Army to allow some virtual promotion boards for enlisted force during coronavirus outbreak

Army to allow some virtual promotion boards for enlisted force during coronavirus outbreak

by Corey Dickstein
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — The Army will allow commanders to conduct some promotion boards by video conference and has suspended temporarily some requirements for enlisted soldiers to be promoted as it responds to the deepening coronavirus pandemic that has forced military posts to close to nonessential personnel.

The adjustments balance the need for the Army to advance soldiers to ensure combat readiness while taking measures to protect the force from the virus, which has sickened at least 44 active-duty soldiers, Army officials said Wednesday.

"We are trying to get ahead and be proactive and creative,” said Sgt. Maj. Mark A. Clark with the Army’s directorate of military personnel management office. “We want commanders and soldiers to understand that we're thinking about what's best for them and what's best for the Army all at the same time.”

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