.navy.mil/netc/netpdc/Default.htm.
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