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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