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Will being flagged prevent me from going to a military school?

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Excerpt of AR 600-8-2 AR 600-8-2 paragraph 3-1f Actions Prohibited by a Flag states:  f. Attendance at military or civilian schools. The waiver approval authority for attendance at military or civilian schools is the DCS, G–3/5/7 (DAMO–TR).  Good News/Bad News The technical answer is “Yes” it should prevent you from going to school. More than likely if your are still flagged when your school date comes then you will not be able to attend schooling.  If your flag is lifted before your school Read more

Notes in AR 600-8-2 Suspension of Favorable Personnel Actions (FLAGS)

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This notes in AR 600-8-2 Suspension of Favorable Personnel Actions (FLAGS). This regulation is modified by Army Directive 2012-07, Administrative Processing for Separation of Soldiers for Alcohol or Other Drug Abuse Army Directive 2012-20, Physical Fitness and Height and Weight Requirements for Professional Military Education Policy contained in ALARACT 082-2012, Suspension of Favorable Actions (FLAGS) – Exportable Training Package NOTES: Some references listed in this doc might Read more

Do I lose my promotable status when I am flagged?

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Greetings from Afghanistan! When a Soldier incurrs a flag, the system automatically removes them from the Promotion Standing List. This is because they are placed in a nonpromotable status IAW AR 600-8-19, Par 1-10a(10). HRC has published a FAQ in regards to flagged Soldiers and removal form the Pormotion Standlist List. It is as follows: Question: Are Soldiers who are flagged automatically removed from the E5/E6 promotion standing list? Answer: Yes. If a Soldier is flagged the PPW system Read more

Can overweight Soldiers receive awards?

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As a standard rule, Soldiers cannot be recommended for awards while flagged for Overweight. AR 600-8-2 para 3-1 Actions Prohibited by a Flag: e. Recommendation for, and receipt of, individual awards and decorations. Exceptions to this policy are outlined in AR 600–8–22. However there is an exception or wavier for overweight Soldiers who are eligible to receive an award based on valor, heroism, or for retirement. AR 600-8-22 para 1-17 b Character of Service b. Waiver for overweight. As Read more

Can they stop my leave because I am pending UCMJ?

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With regard to missing and appointment and escorting the Soldier I cannot tell you what is appropriate. If you were directed to escort the Soldier and missed the appointment as a result of the direction/order, you most likely have a case against the Article 15. But this will be for a JAG representative to discuss with you. You are correct they cannot backdate a counseling statement. They can reconstruct a counseling statement and ask that you sign it but you are under no obligation to do so. Please Read more

Will I have to be reboarded once I successfully meet height and weight standards?

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Removal from the promotion standing list is covered by AR 600-8-19, Par 5-27; reinstatement to the promotion standing list is covered by Par 5-29. Soldiers removed from the promotion standing list for a valid enrollment into the Army Weight Control Program must be reboarded to regain promotable status.  Excerpt from AR 600-8-19 below: 5–29. Reinstatement to recommended list A Soldier removed from a recommended list (see para 5–27 or 5–28, above) and later completely exonerated will be Read more

Will an adverse action flag prevent a SSG from being considered for the SFC promotion board?

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Criteria for competing for promotion during a centralized promotion board is covered by AR 600-8-19, Chapter 5, Section III. Detailed qualifications/disqualifications for a specific board i.e. the SFC Promotion Board is released with the publication of the MILPER Message that announces the board. Paragraph 5-32 of the regulation states: A Soldier with a FLAG in effect may be considered by the board and placed on the recommended list. However, the Soldier cannot be promoted until the FLAG has Read more

Personnel Action (FLAGS) Class/Briefing

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Class/briefing that contains information Personnel Action (FLAGS). Topics covered include: What is a FLAG, reasons for a FLAG, categories of a FLAG, on-transferable FLAGS, transferable FLAGS, and prohibited actions. NOTE: This document is in MS PowerPoint

AR 840-10 Flags, Guidons, Streamers, Tabards, and Automobile and Aircraft Plates

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This regulation prescribes the design, acquisition, display, disposition, and use of flags, guidons, streamers, automobile and aircraft plates, and tabards by Department of the Army organizations and personnel. It is the authority for these items and their basis of issue. It also describes the flags used by the President, Vice President, officials of the Department of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

AR 600-8-2 Suspension of Favorable Personnel Actions (Flag)

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This regulation prescribes Army policy for the suspension of favorable personnel actions function of the military personnel system. It is linked to AR 600-8 and provides principles of support, standards of service, and policies regarding the initiation, transfer, removal, and management of Flags.

Can a Soldier be flagged while deployed?

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Yes. A Soldier can absolutely be flagged while in a deployed status. If the threat of enemy action is possible the session should be delayed until it can be handled during a period of reasonable safety. Remember: only Commanders can initiate flags. NCOs may recommend a flag action. A word of caution I strongly encourage you to discuss the potential flag action with a senior leader in your chain of command prior to discussing the flag action with the Soldier. This especially important while deployed Read more


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This regulation is to establish uniform policy and procedures for the requisitioning and supply of special measurement clothing and footwear, orthopedic footwear, plus guidons, streamers, and flags required by the Military Services. Applicability: the Defense Logistics Agency, the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and by interagency agreement, the Coast Guard.