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Frocking rules outlined for AGR officers

May. 11, 2013 - 09:58AM   |  
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Frocking procedures for Active Guard and Reserve (Army Reserve) have been spelled out in a directive issued by Army Secretary John McHugh.

The directive, issued April 3, implements authority for the commander of Human Resources Command, acting on behalf of the chief of the Army Reserve, to frock Army Reserve AGR officers who meet certain criteria.

Frocking is the practice of allowing an officer to wear the insignia of the next higher rank in advance of the officer’s promotion to that rank.

Under the McHugh directive, officers frocked to the ranks of major through colonel must meet one or more of the following criteria:

■ The interest of the U.S. and the image of the Army would otherwise be severely jeopardized and/or the officer’s performance of duties would be severely restricted by wearing insignia for the lower rank.

These conditions typically occur in a foreign area where an officer’s routine duties require frequent contact with high-level foreign officials.

■ The officer has been selected for promotion to major, lieu-tenant colonel or colonel and has been designated for command of a unit or organization, or assignment to a primary staff position in a headquarters, such as G-1, G-2 or G-3.

■ The officer has been selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel and designated for assignment as a professor of military science or instructor at the Command and General Staff College.

Army Reserve officers being frocked to colonel must be on a promotion nomination list that has been confirmed by the Senate.

Frocked officers can wear the insignia of the frocked rank until promoted or removed from the promotion list, but no longer than 365 days.

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