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How Does the Promotion System Work and Why Haven’t I Been Promoted?

I am a SGT(p) with 7 years and 6 months time in service and 4 years time in grade; currently deployed and with the new promotion system I have to have ALC to be promoted. My questions is how does the CLI promotions work and with my MOS being under strength how come I have not been promoted with our points being 14 the past 2 months?

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Per the revised AR 600-8-19, Enlisted Promotions and Reductions, dated Dec 2016, effective 1 January 2017, SGTs must complete SSD-2 before being boarded for E6, and the Advanced Leader Course for pin-on to SSG.  I contacted HRC and was told there are only 12 seats (on average) per class for your MOS.  You are number 2 on the list for ALC so you should be attending around January/February 2018.

The Army continues to authorize battlefield promotions for Soldiers in designated areas (combat or under combat conditions) when their commanders determine they have demonstrated an extraordinary performance of duties if they have not completed the Basic Leader Course and or Advanced Leader Course.  However, to retain their stripes the Soldiers must complete the BLC or ALC within 270 days after redeployment to home station.

Soldiers in CLI status must still appear before a board (I’m making an assumption you already appeared before the board).



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Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training.

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