Policy: Promotions and Selections - Administration - United Task Force (UNITAF) Arma 3

P15-154 Policy: Promotions and Selections

UNITAF / Arma 3 / Administration Procedures

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Introduction to Promotions

In UNITAF promotions relate to changes in a persons rank or grade. Promotions are authorised by Officers and only Officers have the authority to promote members above the rank of Recruit and beyond.

Enlisted 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
Rec   Rec Recruit Induction/Intake n/a n/a
  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.


Selection Boards

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.

Typically 7 days from the effective date, command staff will issue a notification of a selection, this announcement will only be delivered to those eligible to apply.
The notification will contain the following information:
  • 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
Candidate Review
After the application deadline, a summary candidate list will be distributed to anyone who is currently at the selection rank or higher at the time of selection. For example, in a Corporal (E-4) selection process, all current Corporals (E-4) and higher will be notified of the Candidates. In a Sergeant (E-5) selection, only active Sergeants will be informed of the candidates. All those informed are able to provide supporting or opposing comments, to support or oppose each candidates application during the candidate review period. Supporting and opposing comments are sent directly up the chain of command, usually to Headquarters but this is at the discretion of the selection board and will be made clear during the notification of selection.
Selection Board
The selection board is the group of Officers tasked with selecting successful applicants from unsuccessful applicants. The selection board meet on the selection date and using information from applications and supporting and opposing comments, narrow the candidate field until a selection is made. Selection itself is according to merit, and many factors are considered in selection. Nothing in this policy affects the requirements of any other policy, including rank requirements, and ORGCOC requirements. During the selection process, the board will summarise feedback for all candidates. The selection board make an official recommendation to the Commanding Officer, the Commanding Officer must approve the promotion for it to be effective, following which the promotion is confirmed in principle.
All candidates whom were not selected, are informed and issued feedback via their Chain of Command, feedback is provided in a summary from the board.
Effective Date
The selection process is now complete and the successful candidate is informed.

Selection Timelines

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.

Process Timeline
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)

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