Sailors now have an official way to check the make-or-break math for their advancement — with a few taps on their smartphones.
The "FMS Calculator" app, announced Friday, allows sailors to check the computation of their final multiple scores used to rank all sailors up for E-4, E-5 and E-6. The app is available on iTunes and Google Play.
Like a banking application that allows you to explore “what if” scenarios with your credit scores, the FMS applets sailors replace scores and factors in the formula — gaming out better evaluations or high exam scores, or adding a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal to their awards racks.
Sailors can download their profile sheets through Navy Knowledge online. This details their overall Final Multiple scores and the ndividual factors that make them up. The app allows sailors to quickly double-check factors, including those that are frequent spots for errors, such as individual augmentee points, awards and the performance mark average from evaluations.
The calculator is the second in what Naval Education and Training Command officials say will be a stream of applications rolled out this coming year.
“As we continue to create more mobile applications for our sailors, our goal is that the information and training that is readily available to them will allow greater flexibility and increased opportunities,” wrote NETC Commander Rear Adm. Michael S.Whitein a press release. “We want our sailors of the future to be well prepared and have the tools needed to succeed.”
The first such NETC mobile application was released in September with a phone-based Domestic Violence General Military Training.
More GMT applications are planned. Officials are in the final stages of developing an operational security training app.
Releases of new applications are expected throughout fiscal 2016 as officials look to move more GMT requirements online and to cut the number of face-to-face training sessions.
The application works for active-duty and reserve enlisted. Officials say that this app should also prove handy for career counselors, education service officers and chiefs, and division officers who mentor sailors via counseling and career-development boards.
The app gives these leaders the tools to counsel sailors on where they can improve their chances the most.
For the deckplate sea lawyers in the crowd, the app also links to Navy advancement policy and guidance manuals, including Naval Advancement Manual and the latest NAVADMIN 114/14 outlining last year’s changes to the final multiple scoring.
Information technology experts with the U.S. Navy Sea Warrior Program produced these apps with the help of civilian contractor Tracen Technologies Inc.