A Description of U.S. Enlisted Personnel Promotion Systems

by Stephanie Williamson

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The U.S. armed services have different methods and processes for promoting enlisted personnel. All of the services, however, aim to ensure that promotion outcomes correspond to substantive differences in personnel quality. This report provides a snapshot of how the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force go about measuring duty performance, leadership potential, experience, knowledge, and skills to determine who among its enlisted force merits promotion, when they are eligible for promotion, and at what level promotion decisions are made. This report provides an overview of the enlisted promotion system in the 1990s as retention issues again move to the forefront of Defense Department concerns.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Army Enlisted Promotion

  • Chapter Three

    Navy Enlisted Promotion

  • Chapter Four

    Marine Corps Enlisted Promotion

  • Chapter Five

    Air Force Enlisted Promotion

  • Appendix A

    Paygrade, General Title, and Abbreviations

  • Appendix B

    Award and Decoration Points

  • Appendix C

    Army Promotion Point Worksheet

  • Appendix D

    Air Force Enlisted Performance Reports

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