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Have ARCs replaced ETPs for promotion to SGT and SSG?

I am aware that ETPs are no longer authorized effective 1 Jun 11 promotions. However, I keep hearing that guidance has come down and there is a new procedure in place called "Administrative Records Corrections" or ARC. Is this true?

Administrative Records Corrections or ARCs do exist but the process and criteria are not exactly the same as the ETP.  ETPs were requested and approved when a Soldier was not promoted due to no fault of his own.  With the ARC, it must be of no fault to the Soldier, the S1, MPD or Promotions Work Center (PWC) which really just leaves system errors as the cause.  This process puts more pressure on S1, MPD and PWCs to ensure they are updating Soldiers’ records in a timely manner.  Below is what MILPER MSG 11-233 dated 28 Jul 11 states in regards to ARCs.  Soldiers should fully understand it’s content and take special note of sub-paragraph c:

posted on 08/08/2011 under Q&A
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Mac Arthur D. "Mackie" Ocampo is a full-time Active Duty Sergeant First Class and has served in the Army for 13 years to date with 9 years of service as a Human Resources Specialist. Currently, he serves in 2d Battalion, 1st 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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  • Chad

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    I understand how the milper msg reads. But because of the change there seems to not be a checks and balance in place. Because I think human error account for most promotion issues. So in that regard if your S1 does not update your PPW in a timely manner it could lead to career ending issues. Since Ive had issue’s with my S1 there is nothing in place to put pressure on them doing the right thing. But if you re tracking the amount of needed corrections to HRC then that would stand out. This new policy has made it so that soldiers careers are totally dependent on their S1’s input of data. So where is the checks? I have never seen a system that didnt have something in place to correct human error. And when you are dealing with people’s career and pay….I just totally think this is an error in judgement yet again from on high.

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