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Study Guide › Promotions and Reductions

  1. What should you look for when recommending an individual for promotion ?
    Overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential.

  2. What is meant by "inefficiency" ?
    A demonstration of characteristics that shows that a person cannot perform duties and responsibilities of the grade and MOS.

  3. What must be done for soldiers (SGT and below) who meet advancement or promotion eligibility, without waiver, but are not recommended for promotion ?
    The soldier should be counseled.
    This counseling should be directed towards those areas in which the soldier needs to improve in order to qualify for the next higher grade.

  4. What is the purpose of the secondary zone ?
    The secondary zone (SZ) provides incentives to those who strive for excellence and whose accomplishments demonstrated capacity for leadership, and marked potential warrant promotion ahead of their peers.

  5. Name five reasons that a soldier may be administratively reduced.
    1. Erroneous enlistment grade
    2. Misconduct
    3. Inefficiency
    4. Approve for discharge from service Under Other Than Honorable conditions
    5. Failure to complete training (I.e., OCS, Flight School)

  6. What are the three different ways that a soldier may be reduced for misconduct ?
    1. By Article 15
    2. By Court Martial
    3. Conviction by a civil court

  7. What are the normal TIS and TIG requirements for promotion to PFC ?
    TIS: 12 months
    TIG: 4 months

  8. What are the normal TIS and TIG requirements for promotion to SPC ?
    TIS: 24 months
    TIG: 4 months

  9. What are the objectives of the Army promotion system ?
    Fill requirements with the best-qualified soldiers
    Provide an equitable and just system that will objectively consider all qualified soldiers
    Recognize the best qualified soldier and thereby attract and retain the highest caliber solder for a career in the Army

  10. What is the maximum number of waivers that may be requested when recommending a soldier for promotion ?
    Two

  11. Who has the authority to administratively reduce soldiers in the grades E-2 through E-9 ?
    E4 and below: Company Commander or higher
    E5 - E6: Battalion Commander (O-5 or higher)
    E7 - E9: Brigade Commander (O-6 or higher)

  12. What are the three levels of promotion ?
    1. Unit level
    2. Semi-centralized
    3. DA centralized

  13. Promotion to SGT/SSG represents what level of promotion ?
    Semi-centralized

  14. An administrative reevaluation may be requested at any time for soldiers who believe they have increased their latest promotion score by __ or more points.
    20

  15. How many "zones" are there for promotion to SGT and SSG ?
    Two:
    1. Primary zone (PZ)
    2. Secondary zone (SZ)

  16. In the event that you have 20 or more points to add, when are you eligible for promotion using the new points ?
    On the first day of the third month following the date your request for reevaluation was received at the PSC.

  17. What are the TIS and TIG requirements for promotion to SGT ?
    Time in service: 36 months (PZ); 18 months (SZ)
    Time in grade: 8 months (PZ); 4 months (SZ)

  18. What are the TIS and TIG requirements for promotion to SSG ?
    Time in service: 84 months (PZ); 48 months (SZ)
    Time in grade: 10 months (PZ); 5 months (SZ)

  19. Who has the authority to promote soldiers in the grades E2 through E9 ?
    E4 and below: Unit Commander
    E5 - E6: Battalion Commander (O-5 or higher)
    E7 - E9: The commanders of an Army Command (ARCOM)/General Officer Command (GOCOM)/Reserve Support Command (RSC), and a Commanding General of a command outside the OCONUS.

  20. What is a "total" reevaluation ?
    A total reevaluation includes the entire process - from the commander's recommendation to the promotion board and administrative points.

  21. What is the time requirement for board appearance for both the SGT and SSG board as of the first day of the board month ?
    (AR 600-8-19, Table 3-3) SGT
    Board "Primary Zone" - 34 months TIS and 6 months TIMIG.
    Board "Secondary Zone" - 16 months TIS and 4 months TIMIG.
    Board "Primary Zone" - 82 months TIS and 8 months TIMIG.
    Board "Secondary Zone" - 46 months TIS and 5 months TIMIG.

  22. When may a soldier request a total reevaluation ?
    6 months after the latest board appearance, reevaluation or re-computation

  23. When is a soldier promoted to PV2 ?
    When they complete 6 months of active Federal Service, unless the commander stops it.

  24. What are the two types of promotion point reevaluations ?
    Administrative and total

  25. What is the composition of a promotion board ?
    There must be at least three voting members and a recorder without a vote.

  26. What are the three types of promotion point worksheets ?
    1. Initial
    2. Reevaluation
    3. Re-computation .

  27. What is the NCOES requirement for promotion to SGM ? SFC ? SSG ? SGT ?
    SGM: Must be a graduate of ANCOC
    SFC: Must be a graduate of BNCOC
    SSG: Must be a graduate of PLDC
    SGT: Must be a graduate of None

  28. Who sits on a promotion board ?
    The board may be comprised of all officers, all non-commissioned officers or mixed.
    In all cases, members must be senior in grade to those being considered for promotion.

  29. What is DA Form 3355 ?
    DA Form 3355 is the promotion point worksheet, which must be completed when appearing before promotion boards, re-computation or reevaluating promotion points.

  30. Soldiers are required to have their promotion points recomputed at least how often ?
    Once per year.

  31. Who is the president of the promotion board ?
    The senior member of the board.

  32. When should soldiers be recommended for promotion ?
    Only after they develop the skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of the next higher grade.

  33. What is the maximum number of points possible on the Promotion Point Worksheet (DA Form 3355) ?
    800 points

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