For the past 60 years, the benchmarks for promoting officers in the Army
have remained virtually unchanged. To meet today’s complex operational environment,
the Officer Personnel Management System Task Force
is calling for more flexibility in the promotion time line.
We’re promoting officers just like all the services.
By law, we have certain time points that we promote all the officers, and that’s
inflexible. It can move a little bit, but all the services
have a window they have to promote within. Can we build a little bit more flexibility
in that window so an officer will have more time to do education,
more time to do development, more time to take some other assignments or
slow their pace down a little bit if they’ve been coming off a deployment or
working within the ARFORGEN model, if we can build some flexibility in there
so the officers can do other things.