If you've ever taken a Navy advancement exam, chances are you walked out of the testing center feeling more confused than the day the Navy issued aqualfage.
You're not alone, sailor. A quick look at the comments posted to a Reddit thread called, "How I felt during today's E-5 advancement exam" shows bewilderment across the fleet.
User: Achibon - Yeah, I studied for the last 2.5 months and still felt like a moron during the test. Good luck to you.
User: Furmware - Thank God I'm not the only one who felt like a moron after the test.
User: dcviper - I used to cut mid-70s on the test and I always walked out feeling like an idiot. The test I made E-6 off of I thought I had bombed because I didn't study. Even our department head, a mustang LCDR, said he thought it was a really difficult test. No one was more surprised than me that May.
After reading the comments above, you could imagine the excitement some sailors get when they find out they passed. Oh the joy! It means more pay, no more being talked down to, and most importantly, no more working parties! Well, maybe not entirely true but there will be fewer.
And then, there are the sailors who've taken the test many times. You know who they are, they're always bitter. This video by Chalee Jr. perfectly captures the attitudes sailors have when passing and failing the advancement exam.