The testing process is tons of fun.
Whenther you get advanced (promoted) or not all comes down to a formula. The formula consists of:
- Your score on the servicewide exam. You compete against all other eligible people in your rating and paygrade. So for me, I only compete against other SK1's.
- Your time in service
- Your time in present paygrade
- Your award points
- Your sea time (or surfman time for qualified surfmen)
- Your marks (job evaluations)
All of that is calculated into a final multiple. Everyone is placed in order based on that final number. If you are number 12 on the list, and they decide to advance 35, congratulations. If you are number 36, better luck next time (every 6 months when testing for E-5 and E-6, annually for E-7 and above).
We just took our E-7 exam yesterday. Now comes the waiting game. We will get our scores in a few weeks. A couple of months after that, they will put out the list of where we ended up with the formula. A couple of months after that, they will let us know how many promotions are to be made. The promotions for the May test start in January and run through December. So it's possible that you could have gotten yourself promoted off this test, but you might not reap the rewards until next December. Frustrating, but more frustrating for the people that don't make the cut.
"I'm not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues." - Franklin D. Roosevelt