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Fleet Rating Experts' Knowledge is Key to Building Advancement Exams

11 December 2018

From Ed Barker

Navy chiefs (E-7 to E-9) interested in shaping the future of their ratings are needed to serve as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for upcoming Fiscal Year 2019 Advancement Examination Readiness Reviews (AERRs).

Navy chiefs (E-7 to E-9) interested in shaping the future of their ratings are needed to serve as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for upcoming Fiscal Year 2019 Advancement Examination Readiness Reviews (AERRs).

Released Dec. 10, Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) 298/18 announced the AERR schedule for January through March 2019.  Based on this schedule, AERR panel members work as Fleet SMEs for their respective ratings to develop E-4 to E-7 advancement exams for future cycles.  Navy chiefs (E-7 to E-9) on active duty, Full Time Support (FTS), and reservists on Active Duty for Special Work (ADSW) are encouraged to take part in the process by reaching out to their respective Type Commander (TYCOMs) for application information.  Each TYCOM has their own application procedure.

"Using fleet experts for the exam enables the exams to remain relevant and identifies Sailors, with the right skills to select for advancement," said Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC) Command Master Chief Gregory Prichard.  “Not only is their knowledge indispensable, but AERRs give chiefs a tangible, direct input toward shaping their community - participants have a say in what their reliefs need to know.  AERR participation is also a significant personal experience and resume builder that has the potential to benefit every chief throughout the Navy."

AERRs vary in length between one-to-two weeks and are held throughout the year, with most ratings being reviewed on an annual basis.  The reviews are held at NETPDC at Saufley Field in Pensacola, Fla.  AERR Participants receive temporary duty (TDY) orders from their parent command, paid for by NETPDC.  Travel is processed through parent command travel section and the Defense Travel System. 

Chief Naval Aircrewman (Tactical Helicopter) Vito Grieco III, with Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven Zero, recently participated in his first Naval Aircrewman AERR.

“To be able to give back to the fleet by helping my rating and setting up the future of the Navy was well worth the time spent dedicated to the AERR,” said Grieco.  “My rating has a lot of references; one of the things we did in the conference was to streamline the bibliographies and subtopics, making it easier for the Sailors to study.  This was such a great experience; I’m looking forward to participating in another AERR.” 

 To view the annual AERR schedule, locate a specific rating recruitment and selection point of contact or view AERR eligibility requirements, log into My Navy Portal and search under Professional  Resources/Navy Advancement Center/AERR.  TYCOM POCs are listed, and once selected, chiefs will receive an introductory e-mail from the Navy Advancement Center.  It is suggested that SME selectees make early contact, asking any questions they have concerning the AERR process.  NAVADMIN 298/18 also provides additional information and a listing of upcoming rating conferences scheduled for the next six months.

Normally, four-to-eight nominees will be selected for each AERR conference. TYCOM selections of Fleet SME nominations for the AERRs will be made 45 days prior to each review.  SMEs should contact their command’s travel personnel as soon as they are selected, to get an early start on the process.  SMEs attending classified AERRs should make sure their SIPR Token, if they have one, is active and they have recent access (within the last 30 days) to important reference sites.

NETPDC’s mission is to provide 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 (VOLED) Department, the Navy Advancement Center (NAC), and the Resources Management Department.

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