considered for advancement. If they exceed those
dates, candidates will be considered voluntary (not
HYT mandated) and ineligible to compete for
advancement. For detailed information, refer to
CHANGE IN RATE OR RATING
A change in rating is a lateral change in an
occupational skill without a change in paygrade. An
example is a change from Boatswains Mate second
class to Religious Program Specialist second class.
The Navy makes a change in rating possible for
people who wish to get into an area in which they have
the greatest aptitude and interest. Naturally, the
Navys requirements will take precedence over a
persons wishes if the two interests conflict.
Requests shall be for a rating that is undermanned,
Career Reenlistment Objectives (CREO) Category 1,
as defined in the most current CREO NAVADMIN
message. Requests from members serving in a rating
that is undermanned, or who possess specialty skills or
Navy Enlisted Classifications (NECs) that are in short
supply, will only be considered when exceptionally
unique circumstances exist.
Commanding officers have the authority to
laterally change apprenticeships in paygrades E-1,
E-2, and E-3 within the Seaman, Fireman, and Airman
apprenticeships. For example, they could allow a
person to change from Seaman to Airman or Fireman
to Seaman. The commanding officer may authorize
such changes only under the following conditions:
The member requests a change.
A greater need exists in the requested
A valid billet exists within the command.
The member is fully qualified for the new
EXAMPLE OF FMS RANK-ORDERED CANDIDATES
EARLY CANDIDATE ELIGIBILITY
(Minimum required 195.16)
REGULAR CANDIDATE SCORE ZONE
(Minimum required 168.88)
Examples of FMS rank-ordered candidates