Eric Williams is promoted to first lieutenant by Lt. Col. Laketter Cannon, 184th Sustainment Command, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, March 11, 2019. The Army is revamping its promotion board processes to focus promotions on merit, not time served. It is the first major overhaul of the system since 1969, the Army said.
Eric Williams is promoted to first lieutenant by Lt. Col. Laketter Cannon, 184th Sustainment Command, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, March 11, 2019. The Army is revamping its promotion board processes to focus promotions on merit, not time served. It is the first major overhaul of the system since 1969, the Army said.

Merit over seniority: Army revamping 50-year-old centralized promotion board

by Chad Garland
Stars and Stripes

The Army will revamp its centralized promotion board processes over the next few years to focus on advancing senior noncommissioned officers on merit, not time served.

Gone will be annual sequenced promotion lists and the “P” status for promotable NCOs, to be replaced by quarterly forecasts and monthly selection processes for sergeant and above.

Officials also plan to expand the use of merit-based rankings for other uses beyond the promotion process, such as for identifying subpar soldiers for separation, the Army said in a directive published earlier this month.

The changes are aimed at “promoting the right people at the right time,” the service’s top enlisted soldier said in a statement last week. The first changes will take effect this year with the master sergeant promotion board but are slated to be implemented across the NCO corps in the next three to four years.

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