The Army has delayed a policy change that will terminate 16 promotion points for soldiers competing for sergeant stripes.
The policy to delete points from Structured Self-Development, or SSD-1, will take effect July 1, six months later than planned.
The promotion point changes are related to a Jan. 1 policy change that makes SSD-1 completion a requirement for promotion to sergeant in the Regular Army and the Army Reserve component of the Active Guard and Reserve.
The delay in enacting the policy gives promotable specialists and corporals extra time to make up for the pending loss of points. To regain a competitive edge, soldiers can enroll in other computer-based courses, such as those in the Army Correspondence Course Program and Army eLearning Program, sources said.
As a consequence of the rule change, soldiers must be SSD-1 graduates to reside on the sergeant selection list, and compete for promotion to sergeant under the cutoff scores system.
Soldiers who have completed the Warrior Leader Course are considered to have met the minimum eligibility requirement for promotion, and will not be removed from the selection list.
Concurrent with the policy change, the Army will stop awarding 16 promotion points for SSD-1, as the 80-hour online course is a minimum eligibility requirement for promotion, and everyone on the recommended list will be graduates of the course.
The later change will be implemented with July promotions, so that promotion point totals for soldiers advancing to sergeant July 1 will not include 16 points for SSD-1 completion.
To ensure that July promotion points are correctly calculated, Human Resources Command on June 4 will remove SSD-1 from the correspondence course computation table. Both the order of merit lists and the announced cutoff scores for July 1 will be created and compiled without SSD-1 points.
Soldiers who already are graduates of a higher level of Structured Self-Development, such as SSD-3, will continue to receive promotion points for that training.