Did you know that the Army is converting to a new Semi-Centralized Promotions System? All promotable and future promotable Specialists, Corporals and Sergeants are affected. On 17 May 2010, the Army G1 approved the changes to the process for calculating promotion points for promotion to SGT and SSG for all Active Army and Reserve Soldiers. These changes will take effect for 1 June 2011 promotions. The biggest changes that Soldiers will see are the difference in how points are calculated for promotions to SGT and SSG, the inclusion of points for combat experience, and the removal of commander and board points. Another key area which will have a big impact on Soldiers is the requirement to complete entire correspondence courses in order to be awarded promotion points. This means sub-courses no longer count towards points.