Just before the E-6 exam was slated to be given, I - and everyone else - was told it would not be. For one, it had been more than ten days since the Navy-wide sitting (that was September 4). For two, we'd pulled in since then, to the test could have been compromised. The Submersible Death Trap is promising that the makeup exam will be made available to us; for a lot of people's sake, I hope that it's so. Like I said in the wee hours of this morning, the Fall 2008 advancement test is the only one where I have a realistic chance of making it before I get out. If I can't even take the test, it would be a douchebagging to overshadow every other I've encountered in my time in this job. That would be effectively discrimination based on operational tempo; undoubtedly, it'd be firm grounds for some kind of grievance. Not that such a thing would work. Of course, that's very much idle speculation; maybe the boat will come up with the exams, we'll take them, and I'll be a bona fide ET1(SS) in short order.
Fortunately, the "not so fast" works in the other direction as well. LevelSeventy qualified Shutdown Reactor Operator this afternoon, which makes us able to go to four section duty during the next in-port period. This lines me up for a fully duty-free weekend, the first in nearly two years. I expect to leave the boat Friday afternoon and not return until Monday morning; for the majority of my time on board, I've needed special liberty or leave to accomplish that. I don't anticipate a trip to my ancestral home. But being below the sea, I have no idea what might be happening on Long Island next weekend. Hell, my plan could easily change should I find out that Kristen and the Noise are making a visit, or Ready In 10 have a show lined up. That would be a very nice happy time explosion.