WASHINGTON — The Army is revising its centralized promotion board processes to deliver “the right person, at the right job, at the right time,” according to Army G-1 officials. The Army will spend the next three to four years implementing an improved merit-based promotion system, said retired Sgt. Maj. Gerald Purcell, personnel policy integrator for NCO professional development with Army G-1. The effort centers on a transition from time-based to merit-based policies and practices. Further, the change ensures that the best-qualified Soldier will be the first one eligible for promotion, Purcell said. “This is the first major overhaul to our enlisted centralized promotion board in the 50 years we’ve conducted them,” said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Dan Dailey. “We will see a number of benefits with these changes, but the most important one will be the impact to readiness.”

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