Note that a naval standard is a task statement that is
not rating specific. All E-5 personnel in the Navy should
be able to perform this task before taking the
military/leadership test for E-6.
In addition to being used to develop the mili-
tary/leadership exams, naval standards are used for
curriculum development at basic training commands
and apprentice training facilities.
The Occupational Standards Manual also lists the
Navy occupational standards for each rating. We should
mention again that the standards listed in the
Occupational Standards Manual are only the minimum
requirements for enlisted occupational skills. The
content of this training manual (ET Supervisor Volume
1-Administration) is based on the occupational
standards for ET1 and ETC. The Occupational
Standards Manual is kept current by numbered changes.
However, these changes are issued more frequently than
most training manuals can be revised. Therefore, the
training manuals cannot always reflect the latest
occupational standards. Since the advancement
examinations are also based on the Navy occupational
standards, you should always check the latest changes
to be sure your personnel know the current requirments
for advancement in the rating. An example of an
occupational standard for Electronics Technician First
OCCSTD 4436 Troubleshoot electronic sys-
tems and subsystems.
Note the difference between the naval standard
given in the previous section and the occupational
standard shown here. The occupational standard is
rating specific and cannot be performed by all Navy
personnel going up for Petty Officer First Class.
Occupational standards are used in the development
of training manuals and rating advancement exams.
They are also used in the development of class A and
class C school curricula, formal shipboard training, OJT,
and general rating training for divisions.
Personnel Qualification Standards
The Personnel Qualification Standards (PQS)
program is a qualification system used to certify that
officer and enlisted personnel can perform certain
duties. A PQS is a list of minimum knowledge and skills
necessary to qualify for a specific watch station,
maintain specific equipment, or perform as a team
member within a unit. The PQS program is not designed
as a training program, but provides many training goals.
Therefore, you should use PQS as a key element to make
your training program well structured and dynamic. A
complete listing of available PQS manuals is published
in the Personnel Qualification Standards Catalog,
An example of a knowledge/skill that is part of the
PQS for Electronics Casualty Control (ECC) Repair 8
PQSSTD 101.2 Discuss the purpose and use for
antenna cutout switches.
In this example the person must show a knowledge
of how something operates. Not all PQS skills are
knowledge statements. Some require physical
demonstrations by the person wanting to be qualified.
Depending on your command, you may be
responsible for all or part of the following duties within
the division PQS program:
Supervise Divisional PQS.
Supervise Qualification Petty Officers.
Recommend to the Department Head the
assignment of Division Qualification Petty
Recommend to the Department Head the entry
level of newly assigned personnel.
Recommend to the Department Head any
required tailoring that a division may need.
Recommend final qualification to the
Be sure that Page Four Service Record
documentation of PQS is accomplished.
Assign requirements and PQS goals to individual
trainees according to departmental guidance.
On a weekly schedule, check the progress of
division personnel toward PQS goals as shown
on the Progress Records.
Brief the Department Head monthly on the status
of division personnel and adjust goals
Integrate PQS status with routine administration
of special requests, early liberty approvals, etc.
Be sure that enlisted evaluations reflect PQS