STAND-TO! Edition: Monday January 28, 2013


Today's Focus:

Mandatory Junior Promotion Board / Increased Accessioning

What is it?

The Army Reserve (AR) needs to increase accessions and promotions for enlisted Soldiers in the grades of E-2 through E-6. In support of this goal, the AR will implement the following initiatives, which will ultimately benefit all enlisted Soldiers in our formations. The intent of the initiative is to decrease the current strength of skill level 1 Soldiers through promotions, thereby potentially opening more positions for accessions, and increasing promotions for noncommissioned officers (NCOs) in the grades of E-5 through E-7. The primary focus is on mid-grade NCOs (E-6 & E-7) in an effort to fill critical shortfalls within the force.

What has the Army Reserve done?

The initiative will be accomplished through the use of a G-1 developed web-based application, located on the AR G-1 website. This application will assist command teams in identifying and reporting the status of all eligible Soldiers in the grades of E-1 through E-5 for promotion. The AR G-1 published reporting requirements and implementation instruction directing battalion-level units to report the status of all eligible Soldiers on a quarterly basis. Furthermore, reporting Soldiers by-name (versus reporting scheduled board dates) will allow accurate monitoring of individual Soldiers and ensure a reliable data source to track existing non-promotable issues occurring at unit level.

What continued efforts does the Army Reserve have planned for the future?

The Mandatory Junior Promotion Board initiative will ensure 100 percent by-name-reporting of all eligible Soldiers who are within the zone of consideration for promotion to private (E-2) through staff sergeant. Additional guidance has been provided to track the success and capacity of commands holding junior enlisted Troop Program Unit (TPU) promotion boards and to ensure that sufficient boards are scheduled to maintain the existing population of eligible Soldiers. Under the current system, the junior enlisted Permanent Promotion Recommended List (PPRL) contains only 3 percent of the eligible Soldiers for promotion to the next higher grade. The stated goal of the initiative is to increase PPRL strength to 33 percent through identification and consideration of all eligible Soldiers for promotion.

Upon full implementation, Army Reserve Soldiers should expect to see an increase in promotion rates, while units and commanders can expect a decrease of Skill Level 1 overstrength and an increase in Soldiers filling mid-grade NCO positions.

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