Fiscal Year 2018 United States Army Reserve General Officer Assignment Advisory Board and Fiscal Year 2018 General Officer Promotion Selection Board (FY18 USAR GOAAB/GOPSB)
A. Title 10, United States Code (10 U.S.C.).
B. DODI 1320.04 (Military Officer Actions Requiring Presidential, Secretary of Defense, or Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Approval or Senate Confirmation), 3 Jan 14.
C. DODI 1320.14 (Commissioned Officer Promotion Program Procedures), 11 Dec 13.
D. AR 40-501 (Standards of Medical Fitness), 22 Dec 16.
E. AR 135-32 (Retention in an Active Status After Qualification for Retired Pay), 4 May 04.
F. AR 135-156 (Reserve Component General Officer Personnel Management), 17 May 07.
G. AR 135-175 (Army National Guard and Army Reserve Separation of Officers), RAR, 04 Aug 11.
H. AR 350-1 (Army Training and Leader Development), 19 Aug 14.
I. AR 600-8-24 (Officer Transfers and Discharges), RAR, 13 Sep 11.
J. AR 600-8-29 (Officer Promotions), 25 Feb 05.
K. AR 600-8-104 (Army Military Human Resource Records Management), 7 Apr 14.
L. AR 623-3 (Evaluation Reporting System), 4 Nov 15.
M. AR 640-30 (Photographs For Military Human Resources Records), 18 Sep 08.
N. DA PAM 600-3 (Commissioned Officer Professional Development and Career Management), 3 Dec 14.
O. DA PAM 600-4 (Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Officer Development and Career Management), 27 Jun 07.
1. This message will expire no later than (NLT) 25 Apr 18.
2. This message announces the eligibility criteria for the FY18 United States Army Reserve General Officer Assignment Advisory Board and FY18 General Officer Promotion Selection Board (FY18 USAR GOAAB/GOPSB) scheduled to convene on or about 24 Oct 17.
3. Pursuant to AR 135-156, paragraph 5-2b, immediately following the recess of the non-statutory GOAAB, the Secretary of the Army (SA) will convene the USAR GOPSB pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 14101(a) and 10 U.S.C. 14315(b) to consider eligible officers for promotion based on the assignment recommendation of the GOAAB. Application to this board is strictly voluntary.
4. The Office of the Chief of Army Reserve General Officer Management Office (OCAR GOMO) will individually notify each United States Army Reserve (USAR) colonel and brigadier general via their enterprise email (.email@example.com) or other approved (.mil) email address of their eligibility status and provide eligible officers instructions to “opt in” for consideration for the FY18 USAR GOAAB/GOPSB within 72 hours of publication of this message. Eligible candidates will apply via the Command Preference Designation (CPD) tool and must submit their preferences no later than 30 Jun 17 in order to be considered for this board. OCAR GOMO will subsequently forward file preparation formats and suspense dates for submission of required documents to all eligible candidates once CPD is complete.
5. Files that do not comply with these guidelines or do not meet the suspense dates will not go forward to the board for consideration.
6. All eligible officers considered for promotion will have an adverse screen to determine if credible information of an adverse nature exists and if so, will be presented to the board pursuant to DODI 1320.14. This includes any adverse finding or conclusion from an officially documented investigation or inquiry, or any other credible information of an adverse nature. Department of the Army (DA) GOMO will refer adverse information to the officer for comment prior to the convening date of the board. If an officer has derogatory information in their Army Military Human Resource Record (AMHRR) (performance and/or restricted folder), this information will be seen by the board and will not be referred to the officer for comment. The response the officer provides is what the board membership will review. The Board will not review previously submitted responses. If the officer concerned would like to comment on the derogatory information in his or her performance and/or restricted file, the officer should use the instructions listed in paragraph 13 of this message.
7. Consideration of derogatory information by the USAR GOPSB could result in an officer being required to show cause for further retention in an active status and could lead to the officer’s involuntary separation from the Army Reserve pursuant to AR 600-8-24.
8. The following criteria are established for those officers eligible to submit applications for consideration by the FY18 USAR GOAAB/GOPSB:
a. All eligible officers must meet the following requirements:
(1) Be a member of the USAR for a minimum of 12 consecutive months as of 1 Oct 17 and not be a member of the Retired Reserve or the Army National Guard when considered by the board.
(2) Possess a baccalaureate degree from a nationally recognized and accredited institution.
(3) Have a mandatory removal date (MRD) on or after 1 Oct 18 as calculated from the original date of appointment as a commissioned officer and not based on an approved extension, except those specialty officers who have been granted an authorized age extension pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 14703.
(4) Not pending assignment to a higher grade general officer position or currently assigned to a higher grade general officer position or currently assigned to a higher grade general officer position and pending promotion nomination or promotion.
(5) All eligible officers must be able to complete tenure requirements of this board. USAR general officer assignments are normally for a period of three years.
b. All eligible colonels must also meet the following requirements:
(1) Have 18 months time-in-grade (TIG) as of the first day of the month in which the board convenes (1 Oct 17).
(2) Be on the Reserve Active Status-List (RASL) as of the first day of the month in which the board convenes and must have served continuously on the RASL or the Active Duty List (ADL) (or a combination of both lists) during the one-year period prior to and ending on the convening date of the board.
(3) Meet the following age criteria:
(a) Not attain 59 years of age prior to 1 Mar 19; or
(b) Not attain 61 years of age prior to 1 Mar 19 if assigned to the Chaplain Corps, the Medical Corps, the Dental Corps, the Veterinary Corps, the Army Nurse Corps, the Army Medical Specialist Corps, and those AOC’s applicable within the Medical Service Corps unless granted an authorized age extension beyond age 60 pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 14703. Only those AMEDD officers eligible to request a MRD Extension may request an age waiver. Approved age extensions are based on the needs of the Army and not for the purpose of applying to the USAR GOAAB/GOPSB. This extension must allow for the completion of a three-year tenure prior to age 68.
(4) Have successfully completed one of the US Army approved Senior Service College (SSC) venues listed in AR 350-1, paragraph 3-12d, and be granted Military Education Level (MEL) 1 credit. Pursuant to DA PAM 600-3, only the resident SSC venues and the Army War College Distance Education Program (AWCDEP) award MEL 1. The Army does not recognize any other SSC distance education programs. Officers having completed a MEL 1 SSC venue as a United States Government Civilian must have applied for and received constructive credit for SSC from HQDA G-3/5/7 (DAMO-TRL) to be considered MEL 1 complete. Chaplain Corps officers are exempt from this requirement, if competing for chaplain specific assignments. Chaplains must have completed the Command and General Staff College or an equivalent course pursuant to AR 350-1, paragraph 3-12c. Pursuant to DA PAM 600-4, AMEDD officers must have completed SSC to apply for promotion to general officer.
c. All eligible brigadier generals must also meet the following requirements:
(1) Not have attained 61 years of age prior to 1 Mar 19.
(2) Pursuant to 10, U.S.C. § 14301, have one-year TIG as of the first day of the month in which the board convenes (1 Oct 17) and be on the RASL on the convening date of the board (24 Oct 17). Also must have served continuously on the RASL or the ADL (or a combination of both lists) during the one-year period prior to and ending on the convening date of the board to be considered for a major general assignment. However, there are exceptions to this requirement:
(a) A brigadier general not on the RASL on the convening date of the board may be considered for promotion if the officer has been in an inactive status for less than one year as of the convening date of the board and the officer has served continuously on the RASL or ADL (or a combination of both lists) for at least one year immediately preceding their most recent transfer to an inactive status.
(b) A brigadier general who is on the RASL on the convening date of the board, but has not served continuously on the RASL or ADL (or a combination of both lists) during the one-year period prior to and ending the convening date of the board, may be considered for promotion if: the officer transferred from an inactive status to the RASL during the one year period preceding the date of the convening of the promotion board; immediately before the date of the officer’s most recent transfer to an active status, the officer had been in an inactive status for less than one year; and immediately before the date of the officer’s most recent transfer to an inactive status, the officer had continuously served for at least one year on the RASL or the ADL (or a combination of both lists).
(3) A brigadier general who is being retained on active duty orders for the purpose of achieving an active federal service retirement pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 12686, Sanctuary, is not eligible for consideration by the FY18 USAR GOAAB/GOPSB.
9. Active Guard Reserve (AGR) officers and officers on Active Duty for Operational Support (ADOS), the following applies:
a. If selected for assignment to a general officer position, AGR officers and reserve officers performing active duty for operational support will be released from active duty for subsequent assignment to a Troop Program Unit or Individual Mobilization Augmentee general officer position.
b. Assignment dates are usually not subject to negotiation. Positions may become vacant earlier or later than the projected tenure end date of the incumbent. Accordingly, officers should prepare themselves for release from active duty at any time during the assignment year (1 Apr 18 – 31 Mar 19).
c. The Secretary of the Army will consider all officers who have or will attain 18 or more years of active federal service during the assignment period for release from active duty upon assignment to a general officer position. Before being assigned to a general officer position, an applicant serving on active duty will be required to sign a waiver of active duty sanctuary protection pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 12686(b), if eligible, and must also state that he or she is volunteering to be released from active duty to accept assignment to a general officer position not requiring continuous active duty service.
10. The following special branch restrictions apply:
a. Medical Service Corps officers who have completed the Army War College or an equivalent resident SSC may compete for positions outside AMEDD that exercise command or require assumption of command (such as deputy or assistant commander). Other AMEDD branches are restricted from competing for command or positions exercising command authority outside the AMEDD pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 3579. AMEDD officer assignments may be vetted by The Surgeon General or his/her designee.
b. Judge Advocate assignments will be completed pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 806. Judge Advocates may compete for positions outside the JAG Corps, if otherwise eligible pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 806. Judge Advocate assignments may be vetted with The Judge Advocate General or his/her designee.
c. Chaplain Corps officers may only compete for assignments within the Chaplain Corps. Chaplain assignments may be vetted by The Chief of Chaplains or his/her designee.
11. Military technicians are required to acknowledge a statement of understanding that they may only serve as a general officer for the duration of the tenure of their general officer assignment. If required to further serve as a reserve member to keep their military technician position after they have completed a general officer tenure, they will be required to revert to a non-general officer grade commensurate with their military assignment. Military technicians must have a MRD on or after 1 Oct 18, as calculated from the original date of appointment as a commissioned officer, and not based on an approved extension. Only those specialty officers identified in paragraph (8)b(3)(b) of this message, who have been granted an authorized age extension pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 14703 are an exception to this requirement.
12. Officer Evaluation Reports.
a. In order to be considered by the board, all mandatory or optional Officer Evaluation Reports (OER)/Academic Evaluation Reports (AER) must be received, error free, by the evaluations branch no later than (NLT) 13 Oct 17. To ensure reports are received at HRC by this date, commanders at all levels must ensure any applicable evaluation reports for eligible officers are expeditiously processed.
b. OERs will be prepared on the appropriate DA Form 67-10 series OER form within the Evaluation Entry System (EES) and submitted to HRC via EES. If unable to access and submit evaluations within EES, hard copy DA Form 67-10 series OERs can be prepared and mailed to: CDR, USA HRC, ATTN: AHRC-PDV-ER, 1600 Spearhead Division Ave, Dept. #470, Fort Knox, KY 40122-5407. Access to EES is available at the following link: https://evaluations.hrc.army.mil/index.html. If unable to access EES, DA Form 67-10 series OERs can be obtained from the Army Publishing Directorate’s webpage at the following link: http://www.apd.army.mil/.
(1) Sending OERs by email is only for deployed units or deployed rating officials and should only be used if EES is unavailable or digitally signing the form is not available. In this situation, a pdf version of the DA Form 67-10 series will be accepted by HRC evaluations branch. OERs from deployed units are available upon request by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(2) All non-deployed units or rating officials with ink-signed or older version forms not useable in EES must mail a hard copy of the OER to the HRC evaluations branch by sending it to CDR, USA HRC, ATTN: AHRC-PDV-ER, 1600 Spearhead Division Ave, Dept. # 470, Fort Knox, KY 40122-5407.
c. Complete-the-Record Report (Code 09):
(1) A Code 09, Complete-the-Record OER, is “optional” for officers who meet the criteria pursuant to AR 623-3, paragraph 3-56.
(2) The required “thru date” for Complete-the-Record OERs (Code 09) is 18 Jul 17. All Complete-the-Record OERs for this board are required to be prepared and submitted on a DA Form 67-10-3 or DA Form 67-10-4 (Strategic Grade Plate OER) within EES or found on the Army Publishing Directorate’s webpage.
(3) All other reports (mandatory or optional), excluding Complete-the-Record (Code 09) will have “thru dates” that reflect the date of the event that is the reason for the report.
d. Reports received by HRC evaluations branch for processing on 13 Oct 17 will be placed in the officer’s AMHRR and their board file prior to board voting, assuming the evaluation is relatively free of errors. This suspense date is for receipt of evaluations by HRC evaluations branch, not for submission to the AMHRR. If an evaluation is seen as working in the Evaluation Reporting System (ERS) with a received by date of 13 Oct 17, or earlier and the evaluation is free of errors, it will be completed in time for the selection board.
e. Officers with missing OERs in their board files or AMHRR should first check the online application EES. This will identify any evaluations not completed (either on hold or rejected) due to errors. Officers with questions about OER policy or procedural matters can contact an evaluations branch point of contact (POC) for resolution at email@example.com or commercial (502) 613-9019, DSN 983-9019.
f. DA Form 1059, AER, can be distributed electronically to the HRC evaluations branch using the Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS). Otherwise, hard copy AERs will be mailed to CDR, USA HRC, ATTN: AHRC-PDV-ER, 1600 Spearhead Division Ave, Dept. #470, Fort Knox, KY 40122-5407.
g. Career managers, board support personnel and Interactive Personnel Electronic Records Management System (IPERMS) support personnel are not authorized to place evaluations directly in the AMHRR. All evaluations must process through the evaluations branch using normal processing channels into the AMHRR and then into the officer’s board file. OERs which are not labeled (and profiled) by the evaluations branch will not be seen by these boards.
13. Correspondence to the President of the Board.
a. All officers in the zone of consideration may, if desired, submit correspondence to the President of the Board.
b. Memorandums should include only those matters deemed important in the consideration of an officer’s record. They should be addressed to: President, FY18 USAR GOAAB/GOPSB, ATTN: HRC-PDV-S, 1600 Spearhead Division Ave, Fort Knox, KY 40122. Signed memorandums can be scanned and emailed to the OCAR GOMO Board Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Memorandums must arrive NLT the day before the board convene date in order to be considered.
c. Any memorandum considered by a board will become a matter of record for that board and will be retained in the board files. Memorandums to the board (including enclosures) will not be filed in an officer’s AMHRR. Do not send these documents to IPERMS.
d. Communications or memorandums of recommendation from other parties on behalf of officers eligible for consideration will not be provided to the board unless forwarded as an enclosure to a memorandum to the board from the officer being considered. Officers desiring to provide documents and information to the board that call attention to any matter they consider important to their consideration should refer to AR 600-8-29, paragraph 1-33, for guidance.
14. Waiver requests. Eligibility criteria established in this message will not be waived unless otherwise indicated. If the Secretary of the Army determines that these criterion do not meet the needs of the Army at any time prior to the convening date of the FY18 USAR GOAAB/GOPSB, he may adjust the criteria accordingly. If the Secretary of the Army makes this determination, an announcement of the change to the criteria will be made so that officers who have become eligible because of any change(s) will have an opportunity to complete all required application documents prior to the convening date of the boards.
15. The OCAR GOMO point of contact for this message is the Promotion Board Team at email: GOAAB Team Inbox: email@example.com or by phone at DSN: (318) 983-4650/CML: (502) 613-4650.