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Enlisted Promotion System

First line leaders know the EPS pamphlet, read the MOI, and talk with your soldiers about the importance of keeping their records up-to-date.

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E4 to E5 Requirements

Promotion to: Time-in-Grade time-in-service Cumulative Enlisted Service Structured Self-Development NCO Education
Sergeant (E5) 12 months NA NA SSD 1 NA

E5 to E6 Requirements

Promotion to: Time-in-Grade time-in-service Cumulative Enlisted Service Structured Self-Development NCO Education
Staff Sergeant (E6) 18 months NA NA SSD 2 BLC

E6 to E7 Requirements

Promotion to: Time-in-Grade time-in-service Cumulative Enlisted Service Structured Self-Development NCO Education
Sergeant First Class (E7) 36 months 9 years 6 years SSD 3 ALC

The 4100

NGB Form 4100-1-R-E & 4100-1B-R-E (Promotion Worksheets).  Soldiers in the grade of E4 will receive the Enlisted Promotion Point Worksheet (NGB Form 4100-1-R-E) from HR personnel.  Soldiers in the Grade E5 thru E8 will receive the Senior Enlisted Worksheet (NGB 4100-1B-R-E) from unit HR personnel.  HR personnel will review the NGB 4100s with unit personnel in a classroom setting with FLLS present to assist.  FLLS will also need to review the NGB 4100 with each of their Soldiers to ensure the NGB 4100 reflects accurate information. Individual Soldiers will review the NGB Form 4100 to identify corrections needed to their form.  Soldiers will also ensure accurate accountability of NGB Form 4100 points noted on the form.  Mark and initial indicating accept or decline consideration for promotion, and willingness to attend military education courses on the NGB 4100. Annotate the area of consideration for promotion and if corrections are not needed, sign and date Section IV of the NGB 4100.

Assignment Consideration on NGB 4100s:  In accordance with AR 600-8-19, para 7-29, Soldiers can now choose areas of assignment consideration upon promotion.  Soldiers should annotate their NGB Form 4100-1-R-E or NGB 4100-1B-R-E worksheet with the assignment consideration codes listed below.  If no assignment consideration code selection is made, the default is “A”. NOTE: Failure to accept a position based on assignment consideration will result in removal from the current year’s Promotion List. 

  •       A = Accept promotion in all areas of state
  •       B = Brigade/MSC only
  •       C = Battalion Only
  •       D = Company Only
  •       E = Within 50 miles of home of record
  •       F = Within 100 miles of home of record

Make sure it's in iPERMS

Select, Train, Educate, Promote (STEP)

The Enlisted Promotion System is designed to fill authorized NCO vacancies with the best qualified Soldiers who have demonstrated the potential to serve in the next higher rank. Effective December 2016, the MDARNG will manage career progression of enlisted Soldiers under the Select, Train, Educate, Promote (STEP) methodology. Soldiers can be considered, selected and assigned to positions for promotion but can only be promoted upon completion of the the military education requirements noted as outlined in AR 600-8-19 paragraph 1-28a for “pin-on” promotion.

Who can make corporal?

DA Photos

A current DA Photo must be in iPERMS for soldiers in the grade of E6 and above.

If you decline a position

Soldiers declining promotion.  Soldiers who decline consideration for promotion will submit NGB Form 4100-1-R-E or NGB 4100-1B-R-E, sign and dated indicating they do not wish to be considered for promotion. The declination will be in effect only during the life of that list. NGB 4100 should be submitted to G-1 EPM.

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