Army Changes 2012

Part 1

Want to know what's brewing in the Army? The unofficial account of the Army's quarterly board of directors meeting was held March 2012. The Sergeant Major of the Army, Raymond F. Chandler III, discussed many revisions, updates, and changes proposed for some Army regulations and business ethics more becoming to the United States Army. Major changes are to include a revision of Army regulation 670-1 (Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia).

Here is a comprehensive list of minutes on subjects discussed at the meeting. Some things will go into effect, a few items will drop, and others will be replaced and/or modified in order to comply with the law and the needs of the service.

The Nominative Command Sergeant Major/Sergeant Major (CSM/SGM) Program Process Update

1. Prior to competing for a Nominative position, EFMP will be up to date or packet will not be

2. If a CSM/SGM is under investigation, that CSM will not be eligible to
compete for nominative positions until the investigation is complete.

3. Open slate reports will ONLY be distributed to the SMAs BOD, no further sub-distribution is

4. PCORD dates will be assigned to all Nominative CSM positions, tour lengths will be: 1-2
star- 24 months with an option of 36 by formal requet from the Commander through the SMAs
office, 3-4 star positions will be 36 months.


CSM/SGMs need to remain consistent with retirement decisions. There have been too
many requests for extensions/exceptions to policy. SMA will not support extensions on
retirements generated from declining CSL or refusing to PCS/move from a position.

6. Future nomination candidates will be screened for compliance on their unit's SSD
completion, NCOES backlog, HT/WT program and statistics and APFT.

SMA will make
decisions based upon this information on whether the candidate will be eligible to compete for
nominative positions in the future.

Non-Commissioned Officer Evaluation Reports (NCOER) UPDATE

1. MANY changes are coming to the new NCOER. Final product should be complete by April.
The timeline for implementation following that has not been established but shooting for

2. New NCOER will be aligned with the new leadership doctrine {ADRP 6-22) and designed to
prevent 'inflation'.

3. The new NCOER will be designed to generate proper counseling. The new regulation will
require the Senior Rater to conduct counseling at least twice during the rating period as well as
inspect the rater's quarterly counseling.

4. One addition that was voted on is that the Senior Enlisted Advisor will review the report and
sign verifying that it was reviewed__ this is still under contention and review and up for

5. Rater will be limited to two blocks on each of the rated areas ("success or needs
improvement" or something to that effect, exact terminology was not decided upon during the
BOD). This will replace the old choices of "excellence, success, needs improvement (some), and
needs improvement (much).

6. The NCOER will be the same for E-5 thru E-8, but the board recommended a different form
for E-9. The E-9 form will include recommendations from the Senior Rater on whether the
CSM/SGM should compete for increased positions of responsibility and at what level. The exact
format was not detrmined by the board; this will be completed by the working group. (I'll have
some examples for you at MHS).

7. The Board recommended that the senior rater should "quantify" or "rank" the rated individual
against his/her peers. Exact procedures on how this will be done are still being worked.

Non-Commissioned Officer Education System (NCOES) & Height/Weight/Army Physical Fitness Test (HT/WT/APFT)

1. The Board voted to add the APFT and HT/WT test back into all NCOES and some other

2. Both the APFT and the HT/WT will be a graduation requirement.

3. Individuals who fail to successfully pass the APFT or meet the standards outlined in AR 600-
9 will fail to meet course standards and will subsequently fail the course. The indiv's 1059 will
reflect failure.

4. Every Soldier that starts the course will be enrolled. If a Soldier fails to meet any course
standard the 1059 will reflect this failure. No more "turn aways" prior to the start of the course.

5. The board recommended that some form of reprimand should be given to the Chain of
Command of any Soldiers that reports to school and fails to meet APFT and/or HT/WT. Officers
and NCO's that sign the commander's checklist should be held accountable. This is pending
legal review.

6. the Board recommended that the regulation should be changed to require units to update
APFT and HT/WT data within E-MILPO on a regular basis. No requirement currently exists.


1. SMA is concerned about the number of Soldiers that have not completed SSD. He made it
clear that leaders need to make this a PRIORITY.

2. Beginning 1 Oct 2012, Soldiers MUST complete the appropriate SSD level prior to attending
NCOES. No waivers will be given for failing to complete the appropriate level of SSD. (If you
didn't know, they have 3 years to complete each level)

3. SMA wants to conduct periodic reviews of the lessons within the SSD. SMA asked the BOD
members to come prepared to do a deep dive into the lessons on each SSD level for the next
BOD meeting. (I will be taking all levels of SSD prior to that)***

4. Launch buttons will be added to AKO home page and the Army Career Tracker (ACT) to
facilitate ease of use of SSD.

5. Another note was that leaders are NOT educating Soldiers on SSD.

6. We need to preach College of the American Soldier!

7. WLC is being looked at because the field wants the 30 course back.... There are 2 pilots
being done end of March: Ft. Hood – 22 days and Ft. Bliss- 17 days

SSD Codes for Promotion are as follows:



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