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20 boards in 2014 to screen for retention

Aug. 24, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
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More than 20 boards will meet in the coming year to consider active and reserve soldiers for retention, early retirement and involuntary separation as part of the fiscal 2014 selection board agenda recently updated by the Army.

All noncommissioned officer boards that meet in 2014 will screen select populations of soldiers for possible involuntary separation under terms of the Qualitative Service Program and the Qualitative Management Program. The QSP is a tool for reducing the senior NCO populations of overstrength specialties, while QMP is a denial-of-service process for senior NCOs who have derogatory information in their official personnel files.

More than 100 boards will meet during the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 to consider officers and noncommissioned officers for such career-enhancing actions as promotion, command and service school attendance, as well as strength management and quality-control measures related to selective continuation and early retirement for officers.

The boards will also screen for involuntary release of senior NCOs in overstrength specialties and possibly force out senior NCOs who fall short of performance and behavior standards.

The newly updated board schedule includes several boards meeting this fall that will focus on selecting senior leaders, to include major generals and brigadier generals for the Regular Army, National Guard and Army Reserve.

Master sergeant promotion boards for the Regular Army and Active Guard and Reserve also will meet in the fall, as will boards to select captains of the Army Competitive Category for promotion to major, and resident attendance at Intermediate Level Education courses.

The annual National Guard and Army Reserve Army Promotion List majors board is set for March. Other Regular Army and Active Guard and Reserve boards will meet in February to select NCOs for promotion to sergeant first class, and in June to select master sergeants for attendance at the Sergeants Major Course and eventual promotion to sergeant major.

Within the officer corps, basic-branch lieutenants of the Active Guard and Reserve will be considered for promotion to captain in late October and early November, and Army Competitive Category and Army Medical Department O-2s in April. Warrant officers will be considered for advancement to chief warrant officer 3 through 5 by boards that meet in April.

Battalion-level command boards for the Army Competitive Category will meet in September, while brigade-level equivalents will meet in January. Command sergeant major boards will meet in November and December.

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