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Can I be reduced from E-6 to E4 for inefficency?

I am Active Duty with 13 years TIS. Can I be reduced from E6 to E4 for inefficiency? TDS advised me that I would only be reduced to E5 if the board felt the need, but the board recommended me to be reduced to E4. I am appealing and TDS is trying to get my rank reduced to E5 instead of E4. TDS highlighted AR 600-8-19 and FM 27-1 and their interpretation of the rules and had me take it to Brigade legal, but they said that you may be reduced more than one rank for inefficiency. So I am getting two different answers for this. Do you have any insight? I have another appointment tomorrow with TDS to try and get this resolved. Thank you.

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The short answer is yes. They can recommend more than one grade in reduction. See reference below.

While this answer is not what you wanted to hear, I would highly encourage you to read chapter 10 of AR 600-8-19 as it does offer other courses of action that may assist you during the process and or during an appeal. These procedures may help you stop the reduction or at least only lose one grade. Without the specifics of the situation it is difficult to tell. Most commands do not conduct these types of boards often and mistakes do happen in their implementation. I would highly encourage you to work closely with TDS to ascertain if proper procedures were followed.

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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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