Promotion eligibility to each pay grade - temporary or permanent grade, whichever is higher - is based upon the sum of one’s training and experience (T&E). TRAINING includes 4 years of credit for undergraduate degree. Therefore, entry-level engineers who have just graduated receive 4 years of Training credit & 0 years of Experience credit. This equals promotion eligibility to the temporary O-2 grade. All entry-level engineers come into the PHS at the O-2 pay grade. EXPERIENCE includes all of one's years of practice as an engineer,whether in the private sector or uniformed services.
Eligibility for promotion to the next pay grade = TRAINING + EXPERIENCE, in years:
|Pay Grade||Training & Experience|
The promotion board meets once each year. Thus, an officer who becomes eligible for promotion may need to wait several additional months before being considered for promotion, depending upon his or her call-to-duty date and the promotion board’s meeting date.