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    Army Noncommissioned Officers May No Longer Get Promoted Before Required Schooling Under New Policy

    Army Noncommissioned Officers May No Longer Get Promoted Before Required Schooling Under New Policy

    The is dramatically scaling back a two-year-old policy that allowed noncommissioned officers to be promoted before they attended an academy required for their next rank, according to a policy memo recently issued to the .

    In January, active-duty enlisted soldiers and their full-time counterparts in the Army Reserve will no longer be able to be promoted before attending schools such as the Advanced Leader Course, or ALC, required for promotion from sergeant to staff sergeant. The return to the status quo goes into effect for the Army National Guard and part-time reserve enlisted soldiers beginning in October 2024.

    Those courses were required to be completed before promotions until late 2021, when issues including a capacity problem at the academies, aggravated by the -19 pandemic, made it difficult to get troops through the education pipeline. Soldiers who were given promotions prior to the required schooling had a year to complete their education or be reduced to their previous rank.

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    But the service isn't outright terminating temporary promotions and is leaving a lot of latitude for commanders to promote their NCOs ahead of attending school.

    NCOs may still get an early promotion if the rank for their job in the Army falls below an “acceptable level,” according to the policy memo outlining the…

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