Posted on Apr 12, 2016
SFC Randy Purham
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What are your thoughts on Centralized promotion boards being moved to installation level with quotas per MOS, in-person interviews, and technical/tactical testing incorporated. I think this would remove a lot of bias and favoritism when selection at the Senior-level is made at the local and more scrutinized manner.
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SFC Operations Nco
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I believe every member needs to pass an Army wide SQT first.
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SFC Randy Purham
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How/What would that look like?
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The Soldier has to pass an Army multiple choice test geared toward progression to the next higher pay grade in their specified MOS. Then they can go to a board to make sure the member is prepared to be a leader in the next higher pay grade.
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SFC Randy Purham
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I like that idea.
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The Navy does something similar for the Chief Selection Boards... Only the Top 60% move onto the actual board based on Eval "scores" and your rating/MOS specific test....
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SGM Matthew Quick
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Remove bias/favoritism? Why the lack of trust in centralized promotion boards.
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SFC Randy Purham
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SGM Matthew Quick, I wouldn't say its a trust issue. I think there could be better fidelity in the process. I, as well as you, I'm sure, have seen selections that were without a shadow of a doubt based on a name game and who-knew-who. Not that its a bad thing either, but the culminating result in a lot of those cases were unqualified leadership or inexperienced leadership being selected because they were part of the "circle". There are several in my field that were "groomed" to excel over others. Its a known thing, and makes some want to be part of this circle, so they go to no ends to make that happen. This could also alleviate some of the affirmative action scenarios as well in some MOS CMFs.
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SGM Matthew Quick
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SFC Randy Purham - What makes you think that this kind of behavior wouldn't occur, if not even more so, at the installation level?
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SFC Randy Purham
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SGM Matthew Quick - I think with the mixture of the panel by making it MOS immaterial it takes the preference and recognition out of the equation.
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SGM David W. Carr  LOM, DMSM  MP SGT
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I think that there is no perfect promotion system when indivuals with personal preconceived ideas are involved. many times there are repeat board members, low density MOS might not have any representation.

I kicked a Signal CSM without proper clearance off my secure site in Somalia. She sat on 3 SGM boards. I was a non selectee on all 3. I was the only 74Z SGM Academy Graduate.

I was a 74Z Information Systems Chief coming up,as a 74F Computer Programmer. Many times there is no one in my field and if there was it was probable from the feeder MOSs of computer or TCC operators much less technical fields.

It did suck to sit on the 2001 E-8 promotion list for 2 years and even get selected for the USASMA while waiting on the list. Then see people on the 2003 list get promoted before I did.
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