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Senior NCOs face QMP screening

Aug. 12, 2013 - 09:41PM   |  
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QMP IN 2014

In fiscal 2014, these promotion boards will do Qualitative Management Program screenings:
Master sergeant

Active Guard and Reserve (USAR): Oct. 22-Nov. 7
Regular Army: Oct. 22-Nov. 15
Sergeant first class

Active Guard and Reserve (USAR): Feb. 4-14
Regular Army: Feb. 4-March 7
Sergeant major

Active Guard and Reserve (USAR): June 3-18
Regular Army: June 3-20


The Qualitative Management Program again will be used in conjunction with senior noncommissioned officer promotion boards to screen out soldiers of the Regular Army and Active Guard and Reserve (Army Reserve) who do not measure up to service standards for personal behavior and performance of duties.

The QMP screenings will focus on sergeants first class, master sergeants, first sergeants, sergeants major and command sergeants major who are subject to denial of continued service because derogatory information has been placed in their official personnel file.

Under a policy change ordered last year by Army Secretary John McHugh, QMP is a stand-alone process, separate from the Qualitative Service Program, which is a force management tool prompted by the drawdown.

QSP requires certain NCOs in overstrength specialties to leave active duty involuntarily.

While QMP boards deal only with retirement-eligible soldiers, QSP affects staff sergeants and above in selected military occupational specialties, regardless of their time in service and retirement eligibility.

QMP and QSP reviews are conducted by senior NCO promotion boards after they have made their recommendations for promotion. The QMP reviews focus on sergeants first class and above when cases of indiscipline and poor performance are officially reported to Human Resources Command in one of the following documents:

■ General officer letter or memorandum of reprimand.

■ Conviction by courts-martial or Article 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

■ A relief for cause NCO Evaluation Report (DA Form 2166-8).

■ A senior rater rating of 4 (fair) or 5 (poor) in the overall performance or potential blocks of the NCO Evaluation Report.

■ An annotation of “no” in Part IVa (Army Values) of an NCO Evaluation Report with an end date of April 30, 2011, and later.

■ An Academic Evaluation Report indicating failure of an NCO Education System course.

After soldiers are notified that they have been identified for a QMP screening, they have the option of submitting a request for voluntary retirement in lieu of being reviewed by a board. They also can submit a statement of mitigating or extenuating matters to the president of the board.

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