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4,295 senior NCOs to move up in March

Mar. 6, 2013 - 07:01AM   |   Last Updated: Mar. 6, 2013 - 07:01AM  |  
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Nearly 4,300 Regular Army soldiers will be promoted to the ranks of sergeant through sergeant major in March, according to Human Resources Command projections.

The total of 4,295 is slightly above average for the first six months of fiscal 2013, which began Oct. 1.

Promotions to sergeant major will be made from the 2012 list and will reduce that roster to 50 names.

Master sergeant promotions will be made from the 2011 list, while advancements to sergeant first class will go to soldiers on the 2012 E-7 list.

Sergeant and staff sergeant promotions will go to soldiers in an eligibility pool that includes 11,600 promotable specialists and 14,200 promotable sergeants.

Additional promotions would have been authorized for sergeant and staff sergeant if more soldiers in chronically understrength specialties had been boarded and in promotable status.


Human Resources Command forecast calls for these advancements:

Sergeant major: 50

Master sergeant: 145

Sergeant first class: 367

Staff sergeant: 1,095

Sergeant: 2,638

Soldiers who held recommended-list status as of Jan. 20 through Feb. 8, and who meet or exceed the cutoff scores for March are eligible to be promoted March 1 as follows:

Rank: Sergeant to staff sergeant

Primary zone: 72 months time in service, 10 months time in grade

Secondary zone: 48 months TIS (less than 72 months) and seven months TIG

Rank: Specialist/corporal to sergeant

Primary zone: 36 months TIS and eight months TIG

Secondary zone: 18 months TIS (less than 36 months) and six months TIG

Soldiers who meet these criteria are eligible to appear before a promotion board:

Rank: Sergeant to staff sergeant

Primary zone: 71 months TIS and nine months TIG

Secondary zone: 47 months TIS and six months TIG

Rank: Specialist/corporal to sergeant

Primary zone: 35 months TIS and seven months TIG

Secondary zone: 17 months TIS and five months TIG

STAR MOSs in which additional promotions would have been authorized for March if more soldiers in these shortage military occupational specialties were on a selection list:

To sergeant: 12C, 12D, 13F, 14S, 15N, 25R, 31D, 35F, 35L, 35Q, 37F, 46Q, 46R, 68V, 89A, 91A, 91P, 94P

To staff sergeant: 09L, 12D, 12M, 15Q, 15W, 18B, 18C, 18D, 18E, 35Q, 38B, 51C, 79R, 89D

Promotion digest

Grade List Promotions Remaining Pending

SGM 2012 50 29 1

MSG 2011 145 245 29

SFC 2012 367 55 198

SSG N/A 1,095 • N/A

SGT N/A 2,638 • N/A

•Note: These are estimates because sergeant and staff sergeant lists are maintained by field promotion authorities.

Selection boards

• Sergeant major: March promotions are from the June 2012 list. The 2013 board convenes June 3.

• Master sergeant: March promotions are from the October 2011 list. Results of the October 2012 list have been released, and are available for promotions when scheduled by the Army.

• Sergeant first class: March promotions are from the 2012 list. The 2013 board convened Feb. 4 and is scheduled to adjourn March 8.

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