Navy Searching for USS Antietam Advancement Exams Lost in Mail

Sailors on board the USS Antietam render a salute during the International Fleet Review in Vishakapatnam, India in February 2016. The crew's advancement exams have gone missing. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
Sailors on board the USS Antietam render a salute during the International Fleet Review in Vishakapatnam, India in February 2016. The crew's advancement exams have gone missing. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

The command of the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) is searching for crew members' advancement exams that were apparently lost in the mail on their way to a Florida processing center.

On Wednesday, Capt. George Kessler, commander of the guided-missile cruiser, informed the crew of the status of the missing exams on Facebook, promising an update by Thursday "at a minimum."

"We verified receipt of our exams at Camp Walker Post Office in Korea," Kessler wrote. "The next location in the postal chain is Osan Air Mobility Command. Once we verify receipt, I will provide an update. I am confident we will track down the exams through registered mail."

The USS Antietam referred questions by Stars and Stripes to Task Force 70, which was not immediately able to provide further information.

Kessler said in the posting that the master chief on Wednesday would contact the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center in Pensacola, Fla., "to determine the path ahead once we locate our exam answer sheets."

The Navy advancement exam consists of 175 questions, with 150 of them related to the exam-taker's rating and another 25 about professional military knowledge.

Navy advancement exams have been lost in the mail before.

In 2006, 251 Naples-based third-class petty officers were informed that they'd have to retake their exams after their first answer sheets were lost in the mail.

"I can only tell you personally that I'm sorry, and we as a system failed you and we need to assume accountability for that," Command Master Chief Gustavo Beltra told a gathering of affected sailors in the wake of that loss.

Beltra said that identity theft was a concern because the lost exams contained personal information, such as Social Security numbers. He advised sailors to monitor credit reports and report suspicious activity.

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