Army Promotion Speech by Promotee

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If you have been promoted you may find it difficult to write a suitable army promotion speech by promotee. Why not use one of ours? These speeches express the feelings of pride and gratitude of someone who has been promoted.

They thank those responsible for their promotion and promise to do their best to be worthy of their rise in rank. Each Army promotion speech by promotee is suitable to be used on its own or you may mix and match selected pieces from those we provide.

Either way they say all you need to say on that special day.

Army Review Boards Agency

Appealing Unfavorable Information in Military Records (DASEB)

Appealing Unfavorable Information in Military Records

Department of the Army Suitability Evaluation Board (DASEB)

Army Regulation 600-37, Unfavorable Information, provides information on filing and appealing unfavorable information in the Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). Unfavorable information is any credible derogatory information that may reflect on a Soldiers character, integrity, trustworthiness, or reliability and includes letters of reprimand and Articles 15.

Chapter 7 of Army Regulation 600-37 provides information on appeals to remove unfavorable information or move unfavorable information into the restricted section of the OMPF.

Applications to the DASEB may be closed without action for the following reasons:

Applicant is NOT an E-6 or above, officer, or warrant officer

At least one year has NOT elapsed since imposition of the reprimand (GOMOR or LOR), admonition, censure, or Article 15

At least one non-academic evaluation report has NOT been received since the last academic report

Applicant is NOT on active duty status or is a drilling Reservist or National Guard

Applicant requests removal or transfer of a document that can be removed or transferred by the imposing authority

Removal of Court-martial or Article 15 can only be considered by the Army Board for Correction of Military Records (ABCMR)

Request for reconsideration does NOT provide substantial additional new evidence

The document in question is not found in the OMPF/IPERMS.

Active Duty Soldiers (all components) and U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers in Troop Program Units (TPU)are to submit appeals to the Department of the Army Suitability Evaluation Board (DASEB) in accordance with procedures outlined in chapter 7. A sample appeal memorandum is given below. The DASEB mailing address is: Army Review Boards Agency (ARBA), 251 18th Street South, Suite 385,Arlington, VA 22202-3531.

Army National Guard Soldiers not on Active dutywill direct their appealsthroughstate Adjutant General and the Chief, National Guard Bureau,tothe Department of the Army Suitability Evaluation Board (DASEB) in accordance with procedures outlined in chapter 7,

Retired and separated Soldiers and Soldiers, in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)do not apply to the DASEB; they must apply to the Army Board for Correction of Military Records (ABCMR) to remove from or move unfavorable information within their OMPF (please see theCorrection of Military Recordspage on this website for application procedures.)

If, after exhausting your appeal to the DASEB, you still feel that there is an error or injustice in the information in your military file, you can apply to the Army Board for Correction of Military Records on a DD Form 149 for removal of unfavorable information from your file or transfer from the performance section to the restricted section. You can complete an online application at send the signature page and evidence as instructed by the online program, or you may print a blank DD Form 149 from the Army Review Boards Agency website at mail it to the address shown on the reverse of the form. As part of your evidence you need to provide copies of the DASEB decision letter and any other correspondence you have had with other agencies to try to resolve your issue.

Army Regulation 27-10, Military Justice; paragraph 3-37 Table 3-2 (Removal of Records of Non-judicial Punishment from Military Personnel Files).

Army Regulation 600-8-104, Military Personnel Information Management/Records, Table 2-1 (under numbered form 2627 (DA)).

Army Regulation 600-37, Unfavorable Information, Chapter 7.

Name Titling in Army Records and FBI Records

A former or current Soldier can apply to the US Army Crime Record Center (CRC) to request the removal of titling from Army Records. If the CRC directs removal of the titling action, it will also inform the National Crime Records Center to take like action with regard to its records derived from CRCs records. The applicant must send a letter of request with his/her signature and a photo copy of his/her Photo ID Card such as a drivers license. Also include with the letter a photo copy of any documents relative to the titling and evidence that charges were dismissed and the former Soldier was not convicted of the charges. Mail all to US Army Crime Records Center, Attention: FOIA, 6010 6th Street, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060.

If the CRC denies the request, then application can be made to the Army Board for Correction of Military Records using the DD Form 149 or online application to request removal of the titling. Include with the application a photo copy of all documents sent to the CRC and the reply from the CRC.

US Army sergeant promotion list for January 2018

The following U.S. Army active component specialists have been selected for promotion to the rank of sergeant on Jan. 1, 2018, as announced on Dec. 21, 2017:

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FAQ Army Promotions and Reductions

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What regulation prescribes the policy and procedures governing enlisted promotions and reductions?

AR 600-8-19, Enlisted Promotions and Reductions

What should you look for when recommending an individual for promotion?

Overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential.

What is meant by inefficiency?

A demonstration of characteristics that shows that a person cannot perform duties and responsibilities of the grade and MOS.

What must be done for soldiers (SGT and below) who meet advancement or promotion eligibility, without waiver, but are not recommended for promotion?

The soldier should be counseled. This counseling should be directed towards those areas in which the soldier needs to improve in order to qualify for the next higher grade.

What is the purpose of the secondary zone?

The secondary zone (SZ) provides incentives to those who strive for excellence and whose accomplishments demonstrated capacity for leadership, and marked potential warrant promotion ahead of their peers.

Name five reasons that a soldier may be administratively reduced.

What are the three different ways that a soldier may be reduced for misconduct?

What are the normal TIS and TIG requirements for promotion to PFC?

What are the normal TIS and TIG requirements for promotion to SPC?

What are the objectives of theArmypromotion system?

Fill requirements with the best-qualified soldiers

Provide an equitable and just system that will objectively consider all qualified soldiers

Recognize the best qualified soldier and thereby attract and retain the highest caliber solder for a career in the Army

What is the maximum number of waivers that may be requested when recommending a soldier for promotion?

Who has the authority to administratively reduce soldiers in the grades E-2 through E-9?

E4 and below: Company Commander or higher

E5 E6: Battalion Commander (O-5 or higher)

E7 E9: Brigade Commander (O-6 or higher)

What are the three levels of promotion?

Promotion to SGT/SSG represents what level of promotion?

An administrative reevaluation may be requested at any time for soldiers who believe they have increased their latest promotion score by __ or more points.

How many zones are there for promotion to SGT and SSG?

In the event that you have 20 or more points to add, when are you eligible for promotion using the new points?

On the first day of the third month following the date your request for reevaluation was received at the PSC.

What are the TIS and TIG requirements for promotion to SGT?

What are the TIS and TIG requirements for promotion to SSG?

Who has the authority to promote soldiers in the grades E2 through E9?

E5 E6: Battalion Commander (O-5 or higher)

E7 E9: The commanders of an Army Command (ARCOM)/General Officer Command (GOCOM)/Reserve Support Command (RSC), and a Commanding General of a command outside the OCONUS.

What is a total reevaluation?

A total reevaluation includes the entire process from the commanders recommendation to the promotion board and administrative points.

What is the time requirement for board appearance for both the SGT and SSG board as of the first day of the board month?

SGT Board Primary Zone 34 months TIS and 6 months TIMIG.

SGT Board Secondary Zone 16 months TIS and 4 months TIMIG.

SSG Board Primary Zone 82 months TIS and 8 months TIMIG.

SSG Board Secondary Zone 46 months TIS and 5 months TIMIG.

When may a soldier request a total reevaluation?

6 months after the latest board appearance, reevaluation or recomputation

When they complete 6 months of active Federal Service, unless the commander stops it.

What are the two types of promotion point reevaluations?

What is the composition of a promotion board?

There must be at least three voting members and a recorder without a vote.

What are the three types of promotion point worksheets?

What is the NCOES requirement for promotion to SGM? SFC? SSG? SGT?

The board may be comprised of all officers, all noncommissioned officers or mixed. In all cases, members must be senior in grade to those being considered for promotion.

DA Form 3355 is the promotion point worksheet, which must be completed when appearing before promotion boards, re-computation or reevaluating promotion points.

Soldiers are required to have their promotion points recomputed at least how often?

Who is the president of the promotion board?

When should soldiers be recommended for promotion?

Only after they develop the skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of the next higher grade.

What is the maximum number of points possible on the Promotion Point Worksheet (DA Form 3355)?

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Army Reserve major promotion announcement

The Defense Contract Management Agency congratulates the agencys latest service members selected for promotion.

FORT LEE, Va., Sept. 21, 2017

FORT LEE, Va., Sept. 21, 2017 Please join me in congratulating the following members on the selection for promotion to the grade ofmajor (O-4) in the United StatesArmy Reserves. DCMA had a 100% selection rate for this promotion board.

Capt. Demetrius George DCMA Headquarters Reserve Affairs Office

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Capt. Sarah Moore DCMA Baltimore

Capt. Karen Werner DCMA Headquarters Chief of Staff Directorate

Capt. Blake Jenkins DCMA Central Regional Command

Capt. Christopher Layton DCMA Baltimore

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Army Regulations for Pregnant Soldiers

Army Regulations for Pregnant Soldiers

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What Are Some of the Reasons the Doctor Would Take You Off of Work Due to Pregnancy?

Getting pregnant while on active duty in the U.S. Army does not mean that you must give up your military career. The army makes modifications to pregnant soldiers duties, schedules and physical-fitness requirements. AR 40-501, the army pregnancy regulation, lets you continue your service during and after your pregnancy. This regulation also has duty limitations that ensure your health and safety along with the health of your unborn baby.

You must see a doctor to confirm your pregnancy. She sends the confirmation to your unit commander and issues a notice of change for your physical profile. The profile also includes your due date and sets your physical profile to T-3. This profile exempts you from normal physical training during your pregnancy, but not all exercise. It also limits your assigned duties. It exempts you from wearing weighted equipment, most immunizations and any duties that expose you to hazardous chemicals and automobile fuel. Your assigned duties cannot require you to climb ladders or use scaffolding. A pregnancy profile also makes you ineligible to serve at overseas locations, except in special circumstances.

The army requires that pregnant soldiers have routine prenatal care. You can choose care from a nurse midwife or physician. She will monitor the progress of your pregnancy and implement additional restrictions during your pregnancy. At 20 weeks, the prenatal care provider will update your pregnancy profile and restrict you from standing for parade longer than five minutes. She will also add exemptions from swimming tests, field duty and weapons training. At this phase of your pregnancy, the unit commander eliminates duty assignments that could cause extreme fatigue and lightheadedness. This includes flight duties unless you submit a request to continue. At 28 weeks, you cannot work more than 40-hours-per-week and must have three-15-minute breaks during an eight-hour shift. Your physician can recommend additional restrictions, as needed, for the duration of your pregnancy. If you experience complications related to your pregnancy, your unit commander and medical provider will decide whether to put you on sick leave.

After your delivery, your physician changes your pregnancy profile to a convalescent profile. The standard length for this profile is 45 days for a pregnancy and delivery with no complications. During this period, you can resume some physical-fitness training, but the army exempts you from normal physical-fitness training and testing for 180 days. You need clearance from your physician to resume the full physical-fitness program in less than 180 days. For the first four months after your delivery, your unit commander cannot assign you to an overseas-duty post that does not allow dependents to accompany the soldier. Assignments to temporary-duty stations are also restricted in the first four months.

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Army announces senior enlisted promotions for June

Army announces senior enlisted promotions for June

The Army has announced names of senior enlisted soldiers who will be promoted.

Editors note:This story has been updated to include the AGR promotion list.

The Army on Wednesday released the names of thesenior enlisted soldiersin the active Army who will be promoted in June.

The soldiers, selected forpromotionto master sergeant and sergeant first class, will be promoted effective June 1.

See the by-name promotion listhere, and the sequence reporthere.

On Thursday, the Army released the Active Guard and Reserve senior enlisted promotions.

These soldiers have been selected for promotion to sergeant first class and master sergeant. The effective promotion date is also June 1.

See the names and sequence reports below:

Sergeant first class sequence report.

Michelle Tan is the editor of Army Times and Air Force Times. She has covered the military for Military Times since 2005, and has embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Haiti, Gabon and the Horn of Africa.

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Army Tattoo Regulations Are Set To Change And Soldiers ent Happy

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Army Tattoo Regulations Are Set To Change, And Soldiers Arent Happy

A tattoo is seen on the arm of a U.S. Army flight medic from Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow June 24, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.Speaking to troops at FOB Gamberi in eastern Afghanistan, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler announced that strict changes to Army Regulation 670-1 governing the wear and appearance of members of the Armed Services had been approved by the Secretary of the Army and would go into effect immediately upon final signature.

Were just waiting for the secretary to sign, Chandler told the 4th Combat Brigade Team, 10th Mountain Division, as reported by the military newspaperStars and Stripes.

The changes will cover everything from uniform colors, ponytail styles and fingernail length (for females: no fake nails, add-ons, or extensions). But the rule that has gotten the most people up in arms concerns tattoos.

Under the new policy, new recruits will not be allowed to have tattoos that show below the elbows and knees or above the neckline, writes Stars and Stripes reporter Josh Smith. Current soldiers may be grandfathered in, but all soldiers will still be barred from having any tattoos that are racist, sexist or extremist.

Members of the U.S. Armed Forces have been getting tattoos since the first permanent tattoo parlor was established in New York City in 1846 and their commanders have been attempting to regulate the ink with varying degrees of success for nearly as long.

During the World War II Golden Age of patriotic military tats, the Navyissued regulations banning images of naked women, inadvertently starting a trend of sexy nurse tattoos.

During the Vietnam War, Army soldiers began flouting regulations that had kept tattoos largely within the Navy and Marine Corps. By the time the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, tats on military personnel had not only become commonplace, they had become part of acherishedandfiercely protectedculture, one that the Armycouldnt afford to regulateas it struggled to meet enlistment quotas for two simultaneous wars.

With the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan, and the return to a more peace-time conventional force, the Armys relaxed policy is about to change.

When the announcement came out, the Internet exploded.

I suppose that as soon as the troops stop getting tattoos, and start to learn more about the Afghan culture, the Taliban will have no choice but to surrender, wrote a former platoon leader atThis Aint Hell. Way to focus on whats important, SMA Chandler.

Sgt. Major Chandler defended the decision by arguing that service members with prominent tattoos draw attention to their appearance and away from their achievements, Smith reports. Referring to soldiers with curse words on their necks, Chandler told the soldiers, I question Why there? Are you trying to stand out?

This abhorrence for nonconformity, writesJames Joynerat Defense One, runs deep in Army culture and is intended to get soldiers to project a professional image, a goal which I share, he admits.

But theres a fine line, he continues, between enforcing professionalism and pushing one generations pet peeves on another.

Like many NCOs of his generation, my father, who retired from the Army after twenty years as a first sergeant, had a tattoo on his forearm. He got it as a young trooper in Vietnam and managed to be a professional soldier another seventeen years, earning several promotions and commendation medals. Whats cool in one generation is almost by definition uncool the next, so it would have been unthinkable for either SMA Chandler or myself to get one. Style is cyclical, however, and tats are back.

While I share Chandlers visceral reaction to extreme tattoos and unusual hair coloring, these new regulations are wrongheaded. Theres simply zero evidence that people sporting them make subpar soldiers or diminish their units esprit de corps.

As with every regulation in the Army, this one is nonnegotiable, so until new changes are made to AR 670-1, new recruits will be tat-free below the knees and elbows.

To commemorate this moment, weve rounded up a few examples of service member ink through the ages.

Second World War veteran Fred Duffield, 87, (who was a paramedic in the 12th Yorkshire Paratrooper Regiment in the Ardennes) sits aboard the cross channel ferry leaving Portsmouth, England for Caen, France on June 4, 2013 in the English Channel. Across Normandy several hundred of the surviving veterans of the Normandy campaign are gathering to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the D-Day landings which eventually led to the Allied liberation of France in 1944.Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Spc. Ian Laskey, 25, of Deerborn Heights, Mich., with the U.S. Armys Alpha Company 2nd Battalion 27th Infantry Regiment based in Hawaii, shows his tattoo at Combat Outpost Pirtle King in Kunar province, Afghanistan. These are the footprints of my sons, I was deployed and only got to see them for 14 days after they were born. I got the tattoos to keep them with me and have them in my heart. Its my motivation.Associated Press

Pearl Harbor survivor, Thomas Michenovich, shows off his wartime tattoos.Marco Garcia/Getty Images

Former Army Staff Sgt. Jesse Belyeu, 51, a veteran of the Green Berets, displays his tattoo reading To hell and back, 66-69, Vietnam, outside the Midnight Mission in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1997. Belyeu, who is homeless and suffers from leukemia, said the horrors of his special operations job remain with him and have landed him in mental hospitals several times.Associated Press

Spc. Jeremiah Butts of Magna, Utah, of the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, shows off a tattoo that he got for his wife as he stands in the Badula Qulp area, west of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010.Associated Press

7 Key Tips For Overcoming Army E-7 Promotion Board Rejection

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7 Key Tips For Overcoming Army E-7 Promotion Board Rejection

On Sept. 29, the Army will release the E-7 promotion board results. Heres some advice for those who dont make the cut.

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I hit refresh on the computer screen, again, growing more impatient.

It was the afternoon of March 19, 2009, and I was in Germany, waiting for the sergeant first class board results to load. I wasnt the only one: the Human Resources Command servers struggled with the tens of thousands of requests from staff sergeants hoping to see a number next to their name.

When the site finally opened, I scrolled through to my name, and no number, which meant no promotion. That was the first year I had been passed over, leaving me with thoughts of despair. Am I not good enough? Is this a sign that I should leave the Army?

I had almost given up completely when, in March 2012, on my fourth look, I saw a number by my name. Finally, I had earned the title, Senior Noncommissioned Officer. I cant describe how happy I felt. It validated the years of long days and sacrifices. It was worth the wait.

On Sept. 29, tens of thousands of staff sergeants will sit at their computers, hitting the refresh button, as I had countless times. Some of them will get picked up. Many, however, will experience the disappointment I experienced three years in a row. Heres my advice for those who do:

Instead of telling everyone within earshot about how getting a DUI like a guy you know who made the list might get you promoted, you should congratulate the people you know on their selection. Exchange notes: Ask to see their record, send them your record. NCOs should support each other, and the NCO Corps is much smaller than you think. Word travels quickly.

Instead of writing a blog post about how the Army is losing the highest qualified people because you didnt get selected, look at the selection rate. Nobody may have been selected that year. Or the selection rate could be as low as 5%, which mean you could still be in the top 10% but still not have been selected.

Instead of complaining about how rigged the selection process is, read the after action review for the board and from your career management field. The people who sat on the board explain what they were looking for and what kept people from getting promoted. There is a reason why enlisted record brief updates, proper DA photo, and following your career map are mentioned in every after action review. If your records arent updated or your photo is old, that is a clear sign to board members that you dont want to be promoted.

4. Remember: performance over position.

Instead of thinking you just need the right magical position (i.e., platoon sergeant) to make the cut, look at your performance in your current one. Performance in the job youre in now matters more than the job itself. A well-performing squad leader can get selected over a poorly performing platoon sergeant. Make sure your position is on your career map and you have a blend of leadership and staff time, and are changing positions about every two to three years. Otherwise you are not as competitive.

Instead of convincing yourself that the only reason people made the list is because they knew somebody on the board, go find a mentor. Ask senior enlisted personnel in your career management field to provide an honest assessment of your performance, including areas to improve, before the next board. Their opinion and perspective matter, because they may have been on the last board, and they may be on the next one.

Instead of giving up, focus on the things you can control PT score, weapons qualification, and civilian education. Improving in those areas may make all the difference next year. And your civilian education will help in your post-military career.

Instead of taking non-selection personally, realize that the Army is a business and will continue to exist long after youve left. Dont tie your self-worth to your rank. If this was your last year of eligibility, take it as a signal to begin planning your post-military life. Reflect on what youve gained from the Army. Its better to leave on a good note than burning bridges.

Harlan Kefalas is a leader, reader, husband, father, soldier, and member of the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum. His views and opinions expressed are his alone and do not reflect the official position or policy of the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government. Follow Harlan Kefalas on