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By Lisa Rendzio, Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240) Public Affairs - September 19, 2019
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- It’s been four months since the Navy released the Professional Military Knowledge Eligibility Exam (PMK-EE) mobile app, which provides Sailors a more convenient way of taking the exam – anywhere, anytime.

The app has already been downloaded more than 74,000 times. It’s the second most popular app in the Navy App Locker.

As of Sept. 16, 155,438 Sailors had completed their PMK-EE, with 30,199 via the mobile app; that’s almost 20%.

“This has been a huge success,” said Tom Updike, deputy director of the Navy Advancement Center. “The PMK-EE app is simply the easiest way for most Sailors to access the test.”

PMK-EE replaces the Professional Military Knowledge (PMK) test, which was removed from the Navy-wide Advancement Exam (NWAE) this month. PMK-EE is a standalone, once-per-paygrade electronically delivered eligibility exam. Sailors eligible for advancement to paygrades E-4/5/6/7 must pass each of the five topic areas with at least an 80% score in each course.

The knowledge areas include Career Information, Leadership and Character, Naval Heritage, Professional Conduct and Seamanship. The PMK-EE also increases the number of questions from 25 to 100, providing a better assessment of a Sailor’s understanding of basic Navy knowledge.

“Afloat Sailors don’t always have access to the internet, so this app was specifically designed to allow them to take the PMK-EE while deployed or without an Internet connection,” Updike said.

Once Sailors have access to the Internet, they can enter their DoD ID number from the back of their CAC to transfer their completed information to the Navy Training Management Planning System (NTMPS)/Electronic Training Jacket (ETJ).

The PMK-EE app was developed by the Navy's Sea Warrior Program Office (PMW 240) and can be downloaded free from the Navy App Locker website at www.applocker.navy.mil or through the Navy App Locker app.

“In a very short period of time, the PMK-EE has become one of the most popular applications we have produced,” said David Driegert, assistant program manager for the Sea Warrior Program. “Sailors are asking for more mobile applications that will allow them to efficiently manage their careers.”

Active Component and Full-Time Support Sailors must complete the PMK-EE for the desired advancement paygrade by Jan. 1, 2020, for the E-7 NWAE (Advancement Cycle 246). Reserve Component Sailors must complete the PMK-EE for the desired advancement paygrade by Feb. 1, 2020 to be eligible to advance for the E-4 through E-7 NWAE (Advancement Cycle 106).

For further information on PMK-EE, visit the “Advancement and Promotion” pages under “Career & Life Events” located on the MNP website at www.mnp.navy.mil. Sailors can send questions to askmncc@navy.mil or contact MyNavy Career Center Toll Free (833) 330-6622.

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SAN DIEGO (Sep. 12, 2019) Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) take the E-5 advancement exam. Every six months, eligible Sailors are granted the opportunity to take the exam. Makin Island is in port conducting routine operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Colby A. Mothershead/Released)
SAN DIEGO (Sep. 12, 2019) Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) take the E-5 advancement exam. Every six months, eligible Sailors are granted the opportunity to take the exam. Makin Island is in port conducting routine operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Colby A. Mothershead/Released)
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