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SENIOR

ENLISTED
CENTRALIZED
SELECTION
BOARD
PREPARATION
GUIDE

Prepared By:
SSG John W. Russell
MS III Instructor / Training NCO
University of Houston Army ROTC
Table of Contents
Section Page Number

Board Information Guide……………………………………………..……...……...1-6

Stand By Advisory Board (STAB).....................................................…............7-10

Board Preparation Information…………………………………….…….............11-12

Reviewing Board Information……………………………………………..………….13

Letter to the President of the Board Format and Tips………………...............14-15

Evaluations, Selections and Promotions Division POCs………………………16-18

Process to add documents to you OMPF………………….………….… ……..19-21

iPERMS / OMPF FAQ………………………………………………...…………..22-26

DA photo tips……………………………………………………………..………...27-29

Example STAB packet…………………………………………………………….30-32

Reference ALARACT Messages Page Number

202/2008 ASU Implementation Instructions…………………………………….33-39

203/2010 Changes to wear policy for identification badges (CSIB)………….40-42


BOARD INFORMATION GUIDE

Senior Enlisted Centralized Selection Boards - How Do They Work?

What do they do?

The Centralized Enlisted Promotion Selection System has been described as a fair
and comprehensive selection and promotion system. A number of foreign
governments have used it as a model for their own promotion systems. It is a system
that has passed the test of time and been refined to the point that it is safe to say
every Soldier in the zone of consideration receives equal consideration for
promotion. The purpose of this article is to provide you an overview of how the
selection system works and answer questions that you may have concerning how
you can best prepare for promotion.

First, let’s discuss how a board works. Centralized selection boards are held at the
Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, KY. The mission of the boards is to
select the best qualified NCO for promotion to the next rank.

To accomplish that mission the Chief of Staff, Army (CSA) selects a general officer
to preside over the board. The general officer Board President is assisted by 11 or
12 full colonels, 7 lieutenant colonels and over 45 CSMs and SGMs who are all
selected by HQDA. These senior leaders are broken down by specialty into 11 or 12
panels. Each panel is required to review promotion files of Soldiers from specific
career management fields (CMFs). The board members do not know the number of
Soldiers they are selecting until they have reviewed (voted) all the files on Soldiers in
the zone of consideration. They do this by rank order, from best qualified to least
qualified for each MOS.

OK, that’s ‘what’ they do. Now, how exactly do they do it?

Prior to looking at or reviewing any file, board members are given a comprehensive
orientation on the board process, evaluations reports, and detailed written guidance
from the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1 and the various branch proponents. The G-
1’s “Memorandum of Instruction” gives them specific guidance on how to conduct
themselves during the board process. The proponents provide specific guidance on
the unique qualifications Soldiers should possess to be the most competitive for
selection.

With this information and their own experience, the board members determine, as a
group, what attributes make a Soldier best qualified for selection using a numbering
system from a low of 1 to a high of 6. This set of standards is agreed to by each
panel member and is the criteria used to vote each file throughout the board
process.

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What then, exactly, do board members use to vote on the Soldier?

The most important document in the promotion file is the Official Military Personnel
File (OMPF). Within the OMPF, board members look primarily at each evaluation
report, i.e., EERs, AERs, and NCOERs. They generally review all reports and place
emphasis on the current grade or the last five years. The board also has access to
the official photo, the Promotion Enlisted Record Brief (ERB), and whatever
correspondence the Soldier forwards to the board president.

Typically, when a voting member is given a Soldier’s record to vote, they first look at
the photo to make sure it is recent and in the serving grade. They want to look at the
Soldier’s appearance and have it in their “minds eye” as they read the narratives
contained in the evaluation reports. A photograph speaks volumes. Having no
photograph or one that is not in the current grade implies that a Soldier simply does
not care about his or her career. Next they review the ERB – this can be a daunting
task if it does not compare with the OMPF.

Having seen the photo, looked at the OMPF, and the personnel data, the board
member then votes the file based on the standards they set earlier. This is an
important point: Your record is voted against the standards set by the members of
your panel. That way, the first record voted is graded against the same criteria as the
last record voted, and all the Soldiers in the panel receive the same “treatment” as all
others.

An equally important point is that even though there are four to eight members on
each panel only three of them vote each record. Voters are selected randomly by a
computer program. They vote the record independently of each other and are not
allowed to discuss the file with any other voting member of the board. Voting
members with personal knowledge of misdeeds not reflected in the record are bound
to report that knowledge to appropriate officials, but may not divulge personal
information about you to other members. In fact, at the beginning of each board, the
members take an oath not to do so!

When all the voting is done, then all the Soldiers are rank-ordered from the highest
to the lowest score. What determines who gets promoted and who doesn’t is specific
select objectives provided by HQDA for each MOS. They may only select the
number of NCOs for promotion by MOS that the Army projects it will need over the
next 12 months.

Boards cannot select every NCO that they find fully qualified for promotion. Because
of this, competition for promotion can be tough and the condition of your records can
make the difference.

The board applies those numbers to the order of merit list for each MOS. The
highest scoring Soldiers that fall within the designated requirement are identified as
the selects. A series of rosters are then prepared and authenticated, and the list is
forwarded to HQDA.

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Preparing for a DA Centralized Enlisted Selection Board

So with that as a background, lets answer the burning question on you mind, “How
can I best prepare for a selection board? Based on feedback we have received from
board members over the years these are areas you should focus on.
Career: Take the hard jobs and do them well. If you go to a TDA job, get back with
troops as soon as possible. Regardless what jobs you have, do them well. The
NCOER is the most important document in your file and the one, when combined
with your assignment history, which carries the greatest weight.

Take Care of Your File:

OMPF:You have a responsibility to ensure your records are up to date and ready for
review by the selection board. If it isn’t right you are to blame. With OMPF Online the
task of getting a copy of your OMPF has been eliminated. Now you can go online
and see your actual file, real time. All you need is an AKO account and password to
access the OMPF Online website. Go to https://ompf.hoffman.army.mil to access
your OMPF. Look at it and compare it to your personal paper files. If it is incomplete,
then submit the missing documents through your S1/MPD/Mil HR office.

Official Photograph:Since you cannot appear in person before a centralized board,


your individual photograph represents you. The regulation says to have a photo
taken every five years or a change in your status. However, if you are serious about
promotion get a new photo. No photo in current grade means you have a slim
chance of selection. A poor quality photo also can affect your chance of selection.
The bottom line - whenever possible, get a new photo for a selection board.

Enlisted Record Brief (ERB):The data information counterpart to the OMPF. You
should review and authenticate your Promotion ERB prior to every board. Look
carefully at each item on the ERB to ensure the data is there and accurate. Once
you are confident that it is correct, then validate it and keep a copy for your records.
When you are in the zone of consideration for a board, you can view and validate
your Promotion ERB online at the DA Secretariat website.

Memorandum to the President of the Board: Golden Rule, only write a letter if
your file is missing something of significance, to point out a current assignment that
can not be documented in a NCOER or to explain a particular event in your career.
DO NOT write a letter just to tell the board they should select you. Your record will
speak for itself. A random memorandum seldom generates a positive outcome. If
you have to write remember to be brief, factual, and prepared in memorandum
format (AR 25-50). You should only include information that is not contained in your
OMPF. Memos must be addressed to the board president and they must include
your SSN and signature. Remember memos to the Board President should not be
used to express grievances, to justify past misconduct, or to boast about yourself.
Also, extraneous documents already filed on the OMPF or that are not authorized for
filing should not be enclosed.

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Before mailing, have someone else review your memo for content, flow, format, as
well as for grammar and spelling errors.
For more information concerning boards, visit the DA Secretariat web site at
https://www.hrc.army.mil/site/active/tagd/msdsecretariat/enlistedboards/enlistedboar
ds.htm. Your local S-1/MPD/Mil HR office will help with questions or problems
concerning the update of your records.
Remember, the Army's Enlisted Centralized Promotion/Selection process is fair and
equitable. However, the decisions made by these boards are only as good as the
information provided to them. A section containing more tips on writing a
memorandum to the president of the board as well as an example format is also
contained in this guide.

Good Luck!

Start Early For Promotions

Preparation for promotion is an everyday task. The process is affected by how NCOs
conduct themselves as Soldiers; how well they do their job; how they approach
problems and challenges; how they interact with superiors, peers, and subordinates;
and how they seek self improvement.

Soldiers should work on preparing for promotion two grades up, for example, a PFC
should be doing the things needed to be ready for the SGT board. Continually work
on areas like military and civilian education, improving APFT score, and improving
BRM scores. Soldiers should start seeking the tough jobs early in their career and
keep doing it. Waiting until the right time or the last minute before a board will be too
late.

Soldiers need to work on education from the day they come in the Army, this is
important no matter what their career plans are. Taking Army correspondence
courses and enrolling in college courses whenever their duties allow. Volunteering
for any military training and skill courses that are available also helps. Everything a
Soldier does to show their enthusiasm to excel and improve their value and abilities
counts for each promotion.

NCOs should strive to be the very best in whatever position they are assigned to.
They will receive an NCOER for every position they hold and every report can affect
competitiveness. The quality of our Army’s NCO Corps is extremely high and
competition is tough. Unfortunately, everyone that a promotion board finds fully
qualified cannot be promoted. The Army can only select and promote the number of
NCOs that it needs by MOS, therefore, selection boards are charged with picking the
“best qualified” NCOs and this is not an easy task.

Each board leaves thousands of very qualified NCOs unselected based on the
needs of the Army. Board members themselves wish that they could pick more
because of the high quality they see in the records of very deserving Soldiers.

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NCOs need to review their Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) regularly. That has
been made easy with the advent of OMPF Online. OMPF Online is available to all
Soldiers with an AKO account and password via https://ompf.hoffman.army.mil.

NCOs should review their file carefully to ensure that all NCOERs, AERs, award
certificates, and other authorized documents are properly posted. Missing
documents should be sent in to update the OMPF. Another item to check is the
photograph.
The photograph provides board members a visual representation of the NCO so it is
important that it be current, that their uniform fits correctly, and that all authorized
awards and decorations are properly displayed.

As mentioned, many great NCOs are not promoted each year because of the needs
of the Army. NCOs who are not selected for promotion should do a couple of things.
First, they should make an appointment with their Command Sergeant Major or
Sergeant Major and ask him or her to review their record with them. NCOs should
not just ask why they didn’t get promoted, they should ask them to point out the
strengths and weaknesses in the file and for their opinion on how well their NCOERs
have been written over time.

When an NCO has a good file (and most do) and they just ask “Why didn’t I get
promoted?” The typical answer is “You have a good file and I think you should have
been promoted, I don’t know why not”. No matter how good the NCO’s OMPF
portrays them, they should ask what else they can do to make themselves more
competitive. Something shined brighter in the records of those who were selected.
Think about what you have done in the areas mentioned above and strive to improve
anything, whether it is education or a tough assignment, to make yourself as
competitive as possible. NCOs can also write to their career branch at HRC. Again,
they shouldn’t just ask why they didn’t get promoted. They should request an
analysis of their records in comparison to their peers that have been selected for
promotion and ask them for suggestions that may help make them more competitive.
Areas to ask for comparisons in are assignments, duty positions, awards, military
and civilian schools, special skills, and any other areas that they can think of to
compare. S-1/MPD/Mil HR offices have the addresses for HRC’s career branches.

Again, the authorized strength of the Army does not allow boards to select every
NCO that is considered "fully qualified" for promotion or selection. Based on Army
needs, selection boards can only select those NCOs who are found to be the "best
qualified".

DA Senior Enlisted Selection Board Myths and Facts

Myth: It is recommended that you personally visit HRC to review your Official Military
Personnel File (OMPF) because board members are told who came to HRC to
review their records and who did not.

Fact: This myth is false. Board members are NOT told who did or did not visit HRC.
They have much more critical information to review and many important tasks to

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accomplish. Also, it would be unfair to consider this type of information because the
majority of the NCOs considered by a board do not have the opportunity to travel to
HRC. Board members want NCOs to review their OMPF and make sure it is
accurate. They do not care or know how they accomplished it. NCOs should review
their OMPF On-Line.

Myth: There are quotas that each board must meet for the various ethnic categories
and for females. Such as, the board had to promote X number of blacks, X number
of Hispanics, and X number of females.

Fact: This myth is false. The mission of each senior enlisted selection board is to
select the best qualified NCOs for promotion in each MOS - period. Once the best
qualified NCOs are identified based on the select objectives provided by DA, the
board results are not changed. The board does NOT go back and move anyone up
or down on the order of merit list based on ethnic or gender quotas.
Myth: Board members only review the last five NCOERs in each file.

Fact: This myth is false. Board members are provided the Performance portion of
the Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) that contains all evaluation reports
(EER/NCOER/AER), training data, commendatory data, and any disciplinary data
that was directed for file in the performance section. While the NCOERs in the
current grade or the last five years probably carry the most weight, board members
see all reports.

Myth: Board members talk to each other about the records while they vote on them.
Fact: This myth is false. Board members set specific voting standards within each
panel before voting begins using the “whole Soldier concept”. Categories include
performance, potential, assignments; military and civilian education; awards; APFT
and height/weight; and disciplinary info. Once agreed to and approved by the Board
President, these standards are used to vote each file independently under the “blind
voting concept”. This means each panel member votes each file against the
standards he or she has agreed to and no discussion of records is allowed during
this process.

Myth: You will not be considered by a selection board if you have a local flag in
effect.

Fact: This myth is false. NCOs who have a suspension of favorable personnel action
(FLAG) in effect are still eligible for consideration by senior enlisted selection boards.
NCOs who are selected who may have a FLAG in effect are promoted only if the
FLAG is favorably lifted.

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Army Standby Advisory Board (STAB)

Purpose:

The purpose is to present procedures and criteria for requesting promotion STAB.
The STAB is not a selection or promotion board but an advisory body convened to
make recommendations on individual cases regarding promotion or removal from a
current recommended list, ref: AR 600-8-19, paragraphs 4-13, 4-15, 4-17 and
tables 4-3 and 4-4. (See sample STAB packet.)

Facts:

A STAB will convene for all grades during each regularly scheduled DA Centralized
Promotion Selection Board. All HQDA approved cases are processed and forwarded
to Soldier Record Data Center (SRDC) NLT the convening date of the board.

a. The STAB considers records:

- From the primary and secondary zones omitted by a regular board.

- From a primary zone that were not properly constituted due to a


material error when reviewed by a regular board or where official
changes were made in records.

- Of those recommended Soldiers on whom derogatory information


has developed that may warrant removal from a recommended list.

b. Reconsideration normally will be granted when one or more of the following


conditions existed on the performance microfiche of a Soldier's OMPF at the
time it was reviewed by a promotion selection board.

- An adverse NCO Evaluation Report (NCOER) or Academic


Evaluation Report reviewed by a board was subsequently declared
invalid in whole or in part, and was determined by the Enlisted Special
Review Board to constitute a material error.

- An adverse document (Article 15, court-martial, etc.) belonging to


another Soldier is filed on the performance fiche of the non-select's
OMPF, and such document was seen by the board.

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- An Article 15 administered on or after 1 September 1979 which was
designated for file in the MPRJ only, but was erroneously filed on the
performance fiche of the OMPF and was reviewed by the board.

- Court-martial orders were filed on the performance fiche of the


OMPF when the findings were "not guilty."

- A document was filed on the performance fiche of the OMPF which


erroneously identified the non-select as AWOL or a deserter when
reviewed by the board.

- Receipt of a degree (AA, BA, BS) not recorded on the performance


fiche or the qualification record, or was not seen in hard copy by the
board. Only college degrees awarded by an accredited college or
university (shown on official transcript dated prior to the board) will be
considered. The date of the transcript and awarding of the degree will
not be older than 3 months before the convening date of the board.

- An award of a Meritorious Service Medal (initial award only) or higher


not recorded on the performance fiche or qualification record, or not
reviewed in hard copy by the board. The date used for determination
of reconsideration will be the date of the order or the effective date,
whichever is later, and will not be older than 3 months before the
convening date of the board.

- An annual or change of rater NCOER which was received at


USAEREC early enough for processing and filing before the
convening date of the promotion selection board was not reviewed. 75
days must be allowed between the thru date of the NCOER and the
convening date of the board for processing.

- An individual who was reclassified was considered for SFC, MSG or


SGM in the old MOS.

c. The following items do not constitute material error and reconsideration will
not be granted: NOTE: This is not "an all inclusive list."

- Omission of letters of appreciation, commendation, congratulations


or other similar commendatory correspondence.

- Documents which are not derogatory having been filed on the wrong
performance fiche of the OMPF.

- Absence of documents written, prepared or computed following


convening of a board.

- Incorrect data in the personnel record reviewed by the Soldier prior to


the record being forwarded to the board.

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- Absence of personnel record.

- Absence of an official photograph or the presence of an outdated


photograph.

- Absence of an award for achievement or meritorious service lower


than the Meritorious Service Medal.

- Absence of documents not authorized to be filed in the performance


fiche of the OMPF under AR 600-8-104.

- Absence of completion of an NCOES course unless it is a criteria for


promotion consideration, i.e., ALC, SLC, and the course was
completed prior to the convening date of the board.

- A complete the record NCOER is an optional report and the absence


of this report will not, under any circumstances, be a basis for
reconsideration.

d. The following procedures will be followed when processing a request for


STAB:

- All requests will be sent through the chain of command and the
servicing S1 and/or MPD.

- Each case will be evaluated by the chain of command and servicing


S1 and/or MPD using the guidelines in AR 600-8-19, paragraph 4-13
and AR 600-8-104. Cases clearly not meeting these guidelines will not
be forwarded. They will be returned within the chain of command on
determination of STAB ineligibility.

- Correspondence (for example, letters of appreciation, citation, or


recommendation) and documents dated subsequent to the convening
date of the requested STAB will not be forwarded as part of the case.

- The S1 or MPD will send the case (include a certified true copy of the
DA Forms 2A and 2-1 or ERB) to U.S. Army Human Resources
Command ATTN: ESPD, Promotions Branch, HRC-PDV-PE, 1600
Spearhead Division Avenue, Dept #470, Fort Knox, KY 40122-5407.
Correspondence will not be addressed to the presidents of DA
promotion selection boards. Removal cases will be sent in
duplicate.

- For faster processing, submit requests to


Hrc.Tagd.Stab.EnlistedPromotions@conus.army.mil.

e. STAB results:

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- A Soldier's chain of command is notified via e-mail of the result.
STAB results are separate from centralized results and are not
published on the HRC Website. Also, please note that STAB results
are not released in conjunction with centralized boards

POC:

The POC is the Senior Enlisted Promotions, COML: (502) 613-9014 or DSN: 983-
9014; e-mail address Hrc.Tagd.Stab.EnlistedPromotions@conus.army.mil.

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BOARD PREPARATION INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION:
Assume you are preparing for a DA Selection Board; ask yourself how you can best
prepare for the board.

The centralized selection system relies on information contained in your OMPF, your
official photograph and your Enlisted Record Brief (ERB). These documents must
portray an accurate profile of your performance and potential. Although the OMPF is
used for other personnel management actions throughout your career, you must
realize that the accuracy of the information on your OMPF may determine whether or
not a board selects you for promotion.

The results of any selection board are no more valid than the information upon which
the board bases its judgment. For that reason, it is important that you personally
ensure your file is current and accurate before a selection board reviews it. You
must prepare your records with the same attention to detail as you would if you were
preparing to appear before the board in person, you will greatly enhance your
chance for selection. Board members have the following items to review: your
OMPF, Promotion ERB, Correspondence to the President of the Board, and your
Official Photograph. These are explained below along with Discrepancies.

The Personnel Data Snapshot provides SGTs and above with the following pertinent
board information:

Current Photo on File:


Board Information
NCO-ER Data
NCO-ER Appeal Data
Letters to BP
Acceptance / Declination Actions

ENLISTED RECORDS BRIEF:


If you are in a zone of consideration for an upcoming board, you should review your
Promotion ERB on-line at the HRC website. Your Promotion ERB contains your data
from eMILPO. With the ERB, board members can see, at a glance, your history of
assignments, military schooling, promotion dates etc.

You must ensure all of the information on this document is accurate to avoid
confusing anyone who reviews your file. Your attention to detail will eliminate any
confusion. After reviewing your ERB, you must certify its accuracy by validating it.
Remember, your servicing S1/PSB/MPD maintains your ERB, so see them for any
changes.

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CORRESPONDENCE TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD:
Memorandums to the president of the selection board are seen by voting members
of the board. You may write to the board president to call attention to any matter that
you feel is important to your consideration. The memorandum should be very brief,
well-written and carefully proofread.

OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH:
Official photographs are not part of the OMPF. All selection boards see your current
DAPMIS photograph, if available. Board members use your photograph in their
decision process. Many board members view the photograph as a soldier's personal
statement of professionalism to the board.

Although the regulation (AR 640-30) requires a photograph every five years and
when promoted there is no regulation against having one made sooner. If you have
lost weight, have new awards and/or decorations or have a better fitting uniform
since your last photograph, you may want to have a new one taken. Ensure that the
photograph is current and sharp, that your image does not blend with the
background and that you ensure your information, located in the top right corner is
accurate. A sloppy appearance, unauthorized awards and decorations or appearing
to be overweight could affect your chances for selection. A missing photograph may
also mislead board members to believe that you are apathetic or are trying to hide
something (overweight?).

DISCREPANCIES:
The following are some common discrepancies found by DA Enlisted Selection
Boards in the OMPFs of soldiers. These are not inclusive of every discrepancy
however, they are offered simply as a tool to use when reviewing your files.

1. Missing/outdated photographs.
2. Missing or incomplete ERB data.
3. Missing NCOER.
4. Height and weight differences - getting taller as you gain weight.
5. Blank or incorrect PMOS/SMOS/BASD/DOR.
6. P3 profile with no MMRB.
7. Blank or incorrect military/civilian education entries.
8. Wearing of unauthorized badges, tabs, awards and decorations.

SUMMARY:
Six months prior to your promotion board's convene date, you should begin getting
your records in order.

See the Short Notes When Reviewing your OMPF page for some guidelines to help
you review and prepare your file. Your file is appearing before the board in your
place; take your time and make sure it is complete and accurate. Three parts of your
file -- your photograph, your OMPF and your Promotion ERB -- contain more than 95
percent of the information on which the selection board members will decide whether

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or not to select you for promotion, school attendance or QMP. You must not ignore
the importance of that fact. REVIEW YOUR FILE!

REVIEWING BOARD INFORMATION

1. What to look for when you review your OMPF:

- Make sure all EER/NCO-ER/AERs are on file.


- Check to ensure all authorized awards are filed.
- Review old Article(s) 15s for possible transfer to restricted fiche, IAW AR 27-10
- Verify college transcripts are on file.
- Verify all documents pertain to you and not someone else.

2. Official Photograph responsibilities:

Soldier/Chain of Command
Current Photo

Military Appearance
- Hair/Moustache
- Weight

Uniform
- Fit/Press
- Shoes
- Sleeves/Trousers/Skirt Correct length
- Shirt/Blouse
- Tie/Neck Tab

Accouterments
- Brass -- Patches/Tabs
- Crests -- Chevrons
- Awards -- O/S Bars
- Badges -- Service Stripes

Stand at Position of Attention

Photo Lab
- Lighting
- Shadows
- Glare
- Position
- Background
- Focus
- Photo Processing

3. When reviewing your Promotion ERB for selection boards, place special
emphasis on the following information:

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NAME, SSN, GRADE, DOR, PMOS, SMOS, MIL ED, CIV ED, DOB, and BASD

Memorandum to the President of the Board:

The Golden Rule, only write a letter if your file is missing something of significance,
to point out a current assignment that can not be documented in a NCOER or to
explain a particular event in your career. DO NOT write a letter just to tell the board
they should select you. Your record will speak for itself. A random memorandum
seldom generates a positive outcome. If you have to write remember to be brief,
factual, and prepared in memorandum format (AR 25-50). You should only
include information that is not contained in your OMPF. Memos must be addressed
to the board president and they must include your SSN and signature. Remember
memos to the Board President should not be used to express grievances, to justify
past misconduct, or to boast about yourself. Also, extraneous documents already
filed on the OMPF or that are not authorized for filing should not be enclosed. Before
mailing, have someone else review your memo for content, flow, format, as well as
for grammar and spelling errors.

Remember to avoid the “Kiss of death” when writing letters to the president of the
board. Examples of the kiss of death would include the following. Do not try to justify
past misconduct or express grievances. Do not complain about fellow NCOs who
have been promoted. Do not whine about how you were overlooked the last time and
finally don't criticize your boss for giving you a less than satisfactory evaluation. Do
not boast about your achievements. Do not attach extra documents unless they are
not contained in your file AND they bear some significant weight that would influence
the judgment of the board. Finally, do not forget to sign the letter.

See the following page for memorandum example:

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DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
ORGANIZATIONAL NAME / TITLE
CITY, STATE AND ZIP CODE

OFFICE SYMBOL DATE

MEMORANDUM FOR President, (Appropriate) Selection Board, c/o Commander, HRC, ATTN: AHRC-PDV-SE, 1600
Spearhead Division Ave, Dept 471, Ft Knox, KY 40122-5407

SUBJECT: Memorandum to the President of the Board

1. When writing to the President of the Board, address only those issues important enough to impact on your selection.
Try to keep your memorandum short and to the point. The following rules apply in order for your memorandum to be seen
by the board:

a. Communications containing criticism of or reflecting upon the character, conduct or motives of any individual will
not be provided to the board.

b. Memorandum must be addressed to the President of the Board.

c. Your full social security number (SSN) must be included, preferably in the signature block of the memorandum.
The memorandum must also be signed.

d. Your memorandum must be received not later than the document cutoff date. Your servicing personnel office can
tell you when the cutoff date for a particular board is designated.

2. You may attach enclosures that you feel will have an impact on your selection. The enclosures are considered
privileged correspondence and become a permanent part of the board record. The memorandums are not used to update
the Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) after the board adjourns. All memorandums and enclosures are screened and
all unauthorized documents are removed and destroyed. Some of the documents that may not be attached as enclosures
are:

a. Incomplete appeals such as NCO-ER, AER, Court Martial and Article 15.

b. Copies of NCO-ERs. Only originals processed through your servicing personnel office to USAEREC will be seen
by the board.

3. Questions concerning your promotion consideration can be answered by your servicing personnel office. You can
review information concerning documents received at USAEREC by logging on the EREC (HRC Indianapolis) website at
https://www.hrc.army.mil/site/EREC/index.htm and clicking on My Personnel Data Snapshot.

# ENCLOSURES YOUR NAME


1. (LIST ENCLOSURES HERE) RANK, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
2. _______________________ UNIT

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Evaluations, Selections and Promotions Division - Points of Contact

Evaluations, Selections and Promotions Division


Office Web Address and/or Locations Phone DSN #
Website https://www.hrc.army.mil/site/active/tagd/MSD/Msdweb.htm
Chief Fort Knox, HRCoE, 2-1-27 502-613-8765 983
Secretary Fort Knox, HRCoE, 2-1-27 502-613-8748 983

Promotions Branch
Office Web Address and/or Locations Phone DSN #
Website https://www.hrc.army.mil/site/active/select/Promo.htm
Chief, DA
Fort Knox 502-613-8759 983
Promotions
Officer
Promotions e- TAPCMSPO@conus.army.mil 502-613-8666 983
mail
Enlisted
Promotions-JR AHRCMSPE1@us.army.mil 502-613-9013 983
Issues
Enlisted
Promotions- AHRCMSPE2@us.army.mil 502-613-8683 983
STAB
Enlisted
502-613-9014 /
Promotions-SR AHRCMSPE3@us.army.mil 983
9015
Issues
Enlisted
Promotions- AHRCMSPE4@us.army.mil
Other Issues
Special Actions Hoff II, 5S69, ALX 703-325-4111 221
USAR Special (314) 592-0000
AHRC-MSL-B, STL 892
Actions x45447

Selections Branch
Office Web Address and/or Locations Phone DSN #
Website https://www.hrc.army.mil/site/active/select/Promo.htm
Chief Fort Knox, HRCoE 3-1-050 502-613-8808 983
XO Fort Knox, HRCoE 3-1-050 502-613-8804 983
Admin Asst Fort Knox, HRCoE 3-1-050 502-613-8766 983
SGM Fort Knox, HRCoE 3-1-050 502-613-8809 983
Board
Fort Knox, HRCoE 3-1-050 502-613-8787 983
Support Chief
OPS Chief Fort Knox, HRCoE 3-1-050 502-613-8813 983

Evaluations Branch

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Office Web Address and/or Locations Phone DSN #
Website https://www.hrc.army.mil/site/active/tagd/MSD/ESO/eso.htm
Office e-
mail hrc.tagd.evalpolicy@conus.army.mil
address
Chief Fort Knox, HRCoE, 2-1-27 502-613-9019 983
OER
Fort Knox, HRCoE, 2-1-27 502-613-9019 983
Policy
NCOER
Fort Knox, HRCoE, 2-1-27 502-613-9019 983
Policy
Team # Fort Knox, HRCoE, 2-1-27 502-613-9019 983
Appeals
hrc.tagd.evalappeals@conus.army.mil 502-613-9022 983
Section

POC phone numbers NOT listed on the HRC website:

Senior Enlisted Board File Manager:


Mr. Bob Wagner 502-613-8787

iPERMS online Team:


Mrs. Misty Boswell 502-613-9081
Mrs. Loretta Pfaff 502-613-8973

Mailing Address:
US Army Human Resources Command
Attn: AHRC-PDV-E (for Policy); AHRC-PDV-ER (for Hard Copy Evals); or AHRC-
PDV-EA (for Appeals)
1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Dept #470
Fort Knox, KY 40122-5407

Reports Processing Office

Working from three separate locations, the Evaluation Reports Branch is focused on
receiving and processing all OER, NCOER (except NCOER for ARNG), & AER so
quality documents can be placed in the Soldier OMPF quickly. Primary focus is first
placed on evaluations needed for near term boards and then move to all other
reports.

If you are interested in establishing the receipt, or progress, of a particular evaluation


at HRC, use the many reports contained within Interactive Web Response System
(IWRS). This online application is designed to provide S1/HR managers (or persons
with interest) with admin information. As of 1 May 2008 it reflects information on
NCOER when the NCO is in the Regular Army or USAR. Please note the date visible
in the upper left hand corner of IWRS as this date reflects the "load date" (which is
the date we have visibility of all reports received up to and on this date regardless of
method of submission.) Any evaluation received by HRC after this date is there but it
is not yet visible to anyone. They will become visible to you as soon as HRC loads all
the reports received after that date.

If you have a correction to an evaluation that is visible in IWRS and in any status

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other than Working or Completed please email the correct information along with
rated Soldier's Rank, Full Name, THRU date on report, and SSN if possible, to
hrc.tagd.evalpolicy@conus.army.mil. HRCwill forward that email to an examiner to
review, correct in house if possible, and get the evaluation moving again.

HRC sometimes processes AERs manually. If it's in the OMPF and not visible in
IWRS -- that's OK.

TO ADD DOCUMENTS:

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The following memorandum was generated by following the steps at the link
below.

Go to https://www.hrc.army.mil select the tools and self-service button. Go to


iPERMS. It is the third column, third row. Log into iPERMS then go to the Help
tab, go to the Add a Document tab. See the screen shot below…..select the
NEXT button to auto generate the memorandum……JUST FOLLOW THE
INSTRUCTIONS. Although this is an automatically generated memorandum, this
is NOT an automated request to add documents. You must mail the documents
and memorandum to the address listed on the memorandum or go through your
local PSB.

Click here first……


Then here.

NEXT

MEMORANDUM

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Date: Wed Dec 1 11:27:23 CST 2010
To: AHRC-PDR-R
Arthur Piel
1600 Spearhead Division Avenue
Ft Knox, KY 40122-5407
From: Joe Soldier
1775 Squared Away Lane
Promoteme, NJ
Subject: Request to add document(s) to my Official Military Personnel File
(OMPF)

Please add the attached document(s) to my Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). I have reviewed the
document(s) and find them to be clean, legible, and correct. I have also confirmed that my correct Social
Security Number is clearly visible on each document.

My current biographical information is as follows:

Full Name: Joe Soldier


SSN: 123-45-6789
Rank:
Address:
City: State: ZIP: -
COML Phone: () -
DSN Phone: -
Email:

I certify that the information I have provided on this memorandum and on the attached document(s) is true
and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Signature of requester required:

(Signature)
Typed Name Date

To make a correction:

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Follow the same link listed above, go to the help tab and select the make a
correction drop down. This IS an automated request and it will be sent to the
iPERMS online team. Your request will be processed within three to five days of the
completion of the request. Once again, go to make a correction selection on the left
side of the screen on the help tab and click NEXT at the bottom of the screen……
Then just follow the instructions.

Can I order a copy of my microfiche via the World Wide Web?

Given the capability to view your records through iPERMS Online, this service
is no longer provided.

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Should I send original documents or can I send copies to be filed in my
record?

If you need to add a document to your record or correct a document in your


record, you need to send a legible copy (rather than the original). Note that you
should consult the "OMPF Document Filing Ready Reference" prior to sending
any document to ensure that you are not sending in an unauthorized
document.

Can I get a copy of my record on a CD instead of microfiche

No; this method is cost prohibitive. However, OMPF records are available
online to all soldiers; this method offers a much faster and more efficient
means of providing soldiers access to documents in their records. When
viewing your record from iPERMS Online, you can download your entire
record to your hard drive or a CD.

Why does it take so long to get a document into my record?

There are several different stages a document must pass through before it can
be filed. First, the Military Personnel Records Clerk decides whether a
document is authorized, complete, and legible enough to be filed (e.g., not too
dark or too light, etc.). After being approved for filing, the document is
scanned, indexed, verified, and inserted into the Records Management System
(RMS). When a document is scanned, a digital image is created and placed in
the RMS for later retrieval.

Why does it sometimes take so long for an evaluation report to get added
to my record?

In the event an evaluation report is received during the time your record is
being reviewed (or due to be reviewed) by a HQDA Secretariat
Promotion/Selection Board, the evaluation report is transmitted in hard-copy
format (printed on paper) directly to the Board and becomes part of your
promotion Board file. Consequently, documents reviewed by the Board in
hard-copy format may not be incorporated into your electronic record until the
official results of the Board are released. Although there are many documents
authorized for filing in the OMPF, not all are considered for promotion
purposes.

Documents Considered for Promotion

• Evaluation Reports
• Education and Training Documents
• Civilian Documents

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o College credits must be verified against an official
transcript. Transcripts must have the registrar's signature and
school seal. College transcripts are only filed in the OMPF of
enlisted soldiers and Special Branch officers (e.g., AMEDD,
Chaplain, and JAG). For Special Branch officers, only transcripts
showing completion of a degree (e.g., BA, BS, MBA, etc.) or
completion of a program are filed. For all other Army officers,
college transcripts are not filed in the OMPF.
• Military Documents
o Diplomas
o Training certificates
o Course-completion notices from schools listed in DA PAM
351-4
o Training documents from other services
• Awards and Decorations
o Award certificates
o Orders, memorandums, and letters awarding medals,
badges, and tabs
o Certificates of appreciation, achievement and
commendation
o Approved foreign awards, badges, sand tabs
o Letters of commendation, appreciation, and achievement
when signed by the proper authority (refer to AR 600-8-104 or the
OMPF Document Filing Ready Reference extract).
• Disciplinary Documents
o Articles 15 that have been designated for filing in the
Performance section of the OMPF
o Courts-Martial when individual has been found guilty
o Letters of Reprimand when designated for filing in the
Performance section of the OMPF

Submitting Documents

When submitting documents, ensure that they are authorized, have the
soldier's SSN annotated on each page, and are legible (i.e., not too dark or too
light). If they cannot be read, they cannot be added to the Records
Management System (RMS).

Forward only one copy of the document. Submitting extra copies slows down
the process and causes unwanted duplications. If you are concerned about
receipt of your documents by the records center, you may wish to use "track
and confirm" services offered by the U.S. Postal Service or other express-mail
service providers.

Documents recently approved for filing in the OMPF:


• Awards
o Certificate of Cold War Recognition
o Presidential Service Certificate

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• Schools
o U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive
Medicine (U.S. Army Environmental Hygiene Agency); Aberdeen
Proving Ground, MD
o Joint Medical Readiness Training Center
o Army Medical Department Center and School
o U.S. Army National Training Center (individual training
certificate only); Fort Irwin, CA
o Office of the Inspector General (OIG)
o U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense;
Fort Wainwright, AK
o Department of Defense Security Institute (DoDSI)
o National Security Agency (NSA)
o Joint Military Intelligence Training Center (JMITC)
o Army Family Team Building Program
o Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation
(WHINSEC; replaces School of the Americas); Fort Benning, GA
o U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC); Fort Knox, KY

OMPF Document Filing Ready Reference

The purpose of this easy-to-read list is to provide a ready-reference of those


documents that can and cannot be filed in your Official Military Personnel File
(OMPF). For a more complete list of authorized documents refer to AR 600-8-
104 or the OMPF Document Filing Ready Reference extract.

Authorized Documents

• Performance Section
• Evaluation Reports
o Evaluation Reports: OERs (DA Form 67 series) and
EER/NCOERs (DA Form 2166 series)
o Academic Evaluation Reports: AERs (DA Form 1059)
• Education and Training
o Official College Transcripts (with Registrar's signature and
school seal visible):
 College transcripts are only filed in the OMPF of
enlisted soldiers and Special Branch officers (e.g.,
AMEDD, Chaplain, and JAG). For Special Branch officers,
only transcripts showing completion of a degree (e.g., BA,
BS, MBA, etc.) or completion of a program are filed. For all
other Army officers, college transcripts are not filed in the
OMPF.
o Military Correspondence Course Completion Certificates
(e.g., Army Institute for Professional Development "certificate of
completion")

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o Departments of the Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps
Training Certificates
o Naval Correspondence Course Completion Certificate,
(e.g., Mathematics Part I)
o U.S. Air Force Correspondence Course Completion
Certificate (e.g., Crisis Response Management)
o Military Course Completion Certificates (issuing school
must be listed in DA PAM 351-4); examples of approved schools
include
 U.S. Army Signal School
 U.S. Army Intelligence Center & School
 U.S. Army Training Center; Fort Leonard Wood, MO
 NCO Academy (Field Artillery, Ordnance, Infantry,
etc.)
o Commendatory
 Award Orders for Good Conduct Medal, Air Assault
Badge, Airborne Badge, Driver's Badge, Diving Badge, etc.
 Award Certificates for Meritorious and Valor Medals
 DA Forms 638 are not authorized for filing unless
the award was downgraded or disapproved.
 Certificates of Achievement, Appreciation, or
Commendation
o Disciplinary
 Article 15 (directed for filing in the Performance
Section)
 General Officer Letters/Memorandums of Reprimand
(directed for filing in the OMPF)
 Court-Martial Orders (when found guilty of at least
one charge)
• Service
o Enlistment Contract
o Reenlistment Contract(s)
o Extensions of Enlistment, waivers of enlistment or
reenlistment contracts, and statements of declination
o Promotion Orders
o DD Forms 214 (if prior service)
• General Administrative
o Classified Nondisclosure Statements
o Name Change Authorizations
• Restricted Section
o Article 15 (directed for filing in the Restricted Section)
o Court-Martial Orders (when found not guilty of all charges)
o Army Board for Correction of Military Records (ABCMR)
correspondence
o Evaluation Report Appeal correspondence
o Other historical documents as required by regulations

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Unauthorized Documents

The following are examples of documents that are routinely sent to the record
custodian but are NOT AUTHORIZED for filing in the OMPF. (Note:
Unauthorized documents are not returned to the sender due to mailing costs.)

• Certificates of Training not listed in DA PAM 351-4


• ITC Training and German Headstart
• Time Management Courses
• Stress Management Courses
• Counseling Techniques Courses
• Unit Awards (e.g., Army Superior Unit Award, Meritorious Unit
Commendation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award,
etc.)
o These awards are posted to your ORB, ERB, and/or DA
Form 2-1, but are not filed in the OMPF.
• Orders awarding or changing an MOS or skill identifier
• Illegible documents
• Individual college grade reports
• Subcourse completion notices
• Scrolls of appreciation
• CLEP test results
• Regimental affiliations; for example,
o Order of the Spur
o Samuel Sharpe Award
o Order of Saint Barbara
o Red Newman Award
o Horatio Gates Award
• Audie Murphy and Sergeant Morales Club Induction Certificates
• Certificates of Participation, Recognition, or Athletic
Achievement
• GT score results
• APFT score cards
• Student agreements

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DA Photo Tips

This is your "hand shake" with the board members. The impact of the photo
certainly depends on the discretion of the individual board member, but there is no
doubt that while a good photo may not help you on a board, a poor photo can
certainly hurt. Board members expect to see a sharply dressed soldier with good
military bearing, a clean hair cut, and correctly worn decorations. Anything less is a
negative discriminator. It is the soldier's responsibility to correctly wear all their
authorized awards and decorations and that their uniform is clean, pressed and fitted
correctly. Selection boards see your current DAPMIS photograph, if available when
considering promotion. Board members use your photograph in their decision
process. Many board members view the photograph as a soldier's personal
statement of professionalism to the board. Army Regulation 640-30 states that
photos are valid for five (5) years. Fort Bragg policy allows Soldiers to have ONE
photo per year unless there has been a significant change to the uniform as outlined
in AR 640-30. New unit patches, service stripes or awards lower than an ARCOM
are NOT justifiable reasons for a new photo within one calendar year. Soldiers
should check their ERB/ORB BEFORE having their photo taken. Soldiers can then
set up their uniform to match their ERB/ORB. Only authorized Visual Information
(VI) activities may take official DA Photographs, as required by AR 640-30. A digital
file copy WILL NOT be issued to the customer. Reshoots will only be done if images
are damaged or if major discrepancies are identified, such as unacceptable levels of
moire or stairstepping (pixilation of edges) in digital photographs. Natural wrinkles
from wearing the uniform are acceptable and are not justification for a reshoot. IAW
AR 64-30 (Sep 2008) Soldiers will only be granted re-shoots if there is an error
caused by the photographer. (No re-shoots for mistakes made by Soldiers) The best
measure you can take to ensure a quality DA photo is taken is to review AR 64-30
and take someone with you to spot check your uniform before the photo. Keep in
mind that your awards may lay on your uniform differently when you wear it that than
it did when you put it together.

CHECK FOR
• All authorized permanent awards and decorations
• Proper fit
• Good haircut
• Photo taken wearing proper rank
• Correct number of service stripes
• Only one foreign badge worn if authorized
• No Infantry Blue Disks, Regimental cords, or AB background trimming
• No forrrragere unless you were in the unit when it was awarded
• Only wear unit awards that are a permanent part of your record

This is not an all inclusive list, but these have been glaring errors listed by previous
board members from past Senior Enlisted Promotion Boards. See Fig. A and Fig. B
for examples. With the exception of the new CSIB, the ASU is set up the same way
as the Class A, Army Green Uniform. REMEMBER…….we DO NOT wear the green

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leaders tabs on the ASU. See ALARACT 202/2008 for implementation instructions
for the ASU and for CSIB and Identification badges, see ALARACT 203/2010.
Fig. A

Fig. B

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Fig. C

Fig. D

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STAB SAMPLE PACKET
If you wish to submit a request, here are some pointers. Guidance for
reconsideration is found in AR 600-8-19, Chapter 4, para 4-13. The guidance
specifically spells out what qualifies for reconsideration. If your request meets the
criteria, you must direct it through the S-1 for approval. The S-1 will ensure the
request meets the criteria; if it doesn’t they have the authority to disapprove your
request at local level. The following memorandums are samples of what must be
submitted, and signed, by the soldier and the S-1. A copy of all supporting
documentation, and an updated ERB, must accompany the memorandums.

NOTE:
Make sure that the documents for which you are requesting a STAB are either
added or removed from your OMPF prior to submitting your request.

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DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
HEADQUARTERS AND HEADQUARTERS COMPANY
123RD TRANSPORTATION COMMAND
FORT EUSTIS, VIRGINIA 23604-5484

27 September 2008

MEMORANDUM FOR Commander, HRC-Fort Knox, ATTN: AHRC-PDV-PR, 1600


Spearhead Division Avenue, Fort Knox, Kentucky 40122

SUBJECT: Request for Standby Advisory Board (STAB) consideration for SSG Soldier,
Iam A, 123-45-6789

1. I support the request for a STAB pertaining to SSG Soldier, Iam A., 123-45-6789. Due
to no fault of the soldier, his NCOER ending 20070601 was not reviewed by the FY08
SFC board. The packet enclosed was reviewed by the Battalion S-1 and meets all
requirements for a STAB.

2. The point of contact for this memorandum is SFC Snuffy, BN S-1, at (555) 456-7890,
DSN 123-7890 or joe.snuffy@us.army.mil.

(signature)
UNCLE T. SAM
LTC, TC
Commanding

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DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
HEADQUARTERS AND HEADQUARTERS COMPANY
123RD TRANSPORTATION COMMAND
FORT EUSTIS, VIRGINIA 23604-5484

27 September 2008

MEMORANDUM FOR Commander, HRC-Alexandria, ATTN: HRC-Fort Knox, ATTN:


AHRC-PDV-PR, 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Fort Knox, Kentucky 40122

SUBJECT: Request for Standby Advisory Board (STAB) consideration for SSG Soldier,
Iam A, 123-45-6789

1. I am sending this request to be reconsidered for the FY08 SFC board. The reason is
because my last NCOER, with a thru date of 20070601, was not filed on my OMPF by
the convening date of the board. Unfortunately, after repeated attempts to have it
processed, it was not added to my OMPF until April 2008. I believe the omission of this
report impacted why I did not get selected.

2. Point of contact for this memorandum is SSG Iam A. soldier at (555) 456-7890 or
iam.a.soldier@us.army.mil.

(signature)
IAM A. SOLDIER
SSG, USA
Duty Title

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ALARACT 202/2008 (ASU Implementation Instructions)
_______________________________________________________________________

1. THIS MESSAGE ANNOUNCES THE IMPLEMENTATION AND BRIDGING


STRATEGY FOR THE ARMY'S TRANSITION TO THE BLUE ARMY SERVICE
UNIFORM (ASU). THIS MESSAGE DEFINES THE WEAR POLICIES FOR THE
ASU DURING OUR TRANSITION PERIOD. IT REFLECTS THE INPUT OF
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SOLDIERS AND LEADERS FROM ALL ARMY
COMPONENTS WHO HAVE TOLD THE ARMY FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS
WHAT THEY WANT AND EXPECT IN THEIR ASU. SOLDIERS WANT A UNIFORM
THAT REFLECTS THEIR PRIDE OF SERVICE, SERVICE TRADITIONS, AND
FUNCTIONALITY. THIS WEAR POLICY AND BRIDGING STRATEGY IS A
CULMINATION OF MANY EFFORTS FROM ACROSS THE ARMY.

1A. THE WEAR POLICY FOR THE BLUE ASU IS INTENDED TO GIVE SOLDIERS
WHAT THEY HAVE ASKED FOR IN A SERVICE UNIFORM WHILE MAINTAINING
THE TRADITIONS OF OUR SERVICE. THESE CHANGES INCLUDE
AUTHORIZATION OF A COMBAT SERVICE IDENTIFICATION BADGE (CSIB) TO
RECOGNIZE COMBAT SERVICE, OVERSEAS SERVICE BARS AUTHORIZED ON
THE JACKET SLEEVE FOR BOTH ENLISTED SOLDIERS AND OFFICERS, THE
WEAR OF DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA ON THE SHOULDER LOOPS OF THE
BLUE COAT FOR ENLISTED SOLDIERS, AUTHORIZING PARATROOPERS TO
WEAR THE BLACK JUMP BOOTS WITH THE BLUE ASU, AND THE DECISION
TO TRANSITION TO A NEW SHORT SLEEVE AND LONG SLEEVE WHITE SHIRT
WITH SHOULDER LOOPS. TO HONOR THE HERITAGE AND TRADITIONS OF
COMBAT SERVICE, THE CSIB IS AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR ON THE ASU AND
REPLICATES WEAR OF THE SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA-FORMER
WARTIME SERVICE (SSI-FWTS) PATCH. THE SUBDUED SSI-FWTS PATCH
CONTINUES TO SERVE AS THE PRINCIPAL INSIGNIA FOR WEAR ON THE
ARMY COMBAT UNIFORM (ACU). LOCAL COMMANDERS CAN AUTHORIZE
THE WEAR OF THE NON-SUBDUED SSI AND SSI-FWTS ON THE ACU FOR
SPECIAL OCCASIONS SUCH AS CHANGE OF COMMAND, REENLISTMENTS,
COLOR GUARDS AND OTHER SPECIAL OCCASIONS.

1B. HISTORY: THE ARMY CURRENTLY HAS THREE SERVICE UNIFORMS;


GREEN, BLUE, AND WHITE. ENLISTED SOLDIERS RECEIVE THE GREEN
SERVICE UNIFORM AS PART OF THEIR BASIC CLOTHING BAG ISSUE WHEN
THEY ENTER THE ARMY DURING INITIAL ENTRY TRAINING. THE ARMY
FURTHER PROVIDES ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTED SOLDIERS AN ANNUAL
CLOTHING ALLOWANCE TO MAINTAIN PROPER FIT AND APPEARANCE OF
THEIR BASIC CLOTHING BAG ISSUE ITEMS. THE ARMY INCLUDES A SERIES
OF STIPENDS IN THIS ANNUAL CLOTHING ALLOWANCE TOWARDS THE
REPLACEMENT OF THE GREEN SERVICE UNIFORM AND ALL BASIC
CLOTHING BAG ITEMS. FOR ENLISTED SOLDIERS, THE BLUE SERVICE
UNIFORM IS AN OPTIONAL WEAR ITEM, PURCHASED IF DESIRED, AND
WORN ON APPROPRIATE OCCASIONS.

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2. COMMISSIONED OFFICERS ARE GIVEN A ONE-TIME STIPEND WHEN
COMMISSIONED TO PURCHASE THEIR REQUIRED UNIFORM ITEMS.
OFFICERS THEN MAINTAIN PROPER FIT AND APPEARANCE OF THEIR
UNIFORM ITEMS THROUGHOUT THEIR CAREER. THE ARMY REQUIRES
OFFICERS TO PURCHASE AND MAINTAIN BOTH THE GREEN AND BLUE
SERVICE UNIFORMS.

2A. TO STREAMLINE THE NUMBER OF UNIFORMS SOLDIERS PURCHASE AND


MAINTAIN THROUGHOUT THEIR CAREERS, THE ARMY WILL PHASE OUT THE
GREEN AND WHITE SERVICE UNIFORMS AND RETAIN THE BLUE SERVICE
UNIFORM AS OUR ASU. SOLDIERS WHO CURRENTLY HAVE A BLUE SERVICE
UNIFORM CAN IMMEDIATELY BEGIN WEARING THIS UNIFORM AS THEIR ASU,
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE IMPLEMENTING INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.

2B. THE NEW ARMY ASU WILL INCLUDE A NEW COAT AND LOW WAIST
TROUSERS FOR MALE SOLDIERS; AND A NEW COAT, SLACKS AND SKIRT
FOR FEMALE SOLDIERS. THE NEW FABRIC FOR THE ASU IS HEAVIER AND
WRINKLE RESISTANT OVER PREVIOUSLY MANUFACTURED UNIFORMS AND
WILL CONSIST OF 55% WOOL AND 45% POLYESTER MATERIAL. THE NEW
ASU COAT WILL HAVE A TAILORED, ATHLETIC CUT, TO IMPROVE UNIFORM
FIT AND APPEARANCE. THE ASU WILL INCLUDE A NEW IMPROVED HEAVIER
AND WRINKLE RESISTANT SHORT AND LONG-SLEEVED WHITE SHIRT WITH
PERMANENT MILITARY CREASES AND SHOULDER LOOPS. THE ARMY
ANTICIPATES THE NEW ASU ITEMS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN OUR
MILITARY CLOTHING SALES STORES IN THE 4TH QUARTER FY 2009.

3. THE ARMY ENCOURAGES SOLDIERS AND LEADERS, WHO OWN THE


CURRENT (OLD) ASU, WHEN APPROPRIATE, TO WEAR AS THEIR DRESS
BLUE, CLASS A OR CLASS B UNIFORM. THIS MESSAGE ESTABLISHES A
CLASS B UNIFORM CATEGORY FOR THE CURRENT BLUE ASU AS PART OF
OUR BRIDGING STRATEGY. THE CLASS B UNIFORM CATEGORY DEFINES
THOSE ASU ITEMS WORN WITHOUT THE SERVICE COAT.

4. DRESS BLUE ASU: THE DRESS BLUE ASU INCLUDES THE ARMY BLUE
COAT AND TROUSERS, A LONG-SLEEVED WHITE SHIRT AND BLACK BOW TIE
FOR MALES. THE ARMY DRESS BLUE ASU FOR FEMALES INCLUDES THE
ARMY BLUE COAT, SKIRT, AND A LONG-SLEEVED WHITE SHIRT WITH BLACK
NECK TAB. CURRENTLY, FEMALES IN ARMY BANDS, HONOR GUARDS, AND
FEMALE CHAPLAINS ARE AUTHORIZED TO WEAR ARMY BLUE SLACKS IN
THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES. THE BLACK BERET AND SERVICE
CAP ARE AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR WITH THIS UNIFORM. WHEN THE DRESS
BLUE ASU IS WORN FOR EVENING SOCIAL OCCASIONS (AFTER RETREAT)
COMMANDERS CAN DIRECT NO HEADGEAR REQUIRED. COMBAT BOOTS
AND ORGANIZATIONAL ITEMS, SUCH AS BRASSARDS, MILITARY POLICE (MP)
ACCESSORIES AND DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA (DUI) ARE NOT AUTHORIZED
FOR WEAR WITH THE DRESS BLUE ASU. ALL OTHER ACCESSORIES AND
INSIGNIA AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR WITH THE CLASS A SERVICE UNIFORM
ARE AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR ON THE DRESS BLUE ASU.

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5. CLASS A ASU: THE CLASS A ASU INCLUDES THE ARMY BLUE COAT AND
TROUSERS/SKIRT/SLACKS, A SHORT OR LONG SLEEVE WHITE SHIRT AND
FOUR-IN-HAND NECKTIE (MALE)/NECK TAB (FEMALE). (FOR ACCESSORIES
AND OTHER ITEMS AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR ON THE CLASS A ASU SEE
INSIGNIAS, AWARDS, BADGES AND ACCOUTERMENTS WORN WITH THE
DRESS BLUE, CLASS A, AND CLASS B ASU PARAGRAPH BELOW.)

6. CLASS B ASU: THE CLASS B ASU INCLUDES THE ARMY BLUE


TROUSERS/SKIRT/SLACKS, A SHORT OR LONG SLEEVE WHITE SHIRT.
SOLDIERS WILL WEAR THE FOUR-IN-HAND NECKTIE WITH THE LONG
SLEEVE WHITE SHIRT WHEN IT IS WORN WITHOUT THE CLASS A COAT.
(FOR ACCESSORIES AND OTHER ITEMS AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR ON THE
CLASS B ASU SEE INSIGNIAS, AWARDS, BADGES AND ACCOUTERMENTS
WORN WITH THE DRESS BLUE, CLASS A, AND CLASS B ASU PARAGRAPH
BELOW). UNTIL THE NEW ASU ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE, SOLDIERS WHO HAVE
THE LOW WAIST TROUSERS WITH BELT LOOPS, OR SLACKS, HAVE THE
OPTION OF WEARING A COMMERCIAL SHORT SLEEVE WHITE SHIRT WITH
SHOULDER LOOPS IN THE OPEN COLLAR CONFIGURATION OR WITH A
FOUR-IN-HAND NECKTIE (BLACK NECK TAB FOR FEMALE SOLDIERS).
SOLDIERS HAVE THE OPTION OF WEARING A COMMERCIAL LONG SLEEVE
WHITE SHIRT WITH SHOULDER LOOPS AND A FOUR-IN-HAND NECKTIE
(BLACK NECK TAB FOR FEMALE SOLDIERS). SOLDIERS WHO HAVE THE
CURRENT COMMERCIAL WHITE SHIRT WITHOUT SHOULDER LOOPS MUST
WEAR AS APPROPRIATE, THE BLACK WIND BREAKER, BLACK PULLOVER OR
BLACK CARDIGAN SWEATERS WITH THIS UNIFORM.

7. SOLDIERS WHO HAVE THE HIGH WAIST BLUE TROUSERS WORN WITH
SUSPENDERS (DESIGNED TO WEAR WITH THE BLUE MESS UNIFORM) MAY
WEAR THESE TROUSERS WITH THE CURRENT ASU DURING THIS
TRANSITION PERIOD. THESE HIGH WAIST TROUSERS MUST BE WORN WITH
THE SERVICE COAT, BLACK WIND BREAKER, BLACK PULLOVER OR BLACK
CARDIGAN SWEATERS.

8. THE ARMY WILL PLACE THE NEW ASU ITEMS IN THE SOLDIER'S CLOTHING
BAG FOR INITIAL ENTRY SOLDIERS IN 4TH QUARTER, FY 2010. THE
MANDATORY POSSESSION DATE FOR THE NEW ASU ITEMS IS 4TH
QUARTER, FY 2014.

9. THE ASU CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

• ASU COAT
• ASU TROUSERS, LOW WAIST WITH BELT LOOPS (MALE SOLDIERS)
• ASU SLACKS, LOW WAIST (FEMALE SOLDIERS)
• ASU SKIRT (FEMALE SOLDIERS)

10. ASU ACCESSORY ITEMS AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR IAW AR 670-1, WEAR
AND APPEARANCE OF ARMY UNIFORMS AND INSIGNIA.

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• BELT WITH GOLD BUCKLE (PARA 27-2B AND 2D, AND 27-25)
• BOOTS, COMBAT, LEATHER, BLACK (OPTIONAL FOR WEAR WITH
CLASS A AND CLASS B UNIFORMS, ONLY FOR THOSE SOLDIERS
AUTHORIZED TO WEAR THE TAN, GREEN, OR MAROON BERETS,
THOSE ASSIGNED TO AIR ASSAULT CODED POSITIONS, AND MPS
PERFORMING MP DUTIES.)(PARA 27-3)
• BOW TIE, BLACK (WORN AFTER RETREAT) (PARA 27-19A)
• BUTTONS (PARA 27-4)
• CAPE, BLACK (OFFICER ONLY) (PARA 27-6A)
• CAPE, BLUE (OFFICER ONLY) (PARA 27-6B)
• CHAPLAIN'S APPAREL (PARA 27-7)
• CUFF LINKS AND STUDS, GOLD (PARA 27-10)
• COAT, BLACK, ALL WEATHER (PARA 27-8)
• GLOVES, BLACK, LEATHER, UNISEX, DRESS (WORN WITH BLACK ALL
WEATHER COAT OR BLACK WIND BREAKER) (PARA 27-12B)
• GLOVES, WHITE, DRESS (PARA 27-12C)
• HANDBAG, BLACK, FABRIC OR LEATHER (PARA 27-13B)
• HANDBAG, BLACK, SHOULDER (PARA 27-13D)
• HANDBAG, BLACK, CLUTCH TYPE, OPTIONAL PURCHASE (PARA 27-
13A)
• HAT, DRILL SERGEANT (AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR WITH CLASS A AND
CLASS B UNIFORMS) (PARA 27-14A)
• JUDGE'S APPAREL (PARA 27-15)
• MILITARY POLICE ACCESSORIES (NOT AUTHORIZED WITH THE
FORMAL CLASS A ASU)
• NECKTIE, BLACK, FOUR-IN-HAND (WORN ON DUTY) (PARA 27-19C)
• NECK TABS (PARA 27-18)
• SCARF, BLACK (ONLY WITH BLACK ALL WEATHER COAT OR BLACK
WINDBREAKER) (PARA 27-21A)
• SHIRT, WHITE, LONG SLEEVE (PARA 27-22C)
• SHIRT, WHITE, SHORT SLEEVE (PARA 27-22A)
• SHOES, OXFORD, BLACK (PARA 27-23A)
• SHOES, PUMPS, BLACK (PARA 27-23F AND 23G)
• SOCKS, BLACK, CUSHION SOLE (WORN WITH BOOTS ONLY) (PARA 27-
24A)
• SOCKS, BLACK, DRESS (WORN WITH TROUSERS/SLACKS) (PARA 27-
24B)
• STOCKINGS, SHEER (PARA 27-24D)
• SWEATER, PULLOVER, BLACK (PARA 27-27)
• SWEATER, UNISEX CARDIGAN, BLACK (PARA 27-26A)
• UNDERGARMENTS, WHITE (PARA 27-28)
• UMBRELLA, BLACK (FEMALES MY CARRY AND USE AN UMBRELLA,
ONLY DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER, WHEN WEARING THE DRESS
BLUE ASU. UMBRELLAS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED IN FORMATIONS OR
WHEN WEARING FIELD OR UTILITY UNIFORMS)
• WINDBREAKER, BLACK (ONLY WITH CLASS B UNIFORM) (PARA 27-30)

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11. INSIGNIAS, AWARDS, BADGES AND ACCOUTERMENTS WORN WITH THE
DRESS BLUE, CLASS A AND CLASS B ASU: NOTE EXCEPTION:

• AIGUILLETTES, SERVICE (OFFICERS ONLY) (NOT AUTHORIZED ON


THE CLASS B ASU) (PARA 28-25) AND (28-26)
• AIRBORNE BACKGROUND TRIMMING (PARA 28-31B)
• BRANCH OF SERVICE SCARVES (NOT AUTHORIZED ON THE ENLISTED
FORMAL CLASS A SERVICE UNIFORM) (PARA 28-20)
• BRANCH INSIGNIA (NOT AUTHORIZED ON THE CLASS B ASU) (PARA
28-10 AND 28-12A)
• BRASSARDS (NOT AUTHORIZED ON THE DRESS BLUE ASU) (PARA 28-
29)
• COMBAT SERVICE IDENTIFICATION BADGE (CSIB) (NEW ITEM TO BE
WORN WHEN AVAILABLE) THE CSIB WILL BE WORN WHEN AVAILABLE
IN PLACE OF THE SSI-FWTS ON THE ASU. THE CSIB WILL BE WORN
CENTER ON THE WEARER'S RIGHT BREAST POCKET OF THE ASU
COAT FOR MALE SOLDIERS; FEMALE SOLDIERS WEAR THE CSIB ON
THE RIGHT SIDE PARALLEL TO THE WAISTLINE ON THE ASU COAT.
THE CSIB IS RANKED FIFTH IN ORDER OF PRECEDENCE BELOW THE
PRESIDENTIAL, VICE-PRESIDENTIAL, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE AND
JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF IDENTIFICATION BADGES. THE CSIB CAN
ALSO BE WORN ON THE SHIRT WHEN WEARING THE CLASS B
VERSIONS OF THE ASU (PARA 29-18)
• DECORATIONS AND SERVICE MEDAL RIBBONS (PARA 29-7, 29-8 AND
29-9)
• DISTINCTIVE ITEMS AUTHORIZED FOR INFANTRY PERSONNEL (PARA
28-30)
• DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA (ENLISTED ONLY) AUTHORIZED FOR
WEAR ON THE CLASS A AND CLASS B UNIFORMS ONLY) (PARA 28-22)
• FOREIGN BADGES (PARA 29-19)
• FOURRAGERE/LANYARDS (PARA 28-11)
• GOLD STAR LAPEL PIN (PARA 29-7)
• HEADGEAR INSIGNIA (PARA 28-3)
• INSIGNIA OF GRADE (PARA 28-5, 28-6, 28-7 AND 28-8)
• OCS/WOC INSIGNIA (PARA 28-14 AND 28-15)
• NAMEPLATE (PARA 28-24C)
• ORGANIZATIONAL FLASH (PARA 28-31A)
• OVERSEAS SERVICE BARS (OPTIONAL)(PARA 28-28)
• REGIMENTAL DISTINCTIVE INSIGNIA (OPTIONAL) (PARA 28-23)
• SERVICE STRIPES (ENLISTED PERSONNEL ONLY) (PARA 28-27)
• UNIT AWARDS (PARA 29-11)
• U.S. BADGES (IDENTIFICATION, MARKSMANSHIP, COMBAT AND
SPECIAL SKILL) (PARA 29-13, 29-16, 29-17 AND 29-18)
• U.S. INSIGNIA (NOT AUTHORIZED ON THE CLASS B ASU) (PARA 28-4)

12. THE LEADER'S IDENTIFICATION INSIGNIA (GREEN TAB) IS NOT


AUTHORIZED TO BE WORN ON THE ASU.

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13. HEADGEAR AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR WITH THE ASU:

• BERET (BLACK, MAROON, GREEN AND TAN)


• SERVICE CAP (MALE/FEMALE; CORPORALS AND ABOVE)

14. THE BERET IS THE PRIMARY HEADGEAR WORN WITH THE ASU BY ALL
SOLDIERS UNLESS THE COMMANDER DIRECTS WEAR OF THE SERVICE CAP
(FOR CPLS AND ABOVE).

15. OFFICER AND ENLISTED SOLDIERS IN THE GRADE OF CORPORAL AND


ABOVE WILL WEAR TROUSERS WITH A GOLD BRAID SEWN ON THE OUTSIDE
OF SEAM OF EACH TROUSER LEG OF THE NEW BLUE ASU. THE BRAID WILL
BE SEWN FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE WAISTBAND TO THE BOTTOM OF THE
TROUSER LEG (SOLDIERS ASSIGNED TO THE OLD GUARD ARE AUTHORIZED
THE GOLD BRAID REGARDLESS OF GRADE). ON THE NEW ASU, SERVICE
STRIPES ARE AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR ON THE LEFT SLEEVE FOR ENLISTED
SOLDIERS AND OVERSEAS SERVICE BAR(S) ON THE RIGHT SLEEVE FOR
BOTH OFFICERS AND ENLISTED SOLDIERS. THE SERVICE STRIPES AND
OVERSEAS SERVICE BARS ARE SIMILAR IN SIZE TO THE ONES CURRENTLY
WORN ON THE ARMY GREEN UNIFORM. THE NEW SERVICE STRIPES AND
OVERSEAS SERVICE BARS WILL BE GOLD IN COLOR AND TRIMMED IN BLUE
TO MATCH THE ASU. AS WE TRANSITION TO THE NEW ASU, WE MAINTAIN
OUR TRADITIONAL LARGER SERVICE STRIPES ON THE OPTIONAL WHITE
AND BLUE (SHORT JACKET) MESS DRESS UNIFORM.

16. FOR THOSE SOLDIERS WHO HAVE PURCHASED THE CURRENT (OLD)
BLUE UNIFORM, THIS UNIFORM WILL REMAIN AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR
UNTIL THE MANDATORY POSSESSION DATE FOR THE NEW ASU, 4TH
QUARTER OF FY 2014. SOLDIERS WHO HAVE THE CURRENT (OLD) BLUE
UNIFORM ARE NOT REQUIRED TO REMOVE THE EXISTING LARGE SERVICE
STRIPES. PRIVATES THROUGH SPECIALISTS WHO NOW OWN THE CURRENT
BLUE TROUSERS' ARE NOT REQUIRED TO REMOVE THE EXISTING GOLD
BRAID ON THEIR TROUSER LEGS. SOLDIERS WHO PURCHASE THE NEW
ASU ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH ALL WEAR POLICIES OUTLINED IN
THIS MESSAGE. THE INTENT OF THIS BRIDGING STRATEGY IS TO ALLOW
FOR MAXIMUM WEAR OF THE EXISTING UNIFORMS AND ESTABLISH POLICY
FOR THEIR REPLACEMENT. DURING THIS TRANSFORMATION PERIOD WE
WILL HAVE SOLDIERS IN MIXED UNIFORMS. THE ARMY IS IN
TRANSFORMATION.

17. BEGINNING IN 4TH QUARTER FY 2009, SOLDIERS HAVE THE OPTION TO


TAKE THEIR OFFICIAL DA PHOTO IN THE ASU. THIS IS STRICTLY OPTIONAL
ON THE SOLDIERS PART. SOLDIERS CAN STILL CONTINUE TO TAKE THEIR
DA PHOTO IN THE ARMY GREEN SERVICE UNIFORM UNTIL THE MANDATORY
POSSESSION DATE OF 4TH QUARTER FY 2014. DURING THIS TRANSITION
PERIOD, OFFICIAL DA PHOTOS CAN BE IN EITHER THE ARMY GREEN
SERVICE UNIFORM OR THE ASU.

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18. THE WEAR OUT DATE FOR THE ARMY GREEN SERVICE UNIFORM WITH
ACCESSORIES IS THE 4TH QUARTER OF FY 2014.

19. ALL NEW INSIGNIAS WORN ON THE ASU WILL BE DESIGNED AND
DEVELOPED BY THE INSTITUTE OF HERALDRY.

20. THIS MESSAGE HAS BEEN AUTHORIZED BY THE ARMY G-1.

21. HQDA POC FOR UNIFORM WEAR POLICY IS SGM KATRINA EASLEY,
KATRINA.EASLEY@HQDA.ARMY.MIL, DSN 225-5406, (703) 695-5406.

22. EXPIRATION: THIS MESSAGE EXPIRES UPON NEXT PUBLICATION OF AR


670-1.

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ALARACT 203/2010, Changes to the Wear Policy For the Identification
Badges Outlined in AR 670-1
______________________________________________________________

SUBJECT: CHANGES TO THE WEAR POLICY FOR THE IDENTIFICATION


BADGES OUTLINED IN AR 670-1, (WEAR AND APPEARANCE OF ARMY
UNIFORMS AND INSIGNIA), PARAGRAPH 29-18.

1. THE CHANGES TO THE IDENTIFICATION BADGES OUTLINED IN AR 670-1,


PARAGRAPH 29-18 ARE EFFECTIVE 1 JULY 2010.

2. SOLDIERS WHO HAVE TAKEN THEIR OFFICIAL DA PHOTO IN


ACCORDANCE WITH THE CURRENT WEAR POLICY OUTLINED IN ALARACT
MESSAGE 202-2008 (ARMY SERVICE UNIFORM WEAR POLICY) ARE
GRANDFATHERED FOR ONE YEAR FROM THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS
MESSAGE.

3. THIS MESSAGE PROVIDES AN OPTIONAL WEAR LOCATION FOR THE


ARMY STAFF IDENTIFICATION BADGE AND OTHER BADGES PRESCRIBED
FOR WEAR ON THE RIGHT SIDE, THAT ARE OF LOWER PRECEDENCE THAN
THE ARMY STAFF BADGE. THIS OPTION WILL PROVIDE SOLDIERS
FLEXIBILITY TO WEAR THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF BADGES ALLOWED BY
REGULATION, AND STILL HIGHLIGHT THEIR FORMER WARTIME SERVICE.

A. SOLDIERS MAY MOVE BADGES NORMALLY WORN ON THE WEARER'S


RIGHT SIDE IAW PARA 3 ABOVE, TO THE WEARER'S LEFT SIDE, WHEN
WORN WITH THE COMBAT SERVICE IDENTIFICATION BADGE (CSIB). THIS
OPTION ALLOWS THE CSIB TO STAND ALONE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OR BE
WORN WITH OTHER, HIGHER OR LOWER PRECEDENCE RIGHT SIDE
BADGES. ONLY THOSE BADGES INDICATED IN PARAGRAPH 5 BELOW (AS
RIGHT OR LEFT SIDE BADGES) ARE INCLUDED IN THIS OPTION.

B. WHEN NO COMBAT SERVICE IDENTIFICATION BADGE IS WORN, SOLDIERS


WILL CONTINUE TO WEAR THE ARMY STAFF IDENTIFICATION (ID) BADGE ON
THE RIGHT SIDE AS WELL AS THOSE LOWER PRECEDENCE BADGES
INDICATED IN PARA 5 BELOW.

4. EXAMPLE OF OPTIONAL WEAR: A SSG IS AUTHORIZED TO WEAR THE


CSIB, ARMY STAFF ID BADGE, AND DRILL SERGEANT ID BADGE. OPTIONS
FOR WEAR (IN ORDER OF PRECEDENCE) ARE AS FOLLOWS:

A. CSIB (RIGHT SIDE). ARMY STAFF ID BADGE (LEFT SIDE). DRILL SERGEANT
ID BADGE (LEFT SIDE).

B. CSIB (RIGHT SIDE). ARMY STAFF ID BADGE (RIGHT SIDE). DRILL


SERGEANT ID BADGE (LEFT SIDE).

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5. THE FOLLOWING OUTLINES THE ORDER OF PRECEDENCE OF U.S.
MILITARY IDENTIFICATION (ID) BADGES AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR ON ARMY
SERVICE AND MESS UNIFORMS AND THE LOCATION WORN. THE POSITION
OF EACH ID BADGE IS WORN EITHER ON THE WEARER'S RIGHT OR LEFT
SIDE, AS INDICATED BELOW.

(1) PRESIDENTIAL SERVICE ID BADGE (RIGHT SIDE)

(2) VICE PRESIDENTIAL SERVICE ID BADGE (RIGHT SIDE)

(3) SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ID BADGE (LEFT SIDE)

(4) JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF ID BADGE (LEFT SIDE)

(5) COMBAT SERVICE ID BADGE (RIGHT SIDE)

(6) ARMY STAFF ID BADGE (RIGHT OR LEFT SIDE IAW PARA 3 ABOVE)

(7) THE GUARD, TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER ID BADGE (RIGHT OR


LEFT SIDE IAW PARA 3 ABOVE)

(8) DRILL SERGEANT ID BADGE (RIGHT OR LEFT SIDE IAW PARA 3 ABOVE)

(9) RECRUITER ID BADGE (LEFT SIDE)

(10) CAREER COUNSELOR ID BADGE (RIGHT OR LEFT SIDE IAW PARA 3


ABOVE)

(11) RECRUITING AND RETENTION ID BADGES (ARNG) (LEFT SIDE)

(12) UNIFIED COMBATANT COMMANDER ID BADGE (LEFT SIDE)

(13) NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIVERSITY ID BADGE (RIGHT OR LEFT SIDE IAW


PARA 3 ABOVE)

(14) MILITARY POLICE BADGE (LEFT SIDE)

(15) DOD/JOINT AGENCY ID BADGES (EITHER POCKET SIDE, AS LONG AS


THEY DO NOT INTERFERE WITH THE POSITIONING OF OTHER ID BADGES)

(16) SECRETARY OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICE BADGE (RIGHT OR LEFT


SIDE IAW PARA 3 ABOVE)

6. SOLDIERS AUTHORIZED TO WEAR MORE THAN FOUR ID BADGES HAVE


THE OPTION OF CHOOSING THE BADGES WORN, AS LONG AS THEY
COMPLY WITH THE WEAR POLICY. THE SOLDIER MUST WEAR THE BADGES

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ON THE SIDE AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR AND IN THE ORDER OF PRECEDENCE
OUTLINED IN THIS MESSAGE.

7. IN ACCORDANCE WITH AR 670-1 GUIDANCE ON IDENTIFICATION BADGES,


THE CSIB IS AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR ON THE ARMY BLUE UNIFORM, ARMY
SERVICE UNIFORM, ARMY BLUE MESS UNIFORMS, AND ARMY WHITE MESS
UNIFORMS.

8. PERSONNEL ARE AUTHORIZED TO WEAR FULL-SIZE IDENTIFICATION


BADGES WITH MINIATURE IDENTIFICATION BADGES ON THE MESS AND
EVENING MESS UNIFORMS WHEN THE BADGES ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN
MINIATURE SIZE.

9. THE CHANGES TO THE IDENTIFICATION BADGES APPLY TO THE CLASS B


VERSION OF EACH SERVICE UNIFORM.

10. HQDA POC FOR UNIFORM POLICY IS SGM K. EASLEY, DSN 664-0620,
COMM (703) 604-0620.

11. THIS MESSAGE HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE DCS, G-1.

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