As a Commander or Small Unit Leader in the Army National Guard or Army Reserves you should familiarize yourself with AR 600-8-19. This Army Regulation covers Enlisted Promotions and Reductions. It is a wonderful resource. If nothing else, you should get a copy of AR 600-8-19 and add it to your leader’s library in case you ever need to reference it.
The regulation consists of 10 chapters and provides in depth information about every aspect of enlisted promotions in the Army. I would consider it an “Enlisted Promotions Bible.” In the paragraphs below, I will give you an overview of how AR 600-8-19 is organized.
Chapter 1: Introduction
This chapter provides an overview of the promotion system in the Army for enlisted personnel. It discusses promotion authorities, dates of rank, security clearance requirements, promotion ceremonies, posthumous promotions and tons of other information.
Chapter 2: Decentralized Promotions
This chapter talks about processing enlisted promotions from E2 to E4. It also discusses how to fix erroneous promotions and how to compute waiver allocations.
Chapter 3: Semi-centralized Promotions (SGT-SSG)
This chapter covers promotions for E5s and E6s in the Army. It covers promotion packets, minimum time in grade, waiver authority and more.
Chapter 4: Centralized Promotions (SFC-CSM)
This chapter covers promotions for senior enlisted in the rank of SFC to CSM. It covers the promotion board process, basic requirements, service requirements, the promotion list and much more.
Chapter 5: Promotion of U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers Assigned to Troop Program Units, Army Reserve Elements, or Multi-Component Commands or Units
This is an in depth chapter for promotions in the Army Reserve. It discusses how soldiers are selected for promotion, what the process is and what the requirements are.
Chapter 6: Promotion of Individual Ready Reserve, IMA and Standby Reserve personnel
This helpful chapter teaches you about promotions in the IRR. It discusses how it works, the requirements and what soldiers need to do to get promoted.
Chapter 7: Enlisted Promotions and Reduction of Army National Guard Personnel
This is a wonderful resource for leaders in the Army National Guard. The chapter discusses all aspects of promotions, who is responsible for what and how the process works.
Chapter 8: Promotion of Special Band Persons
Learn more about how band persons can get promoted quickly and what the steps are to do it.
Chapter 9: Merit Promotions
This talks about merit programs for parachutists, recruiters and gunsmiths in the Army.
Chapter 10: Reductions in Grade
Learn the process of reducing soldiers in grade/rank. Find out what you can and can’t do and what the required steps are to reduce a soldier in rank.
As you can see, AR 600-8-19 is an important resource for any Small Unit Leader. If you are a Small Unit Leader, I would highly recommend that you get a copy of this Army Regulation and spend a few hours reading through it to educate yourself.
If you have any questions or comments about AR 600-8-19, you can post them below. This is a great resource, so I recommend you use it.