NSCC Promotion Requirements

Time in Service
Time in Grade
Ship's Leading Petty Officer
30 Mo(and 12.5 Years Old)
6 Mo
Assignments 1-6 BMR
Petty Officer 1st Class
24 Mo
6 Mo
Part 5 NLCC Syllabus
PO1 Exam
Petty Officer 2nd Class
18 Mo
6 Mo
Part 4 NLCC Syllabus
PO2 Exam
Petty Officer 3rd Class
12 Mo
4 Mo
Part 3 NLCC Syllabus
PO3 Exam
Able Cadet
8 Mo
4 Mo
Part 2 NLCC Syllabus
Able Cadet Exam
Apprentice Cadet
4 Mo
4 Mo
Part 1 NLCC Syllabus
Apprentice Cadet Exam
Recruit Cadet


a. Correspondence Courses. Refer to the NSCC/NLCC Correspondence Course Manual for guidance for the administration and grading of correspondence courses.

1)  Cadets must score 70% or higher to pass each assignment of the correspondence course. An aggregate score of 70% or higher is required to pass the course.

2)  Cadets should attempt to complete the Basic Military Requirements Course (NAVEDTRA 14325) prior to attendance at Recruit Training.

3)  Cadets assigned to NSCC Squadrons may complete the Airman Correspondence Course (NAVEDTRA 14014A) in lieu of the Seaman Correspondence Course (NAVEDTRA 14067) for advancement to Airman (E3).

b. Petty Officer Examinations. An advancement examination is required for PO3, PO2 and PO1, but not for advancement to CPO. The Petty Officer exams are derived from the current Petty Officer Correspondence Courses and are available from the NSCC/NLCC Online Testing System (NOTS).

1)  Scores. Passing scores for the Petty Officer Exams are:

a)  PO3 – 60%

b)  PO2 – 60%

c)  PO1 – 63%

2)  Test Administration

a)  Once the cadet has completed the applicable Petty Officer Correspondence Course and is ready to take the exam, the test administrator should proceed to NOTS, via the NSCC Homeport, to register the cadet for the exam.

b)  NSCC volunteers who administer Petty Officer examinations have the responsibility for the proper handling, controlling and safeguarding of exam material. Additionally, when administering the exam every effort must be made to maintain and protect the integrity of the exam. NSCC Exams shall be administered at the unit’s drill site wherever possible. NSCC Exams may never be administered at an NSCC Officer’s home, or by the parent/guardian of a Cadet.

c)  Assign only NSCC volunteers as exam proctors; Cadets are NOT allowed to proctor exams.

d)  Select an appropriate location to administer the exam. This location should afford the cadet adequate lighting and ventilation. If more than one cadet is taking an exam, the location should be large enough to maintain integrity of the exam (Cadets should not sit next to each other). The location should be away from the flow of traffic to minimize distractions.


e)  Inform cadets that food, snacks and beverages are not permitted in the exam room, unless a Request for Accommodation (NSCADM 001 Page 9/10) has been requested, and approved by the chain of command.

f)  Cadets may use scratch paper during exams, but no other materials, including cell phones or tablets, are allowed in the testing space.

g)  Inform cadet(s) of the 90 minute time limit given to complete the exam. Time from start to completion should be closely monitored, and the proctor should periodically announce the time remaining. Additional time may be granted where a Request for Accommodation (NSCADM 001 Page 9/10) has been requested, and approved by the chain of command. NOTS will automatically grade the exam at the expiration of time, regardless if the examination is completed or not.

h)  Maintain silence and order throughout the period of the exam. Maintaining exam integrity is paramount. Cadets should be directed not to discuss the contents of the exam with anyone outside of the exam room.

i)  At the end of the exam period, collect any scratch paper used and destroy upon grading.

j)  Upon the expiration of the allotted time, the examination will be automatically graded, and an auto-generated memorandum will be emailed to the address of record. The test score shall be recorded in the cadet’s Magellan record book, using the NSCC Promotion Exams tab in the Data Entry function. A certificate will also be generated by this system which may be presented to the Cadet.

k)  If the cadet does not pass the exam he/she must wait 30 days. After 30 days, return to NOTS to create a new examination.

5. Training. The following rules govern specific Recruit/Advanced Training requirements for certain NSCC cadet rates:

NSCC cadets must complete Recruit Training for advancement to Seaman Apprentice (SA). Recruit Training is generally 14 days in length, but cannot be less than 9 days.

NSCC cadets must complete an Advanced Training (AT) for each advancement, from advancement to Seaman or Airman (SN/AN) through advancement to Chief Petty Officer (CPO). Advanced Training evolutions are normally 5 to 14 days in length and will be listed on the publicly-available Magellan summer and winter training portals. Locally-arranged trainings of 5 days or more may also be used to satisfy the training requirement for advancement, if approved by NHQ via the chain of command and recorded in the cadet’s Magellan profile.

NSCC cadets who successfully complete an advanced training will be given credit for one Advanced Training, regardless of the number of days trained.


NSCC cadets may “bank” up to 3 advanced trainings per calendar year that can be used towards subsequent advancements.

Petty Officer Leadership Academy (POLA) must be completed for advancement to PO2; only cadets holding the rate of Seaman/Airman or Petty Officer Third Class (PO3) may attend POLA. No other course, including the Junior Petty Officer Development (JPD) may be substituted for POLA.

Service as a Staff Cadet at NSCC Recruit Training or NLCC Basic Orientation, in a leadership position, must be completed after completion of POLA and prior to advancement to Chief Petty Officer (CPO).

6. Physical Fitness. In support of the NSCC program goals of healthy lifestyles, all NSCC Cadets must take and pass the Physical Readiness Test (PRT) at least once in every six- month period. These scores must be recorded in the cadet’s Magellan profile using the PRT Imports tab in the Unit Management menu. Refer to the NSCC Physical Readiness Manual and Cadet Exercise Chart (NSCTNG 020) for guidance.