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PROMOTION ELIGIBILITY AND NCOES

MILPER MESSAGE NUMBER : 05-247 AHRC-MSP-E PROMOTION ELIGIBILITY AND NCOES

1. REFERENCES:

a. AR 600-8-19, ENLISTED PROMOTIONS AND REDUCTIONS, 20 JAN 04

b. AR 140-158, ENLISTED PERSONNEL CLASSIFICATION, PROMOTION, AND REDUCTION, 17 DECEMBER 1997

2. THIS MESSAGE NUMBER WILL EXPIRE NLT OCT 06; HOWEVER, THE PROCEDURES WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL SUPERSEDED OR RESCINDED.

3. THIS MESSAGE APPLIES TO ALL ARMY COMPONENTS.

4. ALL ARMY COMPONENTS WILL ESTABLISH A TEMPORARY PROCESS PROVIDING FOR PROMOTION RECOMMENDATION TO SSG, FOR SOLDIERS DEPLOYED, AND OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE FOR RECOMMENDATION, EXCEPT FOR THE LACK OF THE PRIMARY LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COURSE (PLDC). THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THIS TEMPORARY PROCESS PROVIDES THAT NO SOLDIER IS OTHERWISE DISADVANTAGED, DUE TO AN EXTENDED DEPLOYMENT, FOR A PROMOTION OPPORTUNITY. THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS NEED TO TAKE PLACE:

a. WAIVER PROCESS FOR SSG RECOMMENDATION.

(1) ALL REQUESTS FOR WAIVERS MUST BE FULLY JUSTIFIED WITH A CLEAR AND EXPLICIT EXPLANATION. BE AS SPECIFIC AS POSSIBLE IN THE REQUEST. INCLUDE DATES OF DEPLOYMENT, LIST INTEGRATION, AND ANTICIPATED DATE FOR SCHOOL ATTENDANCE TO PLDC. ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION TO BE INCLUDED ARE:

(a) UNIT ENLISTED PROMOTION REPORT FOR WHICH THE AFFECTED SOLDIER IS LISTED.
(b) DEPLOYMENT ORDERS WITH INCLUSIVE DATES
(c) UNIT ORDER OF MERIT LIST FOR PLDC DEPICTING THE AFFECTED SOLDIER.

(2) A WAIVER WILL BE CONSIDERED TO GAIN ELIGIBILITY FOR SSG RECOMMENDATION IF A SOLDIER DOES NOT HAVE PLDC WHEN:

(a) SOLDIER IS DEPLOYED (DEFINED AS BEING ASSIGNED TO AN ORGANIZATION IMPACTED BY STOP LOSS - 90 DAYS PRE-DEPLOYMENT AND 90 DAYS POST-DEPLOYMENT), AND

(b) OTHERWISE FULLY ELIGIBLE FOR RECOMMENDATION TO SSG, BUT HAS NOT COMPLETED THE REQUISITE PLDC.

(3) THE WAIVER APPROVAL AUTHORITY IS ESTABLISHED AS THE DIRECTOR FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT (DMPM), OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, G-1 (DAPE-MPE-PD). ALL REQUESTS MUST BE PROCESSED FULLY THROUGH THE SOLDIER'S CHAIN OF COMMAND AND AHRC-EPT-TM, NCOES BRANCH PRIOR TO RECEIPT BY THE DMPM. FURTHER DELEGATION OF THIS AUTHORITY IS NOT AUTHORIZED.

(4) SOLDIERS SUBSEQUENTLY SELECTED AND PROMOTED TO SSG, UNDER THIS PROVISION, MUST COMPLETE PLDC WITHIN 180 DAYS OF THEIR REDEPLOYMENT. WAIVER APPROVAL FOR THE 180-DAY PERIOD REMAINS WITH THE DMPM, DCS, G-1. FURTHER DELEGATION OF THIS AUTHORITY IS NOT AUTHORIZED. PROMOTION INSTRUMENTS WILL INCLUDE THESE INSTRUCTIONS AND CITE THIS MILPER MESSAGE AS AUTHORITY FOR PROMOTION.

(5) FAILURE TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE PLDC WITHIN 180 DAYS OF REDEPLOYMENT WILL RESULT IN ADMINISTRATIVE REDUCTION TO SGT, UNLESS THE TIMEFRAME IS EXTENDED BY THE DMPM (DAPE-MPE-PD), DCS, G-1.

(6) SOLDIERS WILL BE INCORPORATED ON THE UNIT ORDER OF MERIT LIST WITH A SUSPENSE DATE TO ATTEND PLDC.

b. COMPLIANCE WITH ARMY STANDARDS: REVIEW OF TAPDB INDICATES SOLDIERS ARE PROMOTED TO SSG OR INTEGRATED ONTO THE SSG RECOMMENDED LIST - WITHOUT REFLECTING THE APPROPRIATE MEL/MES CODE FOR PLDC. TO ASSURE COMPLIANCE WITH EXISTING ARMY STANDARDS, TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS:
(1) VALIDATE SSG ELIBILITY FOR ALL NON-PLDC GRADUATES PROMOTED OR INTEGRATED ONTO THE RECOMMENDED LIST WITH THEIR PARENT ORGANIZATION.

(a) IF THE SOLDIER IS FOUND TO BE A PLDC GRADUATE, UPDATE TAPDB AS NECESSARY THROUGH AHRC-EPT-TM.

(b) IF DETERMINATION IS MADE THAT A SOLDIER WAS PROMOTED OR BOARDED ERRONEOUSLY, -AS AN EXCEPTION TO POLICY- DO NOT REVOKE THE PROMOTION ORDER AS ERRONEOUS IAW EXISTING REGULATORY GUIDANCE. THE INTENT IS TO NOT PUNISH THE SOLDIER SINCE NO WAIVER PROVISION EXISTED. HOWEVER, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, SOLDIERS WITHOUT PLDC WILL REQUIRE APPROVED WAIVERS (AS CITED ABOVE) BEFORE ATTAINING ELIGIBILITY FOR PROMOTION CONSIDERATION TO SSG.

(2) ESTABLISH INTERNAL CONTROLS TO ASSURE OVERWATCH OF THE PROMOTION SYSTEM TO ENSURE REGULATORY COMPLIANCE.

(3)BE PREPARED, UPON REQUEST, TO PROVIDE APPROPRIATE REPORTS IDENTIFYING THE STATUS OF SOLDIERS RECOMMENDED OR PROMOTED TO SSG UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE ABOVE WAIVER PROCESS TO DMPM (DAPE-MPE-PD), DCS, G-1.

5. THE POINTS OF CONTACT FOR THIS MESSAGE ARE SGM MICHAEL R. WALKER, CHIEF, NCOES BRANCH AT DSN 221-0815 OR COMMERCIAL (703) 325-0815 OR E-MAIL Michael.Walker@hoffman.army.mil AND SGM TAMMY D. COON, CHIEF, ENLISTED PROMOTIONS AT DSN 221-8695 OR COMMERCIAL (703) 325-8695

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