The main purpose of the Qualitative Retention Board is to determine retention potential and acceptability for reenlistment or extension of enlistment. In general, the qualitative retention board provides a review, about every two years of Soldiers serving in National Guard units and Army Reserves who have 20+ years of qualifying Service for non-regular retired pay and who are within the zones of consideration and are not excluded from consideration. The primary purpose behind the QRB program is to ensure that:
- Ensure only the best qualified Soldiers are retained beyond 20 years of qualifying service for non-regular retired pay (i.e. These soldiers will be retained for continuing assignment to the comparatively few senior NCO positions).
- Ensure an opportunity for advancement to the higher grades during the peak years of a Soldier’s effectiveness.
- Provide the command with a tool to control enlisted personnel inventory and manage career progression.
The State Adjutant Generals (NG) and Area Commanders (AR) often hold QRBs during January, February, or March of any given year when the numbers and grades of enlisted Soldiers within the state or command inhibit or deter the objectives listed above. The board will examine the record of each Soldier within the zone of consideration which includes the following requirements:
- At least 20 years of qualifying service for non-regular retired pay as determined under provisions of AR 135–180,
- Previously selected for retention but whose commander has referred them to the board for revalidation of their retained status.
- Previously selected for retention but the board recommended that the Soldier’s file be reviewed the following year.
As Officers, we can do the following to help ensure that our Soldiers are given the best support going into a Qualitative Retention Board:
- Ensure that Soldiers’ records are maintained for accurate and equitable board appraisal.
- Announce the time and location of the annual qualitative retention board to all subordinate commands.
- Issue instructions to subordinate units for submitting required records and information.
- Refer personnel records to the board.
- Provide required administrative support.
- Approve or disapprove the board report.
- Issue selection or non-selection memorandums within 30 days following approval of the board report.
For more information, check out AR 135-205!
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