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Eight new posts were published to the site today, including contributions from AskTOP subject matter experts John Perry and Philip Cave (featured below). Check them out and remember to give us a shout if you have any tricky Army leadership questions! My EPS selection letter is signed, when will my promotion orders be cut? Orders will generally be cut by the National Guard 15 to 30 days from the signing of an EPS (Enlisted Promotion System) letter. However, there are several variables that could Read more

AR 600-8-19 Updated (RAR)

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Army Regulation 600-8-19 has been updated via a rapid action revision dated 27 December 2011. Titled Enlisted Promotions and Reductions, this reg is an important reference concerning advancement through the Army ranks. Changes include: Clarifies military education waivers for recommendation and promotion (tables 3-3 and 3-4). Adds new guidance for selecting or nominating Soldiers to fill first sergeant and sergeant major vacancies (para 7-41). Adds an Internal Control Evaluation Checklist Read more

Ye Olde Christmas Newsletter

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Check your inbox for our Christmas Newsletter or click this link to read it in your web browser. Merry Christmas, folks. Have an excellent holiday. We have an exciting 2012 coming up on the site. The newsletter contains some details about where we are going and how we are changing to bring you what you’ve asked for.     Read more

Belated Thanksgiving

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Welcome to December, folks. I’ve recently returned from my familial Thanksgiving pilgrimage from Alabama to the frozen wastes of Minnesota. I managed to survive the trip with my health mostly intact. One runny nose and a nasty stomach virus vanquished, I am back in action. Every month we like to take a step back and take stock of the site. I look for things we are doing wrong, things we’ve accomplished, and trends in the feedback we are hearing from you, the readers. Our upcoming newsletter will Read more

AR 670-1 Misfire

There have been rumors circulating about an update to AR 670-1 effective 1 March 2011. We have just confirmed through official Army channels that this document is NOT an official release. The current version of the Army Uniform reg is effective 3 Feb 2005. There are a number of messages that have been released that change and amend this regulation, but no complete AR revision has been approved. This notice is being provided as an advisory to our readers. The current version of AR 670-1 can always Read more

Veterans Day 2011 Free Food offers

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As you know, this Friday (11.11.11) is Veterans Day. This is a time to celebrate veterans from all services and conflicts. According to the 2010 US Census, there are nearly 22-million veterans in the United States. That’s a lot of brave souls. Thank you all for your service and sacrifice. If you are active-duty and you have the luxury of an extended weekend coming up, enjoy it to its fullest. As has become tradition over the years, many businesses are offering special discounts, sales, and Read more

Army Leader Newsletter #2 Sent!

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The second edition of our Army Leader Newsletter has just gone out the door. This newsletter contains a brief update on the State of the Site as well as a featured article and a featured download. Click through to read the newsletter. Want to receive the Army Leader Newsletter in your inbox? Subscribe here. We will have exciting news to share in our next installment, so keep an eye on your inbox for information about new site features, new SMEs, and (as always) new Army leadership articles and Read more

New phase: Afghanistan Campaign Medal

HRC Awards Branch has provided the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel & Readiness) memo which announces the establishment of a new campaign phase for the ACM.  The new campaign phase is “Transition I”, and the beginning date is 1 Jul 11. “Consolidation III” has been closed out effective 30 Jun 11.  HRC Awards Branch will be publishing a MILPER message at a date to be determined. This message authorizes Soldiers to immediately add campaign stars to their ACM Read more

A picture is worth 1,000 words

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Hey folks. Just wanted to throw up a quick update. Do you want to know how you can get your picture to show up next to your comments on AskTOP? We use a service called Gravatar to pull in what they call Global Avatars based on your email address. If you want your picture to propagate over to AskTOP, just visit Gravatar.com and upload a picture. It’s really quick and painless and it gives us an idea of who we are talking to. In other news, we just published an article by AskTOP SME Becky Pillsbury. Read more

Army Leader Newsletter #1 Sent!

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We just sent out our very first Army Leader Newsletter! We publish new material at least four times a week. Who has time to check a website that often? We offer a number of ways for you to keep up with us without stopping by the site every day. One of those methods is the Army Leader Newsletter. Inside, you will find news about the site, a featured article, and a list of our most popular posts. Subscribers should see the message hit their inboxes shortly. Alternatively, you may check out the newsletter Read more

FT Stewart Book Signing

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If you are in the Fort Stewart area, come out to meet Mark and Patricia Gerecht next Thursday or Friday (29-30 SEP). They will be signing copies of their book, The Military Spouse and talking with Soldiers. The Military Spouse is a practical guide to the toughest job in the Reserves, National Guard, and Active Duty Army–running household operations while your partner serves their country. Mark will also be signing copies of his other books and fielding Army Leadership questions. Mark is Read more

Mark speaks to DENCOM Soldiers

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Last week author and retired Command Sergeant Major Mark Gerecht conducted a professional development session with a group of Soldiers at the United States Dental Command on Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The presentation focused on counseling and proper use of DA Form 4856 (developmental counseling form). Mark also fielded questions and signed copies of his books. Special thanks to COL Hamilton, SGM Drumm, Ms. Diane Price, and all of the folks at DENCOM for making this event a success. If you would Read more

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