Enlisted Transfer Manual(Older Verision combined into MILPERS Manual)
Thanks to Jamie Lynn at for this helpful explanation of how advancements and frocking work.
You rock on, and thanks for explaining it!!
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E1 to E2 is 9 months, automatic promotion. E2 to E3 is 9 months, automatic promotion.
If a Sailor puts on E3 by Dec 16th, then s/he will be eligible for the E4 exam in March. If a Sailor puts on E3 by June 16th, then s/he will be eligible for the E4 exam in September.
After getting advanced to E4, it is a year wait for E5. If the Sailor get advanced off the March exam, then the Sailor is eligible for the E5 exam the following March. If you get advanced off the September exam, then the Sailor is eligible for the E5 exam the following September.
**Early Promotes on Evaluations do not affect advancement eligibility dates until you are up for E6**
**Please remember, just because a Sailor is eligible for advancement does not mean they will get advanced**
Once you are eligible for E6, it gets a little confusing. It is normally a 3 year wait between E5 and E6 however, if you receive an Early Promote eval, you only have to wait 2 years. But the dates can be a little confusing. When you get advanced off an exam, everyone gets the same advancement date (regardless of when you start getting paid). It is called your Time in Rate date (or TIR). If you get advanced off the March exam, your TIR is then June of the year your got advanced. If you get advanced off the Sept. exam, your TIR is then January of the following year after the exam.
Example: E5 makes E6 off September 2006 exam cycle. His TIR will be Jan. 2007.
Every exam cycle, a Navy message comes out stating what a member's TIR has to be in order to take the exam. For example, the message will state that all members eligible have to meet a TIR of January 2010 so all regular candidates will have to have a current TIR of January 2007 (getting advanced off the Sept 06 exam). If a Sailor receives an EP off a REGULAR eval, the difference in their TIR would only have to be 2 years rather than 3.
The same goes for when they are eligible for E7.
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When the advancement results come out, each command decides when they are going to frock their sailors. There is no set deadline as to when they have to do it by and every command does it at different times.
The new frocked sailors will not get paid immediately as they all will be put on probation. However, some frocked sailors will get paid sooner then others. The pay goes in incriments. The sailors test score, final multiple and other factors decide when they will get paid. The first incriment starts in either Jan for the fall cycle or July for the Spring cycle. And then it goes monthly with the last group (and usually the majority) getting paid in December for the fall cycle and June for the spring cycle. The Navy advancement system is set up so that all advancements are effective on the 16th of the month so you will essentially not see the money until the following months paycheck.
Frocking has nothing to do with pay. Once you get frocked, you are basically on probation until you get paid. You will not be given back pay for the months that you were frocked and not paid as that rank. The commands can frock newly advanced sailors and still have sailors who are not paid yet from last cycle.
Additionally when the frocked sailors get paid has nothing to do with the Navy's budget. Again, it has to do with the sailor's test score, final multiple and what not.