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Captain promotions dominate March forecast

Feb. 9, 2007 - 03:19PM   |   Last Updated: Feb. 9, 2007 - 03:19PM  |  
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About one-quarter of the nearly 4,000 lieutenants on the Army's new basic-branch captains list will be promoted by March 1.

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About one-quarter of the nearly 4,000 lieutenants on the Army's new basic-branch captains list will be promoted by March 1.

The 1,063 Army Competitive Category captain promotions are in addition to the 517 advancements to the chief warrant officer ranks, major lieutenant colonel and colonel scheduled for March 1. Ten officers in the Medical Specialist Corps also will advance to captain.

With a pressing shortage of captains, the Army has made some of the promotions off the new list retroactive.

The back-dated advancements total 68 for Jan. 19, 383 for Jan. 20 and 302 for Feb. 1.

A forecast developed by the Office of the G-1 at the Pentagon calls for 310 Army Competitive Category promotions to captain on March 1, 133 to major, 104 to lieutenant colonel and 36 to colonel.

When the special branches are factored into the mix, March promotions will total 54 to colonel, 118 to lieutenant colonel, 142 to major and 320 to captain.

Basic-branch officers of the Amy Competitive Category will, on average, have 22 years and 11 months of commissioned service when promoted to colonel; 16 years and 10 months to lieutenant colonel; eight years and 10 months to major; and 38 months to captain.

In the chief warrant officer grades, 203 will be promoted.

The annual Army Competitive Category captain board met Oct. 24 through Nov. 7.

The zones of consideration were comprised primarily of officers in Year Group 2004, including 4,363 first lieutenants of the basic line branches.

The board recommended 4,290 officers for promotion, for an overall selection rate of 98.1 percent.

The select rate is consistent with the O-3 board results of recent years.

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