Army selection boards for promotions, Army War College, and more suspended until May due to new travel restrictions

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Due to new travel restrictions for Defense Department personnel, put in place over the weekend to help limit the spreading of COVID-19, Army centralized selection boards will be suspended until May 11.

  • Lt. Col. Mary Ricks, spokesperson for Human Resources Command, confirmed the suspension to Task & Purpose on Monday, which the command posted about on Facebook.
  • This includes everything from promotion selection boards and NCO evaluation boards, to selection for command positions, and the Army War College and Sergeants Major Academy (though it will not impact the selection for the Army War College that starts this summer).  
  • The move follows new guidance from the Pentagon, which puts a freeze on domestic travel — with some exceptions — for service members and their families, along with DoD civilian employees. 
  • Ricks said that suspended boards will be rescheduled "to later months," and that HRC will be releasing Military Personnel Messages "detailing the specific updated eligibility criteria for each board."
  • "This is a prudent adjustment and we will do everything possible to see that this shift in the timing of promotion consideration does not adversely affect promotion, schooling or critical career development for our Commissioned Officers, Warrant Officers and Noncommissioned Officers," Ricks said.