Version 2 / 7min read / Updated Thu 12 May 2022 / 1184 views / of verified
Introduction to Promotions
For enlisted ranks from Recruit to Master Specialist, promotions are based on activity, conduct and experience. Progression is driven primarily based on combat and field exercise experience. Once a minimum threshold is met, officers will be notified and manual checks for conduct and other listed requirements for that rank will be made. Once all requirements for promotion are met, superiors in that persons Chain of Command will raise a report recommending promotion.
A table of the requirements for each rank may be found below.
|Rank||First Requirement||Second Requirement||Third Requirement|
|Pvt||Private||Tier II Core Infantry||n/a||n/a|
|PFC||Private First Class||75/25||6 (or 5 w/GC) months ATIU||4 (or 3 w/GC) months ATIG|
|SP3||Specialist 3rd Class||150/50||12 (or 10 w/GC) months ATIU||5 (or 3 w/GC) months ATIG|
|SP2||Specialist 2nd Class||300/100||19 (or 15 w/GC) months ATIU||5 (or 3 w/GC) months ATIG|
|SP1||Specialist 1st Class||400/125||27 (or 22 w/GC) months ATIU||6 (or 5 w/GC) months ATIG|
|SPC||Specialist||500/150||36 (or 29 w/GC) months ATIU||7 (or 5 w/GC) months ATIG|
|MSP||Master Specialist||600/175||46 (or 37 w/GC) months ATIU||8 (or 6 w/GC) months ATIG|
|CMS||Chief Master Specialist||700/200 (unique rank)||56 (or 48 w/GC) months ATIU||8 (or 6 w/GC) months ATIG|
For the first requirement where two numbers are given these are the minimum total operational/FTX hours to atttain that rank. For the second requirement ATIU refers to active time in unit and for the third requirement ATIG refers to active time in current grade before being eligible for promotion. In both the second and third requirements the timeframe is shorter with good conduct (GC).
As the report reaches the closest officer in the persons chain of command, the promotion will be authorised and made effective. Some officers can only promote up to a certain rank so in some cases promotions will need to be raised to more senior officers, or the Commanding Officer.
For ranks of the grade E-4 and above which form part of the organisational chain of command, a robust selection process is followed, promotions are not guaranteed or predictable since promotions are billet based. The selection process aims to inform all those eligible and interested that a selection is taking place and then to ensure that all information on the best candidate is considered so a decision can be made.
Role/Grade - the rank being selected
Eligibility - the requirements to apply
Deadline - the cut-off date for applications
Candidate review period - a period where the ORGCOC discusses the candidates
Selection - the board decision
Feedback - feedback is issued to all candidates
Effective Date - the date the promotion is effective from
A typical selection process takes 17 days, as outlined below. In some cases, the Commanding Officer will expedite a selection process if an urgent vacancy must be filled. Fast-track selections may take 7 days or less.
|Deadline||for 7 days after notification|
|Candidate review period||for 7 days after deadline|
|Selection||for 1 day after Candidate review period|
|Feedback||for 1 day after Selection|
|Effective date||for 1 day after Feedback|
UNITAF Standard Operating procedures (SOP) are adapted primarly from US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). Our written and audio procedures are a combination of the following primary source materials, as well as our own learnings, modifications and adaptations:
- US Army Techniques Publication, Infantry Platoon and Squad (ATP 3-21.8)
- Soldier’s Manual of Common Tasks Warrior Leader Skills Level 2, 3, and 4 (STP 21-24-SMCT)
- The Warrior Ethos and Soldier Combat Skills (FM 3-21.75 / FM 21-75)
- Leadership Development (FM 6-22)
- Dyslexi's Tactics, Techniques, & Procedures for Arma 3 (TTP3)