U.S. Army Reserve reaches sergeant strength goal

On April 24, 2024, the U.S. Army Reserve achieved its “Big Hairy Audacious Goal” (BHAG) of being over its authorized strength in sergeants by 3,000. Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command,...

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Lt. Gen. Jody J. Daniels, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, has challenged the force to get after promoting its junior enlisted Soldiers to the rank of sergeant (E-5):

Leaders - I challenge you to get after this through timely enrolling and managing Soldiers to complete SSD1, flexible promotion boards, and temporary promotions for pin-on-eligible Soldiers. Schedule BLC rapidly for Soldiers recommended for promotions.

Specialists - verify your Promotion Points Worksheet in IPPS-A, and then get with your unit HR team to update.

Help get our deserving Soldiers promoted!

Lt. Gen. Jody J. Daniels, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, outlines her expectations for the E-5 in 5 Initiative.


Junior Enlisted Promotion Overview pdf link


  • Time-in-Service (TIS): 36 months
  • Time-in-Grade (TIG): 12 months
  • Waiver 
    • TIS: 18 months
    • TIG: 6 months


  • Conduct semi-centralized boards (in-person or virtually for board members), outside of the Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army (IPPS-A), for aspiring E5s and E6s (no appearance for Troop Program Units (TPU) Soldiers) at battalion level or higher at least quarterly to ensure eligible Soldiers are considered for promotion.
  • Increase frequency to monthly if unit Soldiers are eligible for promotion consideration in accordance with Chief of Army Reserve policy.


  • Promotion Point Worksheet (PPW): The PPW is based on documents in the system of record. Ensure Personnel Records are updated during month of consideration, and annually through unit Human Resources Professional/G1/S1.
  • Decline Consideration: Can opt to submit a declination statement through Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Support Channel to request removal from the personnel record review.

If slated for promotion and is pin-on eligible, IPPS-A produces reassignment orders with future effective date (40-45 days out).


  • Notify Commander (CDR) to make Soldier election on the Promotion Consideration Roster (PCR) by 11th day of the month.
  • Forward PPW of eligible Soldiers to Command Sergeant Major/Sergeant Major (CSM/SGM) board president.
  • Notify promotion authority to sign board memorandum.
  • Enter board results onto PCR; promotion authority approves by 26th day.

**A Soldier’s signature is not required on PPW for consideration**
**The IPPS-A PPW is the only document required for the board**
**A board can be conducted at any time during the month**


  • CDR (Company)/CSM/1SG: Soldiers not recommended for promotion will be indicated using IPPS-A and counseled using DA Form 4856, providing recommendations on how to improve promotion eligibility.
  • CSM: Manage junior enlisted promotion board. May provide direct promotion recommendation to promotion authority in lieu of board, at this time. CSM/SGM serve as board president.
  • CDR (Battalion): Is the promotion authority. Recommend/Not Recommend election and approve eligible Soldiers on the PCR in IPPS-A.

See references for step-by-step process, abbreviation definitions and timelines:

Questions? usarmy.usarc.usarc-hq.mbx.g1-enl-promotions@army.mil