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Involuntary separation board meets Feb. 4

Jan. 18, 2013 - 07:47AM   |   Last Updated: Jan. 18, 2013 - 07:47AM  |  
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Jan. 25 is the deadline for noncommissioned officer evaluation reports to arrive at Human Resources Command for the selection boards.
Jan. 30 is the date the My Board File system closes for the boards. NCOs should review and certify their records by that date.

Selection boards that convene Feb. 4 will have the dual mission of considering 30,000 staff sergeants for promotion, and several hundred other E-6s for involuntary separation under the Qualitative Service Program.

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Selection boards that convene Feb. 4 will have the dual mission of considering 30,000 staff sergeants for promotion, and several hundred other E-6s for involuntary separation under the Qualitative Service Program.

QSP may mean a time crunch for soldiers who want to transfer unused educational benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill to family members.

Army policy requires that GI Bill benefits transfer requests be approved before the QSP selection list is approved by Pentagon officials after the boards adjourn.

"Because board approval dates vary, eligible [noncommissioned officers] are advised to ensure they take the necessary steps to retain transferability (of benefits) as soon as possible," according to an Army directive outlining the policy.

The boards also will screen certain sergeants first class, master sergeants and sergeants major for involuntary separation under the Qualitative Management Program.

The QMP review will be targeted at retirement-eligible senior NCOs who do not meet retention standards based on derogatory information in their official personnel files.

The zones of eligibility for promotion, QSP and QMP include soldiers of the Regular Army and the Army Reserve component of the Active Guard and Reserve.

The basic zone of consideration for promotion includes:

Regular Army staff sergeants with dates of rank of Feb. 5, 2010, and earlier, and basic service dates of Feb. 5, 1994, through Feb. 5, 2007.

Active Guard and Reserve (Army Reserve) staff sergeants with dates of rank 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.

NCO evaluation reports submitted for these boards must be received at the Human Resources Command by Jan. 25.

Selection for advancement to sergeant first class remains highly competitive, as demonstrated by the fiscal 2012 RA board that generated an overall select rate of less than 25 percent.

Given the stiff competition, promotion and selection board officials at Human Resources Command recommend that soldiers closely review, and update, if needed, the documents that will be seen by the upcoming boards.

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Soldiers who are in the zone of consideration for promotion can review and certify the documents in their file using the online My Board File system that can be accessed from the HRC homepage at

The MBF system will close Jan. 30 for the Feb. 4 boards.

The QSP reviews will be targeted at Regular Army staff sergeants in 55 specialties, and Active Guard and Reserve staff sergeants in three military occupational specialties who meet the following criteria:

Have an E-6 date of rank of Feb. 4, 2009, or earlier.

Have a basic active service date of Feb. 5, 1992, or later.

The retention screenings are designed to shape MOS and grade-manning levels to meet force structure requirements in fiscal 2014, the beginning of a four-year Army drawdown that is expected to result in the involuntary separation of about 20,000 enlisted soldiers.

As with the QSP boards conducted last fall, the upcoming boards will focus on soldiers in overstrength MOSs, and specialties that have limited promotion opportunity, or both.

Because the zone of eligibility for the February boards includes staff sergeants with up to 21 years of service, soldiers selected for separation will be eligible for the Temporary Early Retirement Authority option if they have 15 to 20 years of service.

Personnel officials recommend that soldiers with fewer than 15 years of service, and who hold an MOS on the target list, consider reclassifying to a specialty with better career prospects.

Such soldiers should immediately contact their career counselor for assistance.

All requests to reclassify must be submitted to Human Resources Command, and approved by HRC, within 30 days of a soldier's QSP notification.

If a soldier cannot be scheduled for a training seat that starts within six months of the notification memorandum, involuntary separation orders will be issued by HRC.

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