E-6Sixth Enlisted Rank (US DoD)
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Sailors competing for advancement to pay grades E-4 to E-6 will be awarded two points for an accredited associate degree, and four points for an accredited baccalaureate degree or above.
To allow sufficient time for the VEC to process all documents, transcripts for Sailors competing for advancement for E-4 to E-6 must be received by no later than the first of the month in which their advancement exam occurs.
E-6 is the low-cost feeder but has also integrated advanced technology into the operation.
"Sailors taking the exam up to E-6 are recommended to take the exam before they are deployed to these areas," said Jim Hawthorne, head of exam administration division at Naval Education and Training, Professional Development and Technology Center, Pensacola, Fla.
The NAVADMIN also provides detailed instructions for E-4 to E-6 candidates in theater who are unable to participate in an advancement exam.
Future projects include Advanced Hawkeye, E-6 upgrades, Marine Corps KC-130J tactical support and the multimission maritime aircraft.
Advancement opportunity to E-4, E-5 and E-6 is expected to increase with the change.
By lowering HYT limits for E-4 and E-6 Sailors, it's expected that 800 E-6s will retire and 200 E-4s will separate or change rates for better advancement opportunity.
Last fall, the Chief of Naval Personnel approved a change to the enlisted advancement system that authorizes commanding officers to waive up to one year of the required time-in-rate (TIR) for Sailors in pay grades E-5 and E-6 to compete for advancement.