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U.S. Army Brevet Promotion Program

Friday, February 14, 2020

What is it?

U.S. Army Brevet promotion program selects officers for temporary promotion to serve at the next higher rank in a critical billet. A brevet promotion entitles an officer to be temporarily promoted to the next grade and avail the pay and benefits of the higher rank.

As authorized by the 2019 John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), brevet promotion is one of the nine new authorities that provide the Army flexibility to determine the characteristics of a talent management system. The Army is authorized up to 770 brevet positions.

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

The Army’s Talent Management Task Force (ATMTF) is helping the Army implement the most comprehensive reform of its officer personnel management system in over 70 years.

The Army can nominate officers to serve in a brevet position through either the Army Talent Alignment Process (ATAP) or through a command nomination. Nominations will be vetted by a General Officer Review Board and submitted to the Senate for confirmation.

In October 2019, Army senior leaders approved the critical position list for 225 positions for brevet. During the ATAP cycle for Summer 2020 (20-02) movers, 96 brevet positions were available. Of those 96 brevet positions, 19 officers of a junior grade were matched to a brevet position and may be nominated for a temporary promotion.

Officers serving in a brevet position will receive a Temporary Date of Rank (TDOR) for their brevet promotion rank and maintain their Primary Date of Rank (PDOR) for current selection and promotion timelines.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

The Army will gradually expand the number of brevet positions available beginning with the addition of 100 critical billets to the Winter 2020 (21-01) Army Talent Alignment Process. The Summer 2021 (21-02) Army Talent Alignment Process will advertise the 445 additional brevet positions bringing the total number of available brevet positions to 770.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Brevet Promotion Program is intended to alleviate critical shortages of officers to better leverage the talents of junior officer, and to incentivize retention of those officer’s in whom the Army invested for education and experience.

This new authority moves the Army toward more flexible career paths for its officers and allows the Army to fill critical shortages with officers who possess the right talent. Brevet promotions are just one of many important personnel reforms which will help the Army transform from an Industrial-era personnel system to a 21st century talent management system.


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