Washington, DC - More than 20,000 Sailors will advance to E4, E5, and E6 with the release of the spring petty officer advancement results later this week.

Overall opportunity for active duty Sailors decreased by 4.3 percent, from 27.71 percent to 23.41 percent as numbers continue to move closer to the ten-year average, following a spike in 2012.

"We continue to see excellent enlisted retention, resulting in a slight decrease in this cycle's advancement numbers," said Vice Adm. Bill Moran, Chief of Naval Personnel. "Our goal is to man the Fleet with Sailors who have the right skills and experience-strong retention means we are holding on to highly-qualified and experienced Sailors."

Enlisted advancements are based on vacancies in the fleet and correlate with efforts to balance the force.

Active Duty
-E4 active advancement opportunity decrease from 40.23 percent to 35.54 percent (-4.69 percentage points).
-E5 active advancement opportunity decreased from 25.06 percent to 19.89 percent (-5.17 percentage points).
-E6 active advancement opportunity decreased from 19.20 percent to 15.83 percent (-3.37 percentage points).

Full Time Support (FTS)
-E4 active advancement opportunity decrease from 52.55 percent to 50.28 percent ( -2.27 percentage points).
-E5 active advancement opportunity increased from 24.93 percent to 26.42 percent (+1.49 percentage points).
-E6 active advancement opportunity decreased from 14.98 percent to 12.49 percent (-2.49 percentage points).

Command triads will be notified via BUPERS Online (BOL) of their command's results on May 22. Individual Sailor advancement notification on BOL, Navy Enlisted Advancement System (NEAS) and Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) will occur May 23 in the morning, Eastern Standard Time.

"Given the high retention and the leveling-off of advancement rates-mentoring is more critical than ever," said Fleet Master Chief April Beldo, Chief of Naval Personnel Senior Enlisted Advisor. "Sailors who did not advance this cycle should seek out leadership to develop a plan to start preparing for the next test."

Friday afternoon, the names of selectees will be posted on www.navy.mil/cnp. Follow @usnpeople on Twitter to learn when the names are posted online.