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March 11, 2011
Revised enlisted promotion system
requires Soldier input
|FORT KNOX, Ky. — Active-component Soldiers interested
in promotion to sergeant or staff sergeant must immediately update their
personnel and training records before the Army implements the revised
promotion system June 1.
“Revisions to the semi-centralized promotion system will help the Army
and the U.S. Army Reserve promote the best-qualified junior enlisted
Soldiers,” said William Wright, the chief of junior enlisted promotions
at The Adjutant General Directorate (TAGD), U.S. Army Human Resources
The revisions are designed to focus on Soldier skills and ensure
fairness, Wright said. The active component will go live with an
automated promotion point worksheet (Department of the Army Form 3355)
May 2. The Army Reserve will adopt the automated system simultaneously
but will use a revised hard copy promotion point worksheet until
automated support becomes available.
“It will also level the playing field by ensuring Soldiers receive
points for verified data entered in the Army Training Requirements and
Resources System (ATRRS) and the Electronic Military Personnel Office,”
In order for Soldiers to receive correct promotion points under the
revised system, promotable active component junior-enlisted Soldiers
must visit their human resource or personnel specialists (S-1s),
military personnel divisions (MPD) or unit administrators and ensure
their personnel and training records are up-to-date no later than May 8.
The revisions of the semi-centralized promotions system affect several
key areas. First, promotion points will be redistributed for promotion
to sergeant and staff sergeant. Points calculated for sergeant focus on
Soldier skills, while those for staff sergeant focus on leadership.
Second, the new system eliminates commander and selection-board points.
The elimination of these points does not minimize the chain of command’s
role in the promotions process because the chain of command must
recommend the Soldier to the next grade. The promotion board will
provide the promotion authority a recommendation (go/no-go) based on
each Soldier’s potential. Third, Soldiers will only receive promotion
points for completed correspondence courses instead of earning points
for completion of sub-correspondence courses. Fourth, promotion points
will be awarded for combat deployments. For the active component,
Army-level enterprise systems, including ATRRS, will provide promotion
data automatically to update the revised automated promotion point
These systems have been redesigned to award points based upon the new
criteria. The automatic feed of promotion data will reduce
human-resources service-support requirements for S-1s and MPDs.
Make sure your promotion points accurately reflect creditable
promotion-point data, according to Sgt. Maj. Debra J. Sturdivant, chief,
enlisted promotions, in the TAGD. If you fail to do this and don’t meet
the cutoff score because of it, you won’t receive an exception to policy
for addition to the by-name list. Failure to update records is
considered lack of due diligence and not a valid justification for an
exception to policy, according to Sturdivant.
The new promotion system is a win-win situation, Sturdivant said. It
reduces paperwork, and it’s faster and more accurate. The 800-point
format will remain in place, and the revision of the system won’t reduce
the number of monthly promotions that the Army has forecast.
You may not have had the opportunity to deploy, she said.
You may have taken advantage of continuing your civilian education with
a nationally and regionally accredited institution to gain points. You
can be promoted faster than ever, according to Sturdivant.
Don’t wait to update your enlisted records brief and personnel and
training records; provide yourself the best opportunity to advance your
career … now, she added.
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