SYSTEM OVERHAUL
Army Brig. Gen. Marion Garcia, deputy commander of Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, swears the Officer's Oath after being promoted by Navy Rear Adm. Richard Butler, commander of JTF-GTMO, Aug. 30, 2013 at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Army Brig. Gen. Marion Garcia, deputy commander of Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, swears the Officer's Oath after being promoted by Navy Rear Adm. Richard Butler, commander of JTF-GTMO, Aug. 30, 2013 at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lorne W. Neff/120th Public Affairs Detachment/JTF-GTMO

Senate Plans To Reform Military Promotion System

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Congress is moving forward with a round of “potentially historic military personnel reforms” regarding the promotions and the health care system for 2016, according to Stars and Stripes.

The Senate criticized the military promotion system, particularly for officers, as not focused enough on merit.

“Promotions are handed out according to predictable schedules with only secondary consideration of merit,” said Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

The last time the officer promotion system was overhauled occurred in 1980 when Congress decided to consolidate a variety the military services, but that system has since been deemed inflexible.

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