A policy change takes effect Tuesday that will terminate 16 promotion points for specialists and corporals hoping to advance to sergeant.
The points were previously awarded for completion of Structured Self Development 1, which is now a requirement for promotion to E-5 in the Regular Army, Guard and Reserve.
Initially the points-elimination policy was to take effect Jan. 1 but was delayed six months to give promotable specialists and corporals extra time to make up for the pending loss of points.
To regain a competitive edge, soldiers were urged to enroll in other computer-based courses, such as those in the Army Correspondence Course Program and the Army eLearning Program.
As a consequence of the rule change, soldiers must be SSD-1 graduates to reside on the sergeant selection list, and compete for promotion to sergeant under the cutoff scores system.
Under the policy change that takes effect Tuesday, specialists and corporals who have completed the Warrior Leader Course are considered to have met the minimum eligibility requirement for promotion to sergeant, and will not be removed from the E-5 list.
To ensure that July promotion points are correctly calculated, the Human Resources Command removed SSD-1 from the correspondence course computation table in early June.
Both the order-of-merit lists and the announced cutoff scores that take effect Tuesday will be created and compiled without SSD-1 points.
No points for SSD-2
No promotion points will be awarded for any level of SSD, including the new SSD-2 course. SSD-2, over the next several months, will replace the common core phase of the Advanced Leader Course in the Army’s lineup of professional military education courses for NCOs.
SSD-2 will be required before a sergeant can be eligible for recommendation for promotion to staff sergeant and integration onto the Armywide E-6 list.
Promotable sergeants, meaning soldiers who already have been integrated onto the E-6 list, must complete SSD-2 or the common core phase of the Advanced Leader Course by Jan. 8, to retain their promotable status.
Soldiers who fail to complete SSD-2 automatically will be removed from the staff sergeant list.