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About 30,000 staff sergeants of the Regular Army and the Army Reserve component of the Active Guard and Reserve will be considered for promotion to sergeant first class by boards that convene Feb. 4 at Fort Knox, Ky.
These boards also will screen certain staff sergeants to see whether they should be retained in service. The screening comes under the terms of the Qualitative Service Program. This is the first time E-6s will be screened.
The retention screening will focus on E-6s in military occupational specialties that are seriously over-strength or that have limited promotion opportunity.
Specific details of the QSP review have not yet been announced. It is too early to say how many soldiers may be screened because officials may adjust which MOSs are affected shortly before the boards take place.
The Qualitative Management Program, a process for culling retirement-eligible senior noncommissioned officers who do not measure up to Army standards, is no longer associated with the QSP, as ordered in August by Army Secretary John McHugh.
QMP screenings will continue to be conducted, as needed, by senior NCO promotion boards.
NCOs are given a QMP review when derogatory information is placed in their official personnel file.
McHugh's directive makes a clear distinction between the QMP, a quality-control measure, and QSP, a management tool for shaping the specialty and grade content of the Army.
The overall zone of consideration for Regular Army promotion to sergeant first class includes staff sergeants with dates of rank of Feb. 5, 2010, and earlier and basic service dates of Feb. 5, 1994, through Feb. 5, 2007.
The primary-zone DOR is Feb. 4, 2009, and earlier, while the secondary-zone window is Feb. 5, 2009, through Feb. 5, 2010.
Selection boards for E-7 are the largest conducted by the Army each year.
For example, the January 2012 board reviewed the files of 28,413 staff sergeants. The panel selected 6,988, for an overall select rate of 24.6 percent.
The primary-zone rate was 22.7 percent, with 4,474 of the 19,698 candidates being picked up for advancement.
The 2012 Active Guard and Reserve sergeant first class board considered 807 soldiers and selected 426, for a promotion select rate of 52.8 percent.
The basic zone of eligibility for the 2013 AGR board will include staff sergeants with DOR of Feb. 5, 2010, and earlier; promotion eligibility basic dates of Feb. 7, 2007, and earlier; basic dates of Feb. 5, 1994, and later, and birth dates of Aug. 5, 1954, and later.
Staff sergeants with DOR of Feb. 1, 2009, and earlier will be in the primary zone.
The secondary zone will comprise staff sergeants with DOR of Feb. 2, 2009, through Feb. 5, 2010.