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Career Waypoints

by Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center
17 April 2018 Sailors that were previously ineligible for advancement exams due to a Career Waypoint (CWAY) status of Denied Final Active (DFA) have been reinstated by a policy change from the Chief of Naval Personnel April 4. Announced in Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) 086/18, the policy change enables commands to order substitute Navy-Wide Advancement Exams (NWAE) for their Sailors in a CWAY-DFA status. Late exam orders for these Sailors under Exam Cycle 239 (March 2018) can only be ordered until April 20. The deadline for all other substitute exam orders is April 6.

"Educational Services Officers (ESO) should contact the Navy Education
and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC) for substitute exams for those Sailors whose regular exams were not ordered due to being identified as DFA in CWAY," said Tom Updike, Enlisted Exam Execution division head for the Navy Advancement Center. "Exams should be ordered via message or via e-mail in message format in accordance with the Advancement Manual."

Topics and bibliography references for the substitute exams are available on the Advancement and Promotion webpage located on the My Navy Portal website. Bibliographies are also available via the Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online website and Navy COOL Application.

Additional details including references for ESOs can be found in the NAVADMIN. Questions should be addressed to the Navy Personnel Command Customer Service Center: 866-U-ASK-NPC or email: uasknpc(at) The Navy Advancement Center exam ordering and discrepancies branch can be reached via: 850-473-6148.

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