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

I am currently flagged for adverse action. Do I still meet the criteria to compete during the SFC selection board or am I disqualified? Will the board members be able to see my records?

The Board Master - Army Promotion Board Study Guide

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 been lifted (nonwaivable).

Furthermore, Paragraph 5-37c(1) states:

The names of Soldiers recommended for promotion who are under suspension of favorable personnel action (AR 600–8–2) will be placed on the selection list and monitored until the action is completed. These Soldiers cannot bepromoted until the suspension (FLAG) has been lifted (see para 1–11, of this regulation).

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MacArthur D. "Mackie" Ocampo is an Active Duty First Sergeant and has served in the Army for 15 years to date with 9 years of service as a Human Resources Specialist. Currently, he serves as the First Sergeant for Hammer Company, 1st Battalion, 17th 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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