Army’s New Promotion System Could Mean Separations for Some Soldiers

24 Apr 2019
Military.com | By Matthew Cox

The U.S. Army is launching a new merit-based promotion system for enlisted personnel that will reward qualified soldiers with more rank but also force “subpar” sergeants out of the service if they fail to meet the new standards.

Personnel officials hope to have the improved promotion system fully operational by 2021, according to a recent news release, which describes how the service plans to post a 90-day forecast for all promotions — from sergeant to sergeant major.

Army Human Resources Command, or HRC, intends to announce the names of all soldiers picked for promotion “on the 15th of each month, with an effective promotion date on the first day of the following month,” the release states.

“This is the first major overhaul to our enlisted centralized promotion board in the 50 years we’ve conducted them,” Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey said in the release. “This change now truly rewards the most qualified soldiers who are seeking advancement instead of simply promoting people based on seniority.”

However, if soldiers are rated as subpar “and are unable to become fully qualified in their [respective] rank,” they will be advised that their “continued service may be at risk,” the release states.

Once a soldier is found “not fully qualified” by a board a second time in the same grade, the Army will set a mandatory separation date six months in the future, according to the release.

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Author: Dian Welle