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New in 2018: Big changes in the works for NCO promotions

The Army wants more qualified soldiers to make their way up the ranks, so officials are working on tweaks to the noncommissioned officer promotion system.

Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey told Army Times back in July that the Army was nearly finished with a proposal to remove sequence numbers from consideration in NCO promotions, so that the best soldiers could be promoted first, regardless of whether someone else had been in grade longer.

“A sequence number shouldn’t be the reason that I’m waiting to get promoted, because the number has no bearing on talent,” Dailey said.

Dailey also wants to cut down the number of boards the Army does every year. He suggested four, to cover promotions, school selection and — if necessary — the Qualitative Management Program and the Qualitative Service Program.

“So, let’s do a multi-use board and promote from the top,” Dailey said. “And if need be, and if talent requires it, then you’re moved from the bottom. And you don’t reshuffle based on time in service, time in grade. Because if you do that, maybe the most talented person is getting promoted last.”

Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, engage during a combined arms live-fire exercise at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. The Army plans to recruit 80,000 new soldiers in 2018 as it continues to grow the force. (Gertrud Zach/Army)
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Nothing has been signed off yet, but plans are still in the works, said Hank Minitrez, a spokesman for the Army G-1.

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