Navy E-4 Bibliography

March 2018 E4-E6 Advancement Cycle announced
by Ed Barker, Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center Public Affairs

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The March 2018 Navy-wide enlisted examinations (Cycle 239) testing dates for active duty, full time support and canvasser recruiter Sailors who are advancement eligible to the paygrades of E4-E6 have been announced in Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) 252/17, released Oct. 18.
Each Navy examination consists of 25 professional military knowledge and 150 job-specific rating technical questions. The Navy-wide examination dates are March 1 (E6), March 8 (E5) and March 15 (E4). Examination results are anticipated to be released to command triads in late May, prior to posting on the Navy Enlisted Advancement System (NEAS) website.
During Advancement Examination Readiness Reviews held at Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC), visiting E7-E9 fleet subject matter experts (SMEs) in each enlisted rating ensure all examination questions can be linked to current references and publications. As rating SMEs select questions for the examination, an examination bibliography is developed for that specific cycle's exam, based on the source references for the questions on the exam. The Navy Advancement Center updates bibliography information as fleet instructions and manuals change and it is recommended that candidates check their bibliography a few times prior to the exam administration date.
"The bibliographies should be a critical part of each Sailor's exam preparation process," said Master Chief Electronics Technician, Nuclear Power (SS) James Berhalter, command master chief of NETPDC. "Keeping in mind that each exam is unique, I would recommend Sailors use only the official Navy bibliography sources for exam preparation."
To download the bibliographies and an exam-specific topic list for the upcoming cycle, go to the Navy Advancement Center's My Navy Portal bibliography page,, or the Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) website,, under the credentials tab.
Specific information on exam eligibility and requirements is detailed in NAVADMIN 252/17 and BUPERSINST 1430.16F. To support exam administration, the NEAS website also enables education services officers to verify and correct the list of eligible candidates for their command, delete and forward examinations when necessary and confirm examination ordering information. The NEAS web address is
Prior to release of profile sheets, Triad notification of E4-E6 exam results will be provided via Bureau of Naval Personnel Online to authorized command representatives. Individual Sailors will be able to view/download their profile sheets at
For more information about the Navy Advancement Center and NEAS, visit
Additional information on the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center can be found via

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To access BIBs on COOL:

Advancement Bibliographies (BIBs) are lists of occupational and professional military knowledge references developed to help guide Sailors in their studies for advancement exams. You can access BIBs on COOL in the following ways:

On any page, click "Find" on the side of the page, go to the Enlisted Search tab (open by default), then click on the Advancement Exam Bibliographies button. You can then search on and select a specific Advancement Exam Bibliography document. To view the selected Bibliography document, click Go.

The last section on every Rating Summary page is the Advancement Exam Bibliography section.

An easy way to get to the Advancement Exam Bibliography section on a Rating Summary page is to use the page navigation bar. The bar "sticks" to the top of the window as you scroll, so is always in view.

To learn more about the BIBs, see the Bibliography FAQs PDF.

BIBs are normally posted six months before exam administration dates. The Navy Advancement Center must change bibliography information as references are updated and Fleet instructions change. If you are an advancement candidate, it is critical that you check the bibliography a few times prior to the exam administration date to see if there are any changes. Navy COOL maintains the most current BIB version.

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