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Command preference tool returns for CSMs

Oct. 4, 2012 - 07:21AM   |   Last Updated: Oct. 4, 2012 - 07:21AM  |  
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Deadlines to use the Command Preference Designator:
Oct. 16 for the special operations board that will convene Nov. 13
Oct. 30 for the conventional forces boards that will convene Nov. 27-28
How to use it:
Access the CPD application from the Human Resources Command Tools and Applications Directory

FORT KNOX, Ky. An online tool that allows command sergeant major candidates to communicate their assignment preferences to the Army is now available for the brigade and battalion CSM boards that meet in November.

The Web-based Command Preference Designator application associated with these boards allows soldiers to not only communicate their assignment preferences, but also opt out of all or part of the CSM selection process.

John H. Heinrichs, chief of the enlisted command management branch of Human Resources Command, said this is the third year the command preference tool has been made available to CSM candidates.

Two years ago, 48 percent of the eligible candidates elected to compete for a CSM assignment.

Last year, 58 percent of eligible candidates competed, and Heinrichs expects that figure to increase again this year.

"I am hoping that statistics for fiscal 2014 boards will show us a lot," he said.

The automated CPD allows soldiers to list their top three preferences for assignment.

The system provides information on what units will require new command sergeants major in 2014, and when the incoming CSM will be required to move.

The Army's force structure has requirements for 1,261 brigade- and battalion-level command sergeants major.

Because the standard tour length for CSM is 24 months, soldiers who want to remain in the command track can compete for selection every other year.

The Command Preference Designator will remain open until Oct. 16 for the special operations board that will convene Nov. 13 and Oct. 30 for the conventional forces boards that will convene Nov. 27 and 28.

The CPD application can be accessed from HRC's "">Tools and Applications Directory ."

The basic zone of consideration for brigade-level assignments will include command sergeants major and sergeants major who have a professional development code of 6C or 7C; a basic active service date no earlier than March 30, 1985; and a birth date no earlier than March 30, 1955.

The zone of eligibility for battalion-level assignments will include command sergeants major, sergeants major and promotable master sergeants who were selected to attend the Sergeants Major Course by the fiscal 2011 E-9 board and whose basic date is not earlier than March 30, 1985, and birth date not earlier than March 30, 1955.

Noncommissioned officer evaluation reports submitted for the conventional forces boards must arrive at HRC by Nov. 19.

Reports submitted for the special operations board must arrive by Nov. 5.

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