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Can one negative counseling stop me from being promoted?

I am in the secondary zone for promotion to E-6 and got a negative counseling statement. My supervisor now states he will not send me to the promotion board. Can he really do this?

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Stopped from going to an Army promotion boardYes, he can do that. Promotion is not a right. If you did something that caused the chain of command to lose trust in you they can stop you from attending the promotion board. The command will typically reevaluate the decision in 90 days in this situation. This gives them enough time to see if you have corrected the issue. For more information on this subject see AR 600-8-19.

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  • SGT S


    BUT, if you are fully eligible, the leader must provide in a written counselling why he has chosen not to send you.

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