Posted on Oct 15, 2020
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I have been a SSG for a little over two years and I had a few question regarding promotion to SFC:

1. How do I check the OML? I have searched and searched and cannot find any information about how to proceed.

2. How long until my first look?

3. I realize that a DA Photo is part of the requirements (I will have one taken as soon as I can), but since I do not have SLC, will I even get looked at?

Thank you for all of the help.
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SFC Retention Operations Nco
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You Really need to sit down with a mentor and go over this and your board packet. I think it's safe to assume you don't have one, so I'll give you an overview of the process and where to find what you need.

The promotion board for Senior NCOs meets once a year for each rank. Right now, HRC is getting ready for the SFC Evaluation board which will evaluate E7's for promotion to E8.

You can find out when the SSG Evaluation board will meet by going to the Enlisted Promotions page on HRC to see the Board schedule, or on the Promotion Branch page on HRC. A few months prior to the evaluation board a MILPER message will be announced stating who will and will not be eligible to be evaluated. If the message for your board has been released it will be attached to the board schedule.

The MILPER will give you a time line of events. There is a board file you can log into that will have your ERB somewhat redacted, all your awards, evuations, and any derogatory information such as GOMORs as well. You have a certain amount of time before your board file closes before you can fix your ERB, and ensure all your records are in your file.

The board members will evaluate your record on several metrics and give you a score. Each member will vote on your record. There is an instructional video on the promotion page thst explains the process if you're interested, it's worth learning about.

You and your peers will be ranked against each other in an OML. You don't have an OML number because you haven't been boarded. Sequence numbers are no lo ger used. You will reboard every year and receive a new OML ranking every year. Your OML standing determines who gets first seats at SLC. The OML works exactly the same as promotion points for E5. Each month HRC decides how many people to pickup and they announce it on the 25th of the month. On the first they pin if they have the associated NCOES complete.
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SFC Student Service Ncoic/Hr Nco
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SFC Boyd, outstanding explanation!!!!
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SSG (Join to see) - The OML will do quite a few things. To include:
7.A. ALL FY19 NCO PROMOTION BOARDS WILL USE A SOLDIER'S OML STANDING TO ESTABLISH PROMOTION SEQUENCE NUMBERS INSTEAD OF TIME IN GRADE AND TIME IN SERVICE.
7.C. NCO EVALUATION BOARDS WILL EVALUATE SOLDIERS ANNUALLY WITH A MISSION TO CREATE AN OML FOR USE TO INFORM A MYRIAD OF HR DECISIONS, ESTABLISHING SOLDIERS AS FQ OR NFQ. THE ARMY INTENDS TO USE THESE OMLS TO TRANSITION FROM TIME-BASED TO MERIT-BASED DECISION PROCESSES.
7.G. THE ARMY WILL USE THE OML TO INFORM A SLATING PROCESS FOR BN/BDE CSM AND ELIGIBILITY FOR NOMINATIVE CSM/SGM CONSIDERATION.
7.H. THE ARMY WILL USE AN NCO EVALUATION BOARD'S OML TO INFORM EARLY ATTENDANCE TO PME COURSES IN AN EFFORT TO QUALIFY THOSE FROM THE TOP OF THE OML FOR PROMOTION.
7.J. THE ARMY WILL USE THE OML TO INFORM ASSIGNMENT DECISIONS (SUCH AS KEY DEVELOPMENT AND BROADENING).

Just expanding on what was provided by SFC (Join to see).
Reference: ALARACT 031/2019
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SSG Master Driver
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SFC (Join to see) yeah I saw the most recent milper message in regards to the staff sergeant evaluation board. I’ve got another year to wait I missed the DOR by 4 months
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SSG (Join to see) the DA Photo is no longer a requirement for the "Evaluation board." The OML number is located in your ACT. There's a tab that says "OML number." You will receive the number after the board has convened. You become eligible at 18 months TIG, but you cannot pin E7 until 36 months TIG. You will get looked at, and you will receive a OML number for as long as you are fully qualified. If you are not fully qualified you will have no number in the OML, at which point, you either fix yourself or you will receive a separation date to leave the service. I must add, as a SSG with over two years TIG, you should be more familiar with the promotion process, this lack of knowledge reflects poorly on you .
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MSG (Join to see) So I need my BCs sign-off to get an updated photo for the command team wall. Good to know
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MSG Inspector General
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SFC (Join to see) not for the command photo, just the DA photo.
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SFC Vet Technician
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MSG (Join to see) I was going to use DA until I got a proper command taken
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SSG(P) Operations Sergeant
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Oh man, I remember trying to find this post a year ago so I could comment but couldn't find it again. SSG Holden has a point and both MSG Arguello and SFC Boyd are incorrect, at least in terms of mentorship, but they're spot on with the changes to the promotion system. MSG Arguello's last comment was disrespectful of SSG Smith's position and so was SFC Boyd's comment on his lack of a mentor. Is it frustrating when someone doesn't put in the work to understand what they are asking? Yes. We don't know if that's the case with SSG Smith, but I could understand the perception. But it doesn't matter, we lead people. PERIOD. We build trust through respect, we inspire and facilitate greater understanding, and we support people with the tools to get the job done whether it's the first time we've met them or the fiftieth. It doesn't matter how we get them; it only matters where we take them. If anyone would like to discuss FM 6-22, they can absolutely reach out.
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Milper Message for SSG Evaluation board came out this week, look it up.
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