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Big Army wants to promote me, can my brigade say no?

I was picked up this month and my name is clearly showing on the by name list. My S1 is questioning my PPW because it was not updated until the 10th, never the less I was picked up. They are saying that Brigade can reject my packet, is this possible? How can Brigade say no when "Big Army" says yes? This is not a case of anything being "Jimmied." I have all required documents to support my point standing. Also, they are not considering 6 of my college credits because someone read my transcripts wrong, and 3 of my courses that I took to max out my military education did not post. One of the 3 is stating that it is not worth hours but it is listed as being worth 17 hours. I really feel is if the system is faulty! Who can I speak with, or would it even matter? I want to fight this to the fullest!

The Board Master - Army Promotion Board Study Guide

Greetings from Afghanistan!

I’ve come across cases like yours in the past. Every situation is unique. The best thing to do is to work with your S1 and HRC to get to the bottom of this. Based on what you stated, I have two theories on what may have happened:

  1. The points you had prior to adding more points on the 10th were enough for you to make cut-off, hence, the reason why you showed up on the by-name list.
  2. There was an error in the system.

In any case, if you feel that whatever decision made is unjust I recommend seeking the attention of your Chain-of-Command and the IG if you feel that it is necessary.

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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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  • SGT NICK

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    I would recommend going to Brigade S1 if they allow you to. Brigades usually have some policy over audits, which look like what you’re going through. Do not take it personnel as it could be required by your brigade leadership. Some units require audits on anyone making a 798 cut off, some units for anyone making cut off, it is annoying and can be taken as someone calling out your integrity but just keep track of all your paperwork. Keep in mind that your brigade human resource technician signs your promotion orders and they have the right to revoke them if there was in error in your audit process and you did not actually make cut off.

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