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New Semi-Centralized Promotions System

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.

posted on 04/12/2011 under Articles
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MacArthur D. "Mackie" Ocampo is an Active Duty First Sergeant and has served in the Army for 15 years to date with 9 years of service as a Human Resources Specialist. Currently, he serves as the First Sergeant for Hammer Company, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 2d Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2d Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. Mackie has served in Korea, Ft. Carson, CO, Schofield Barracks, HI, twice in Afghanistan, and twice in Iraq accumulating over 59 months of overseas service. He believes that the "personnel" aspect of a Soldier's career is a big factor in their morale and readiness and is determined to assist Soldiers in their professional development by providing sound advice and clarification of ongoing policies, regulations, and procedures.

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