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The Army will soon conduct an unprecedented quality purge of the standing promotion selection lists for sergeant and staff sergeant, which could result in 27 percent of promotable specialists, corporals and sergeants losing their (P) promotable status.
The move, part of an Army-wide effort to sort out less-than-desirable soldiers, is designed to prepare the force for a personnel drawdown that will begin next year.
Many of those who will be purged from the selection lists could be in danger of bumping up against the Army's "up or out" promotion policies and the tenure rules for their grades.
A specialist must be selected for sergeant by eight years in service and can stay as long as 12 years once selected for promotion.
Hence, a nine-year corporal/specialist whose selection for promotion is removed could be involuntarily separated. The same goes for a sergeant with 14 years. While selected for promotion, he can stay as long as 15 years; if he's taken off the list, he, too, is in jeopardy.
As of late September, there were 14,343 specialists and corporals on the active-component standing list for promotion to sergeant and 15,475 sergeants on the list for staff sergeant.
More than 8,000 of those soldiers should not be on the lists because they have failed the physical fitness test, are overweight or have been barred from re-enlisting, according to information released Sept. 26 by Human Resources Command.
Also ineligible for promotion are soldiers whose physical training scores are more than a year old and soldiers whose records have been flagged because they are under suspension of favorable personnel action.
A soldier keeping track of his records in the My Records Portal can find out if his record contains one of the 21 impediments to promotion named by the Army.
If a soldier believes his record is incorrect, he can ask his chain of command to fix the record. But he must do so before Oct. 9.
The Army will purge the selection lists of ineligibles around Oct. 11, according to HRC.
Flag codes and re-enlistment prohibition codes are entered on the Enlisted Record Brief, as well as the automated Enlisted Distribution Assignment System.
If a soldier's records are improperly coded, career counselors and battalion, brigade and organizational personnel sections should remove the codes no later than Oct. 9, according to MilPer Message 12-309, dated Sept. 26.
Local personnel officials also have been instructed to update, if appropriate, a soldier's latest PT score if the record erroneously indicates the score is older than 365 days. PT score updates must be completed by Oct. 9.
Soldiers taken off a selection list because of chain of command inaction to remove an erroneous flag or re-enlistment prohibition code must be reboarded to regain promotion eligibility, according to HRC.