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Specialists, corporals and sergeants who do not measure up to promotion standards, but who are on the Army-wide sergeant and staff sergeant lists, automatically will be removed from those rosters under new procedures that take effect in November.
The new quality-control procedures apply to E-4s and E-5s who were not boarded by their local chain of command, but who automatically were placed in promotable status when they reached certain time-in-service and time-in-grade measures.
Under the Command List Integration program, active component specialists and corporals who have not been boarded, but who otherwise are eligible for promotion, are placed on the E-5 recommended list when they reach 46 months of service and 10 months time-in-grade.
Sergeants qualify for CLI when they reach 82 months time-in-service, and 10 months time-in-grade, and have graduated from the Warrior Leader Course.
Under Army policy, units are responsible for removing CLI soldiers from the recommended lists when they do not meet administrative requirements or continue to meet standards for promotion, such as having a bar to re-enlistment, a records flag that suspends favorable personnel action or has an expired PT score or fails a PT.
Despite the requirement for units to screen CLI soldiers on a monthly basis, the Human Resources Command determined in September that “a large number of CLI soldiers” were erroneously listed on the sergeant and staff sergeant lists, according to a message issued to the field Oct. 7.
The command has since conducted a scrub of those lists to remove ineligible soldiers. These soldiers only can regain promotable status by being boarded or rescreened for CLI.
In late November HRC will implement an automated list maintenance process to automatically remove ineligible CLI soldiers from the sergeant and staff sergeant lists on a daily basis.
As of late September, there were nearly 30,000 soldiers on the active component sergeant and staff sergeant lists. The vast majority of those soldiers are in compliance with promotion standards, officials said.