Military Connection: Info For Potential Reserve Commanders

Army Colonel

By Debbie Gregory.

Through June 5, 2015, the application window will be open for Army Reserve colonels and promotable lieutenant colonels who want to compete for brigade-level command assignments that will be opening in 2016.

The process for officers who are considered for command will include an approval board that will convene August 12th through 21st. The boards will compile order of merit lists to be used to fill command positions that become vacant as early as October of this year, and into 2016. Most of the command positions are scheduled for a tour of duty of 24 months stateside duty, and 36 months for overseas duty. Extensions of up to 36 months for stateside command positions must be approved by the chief of the Army Reserve.

Basic eligibility for these positions include:

Army Promotion List and Army Medical Department colonels and promotable lieutenant colonels of the AGR who are on the Reserve Active List. They must have mandatory release dates that will allow them to serve at least 24 months of command tenure based on a 30-year commissioned career.

The Army Reserve is also accepting applicants who are Active Guard Reserves (AGR) with the rank of lieutenant colonel, and are in the zone of eligibility for promotion to colonel. Officers who are passed over for promotion are not eligible for command.

Also eligible are colonels on the Army Promotion List (APL) and Army Medical Department colonels of the non-AGR categories of the Army Reserve who are on the Reserve Active List. They must have mandatory release dates that will allow them to serve at least 24 months of command tenure with a Troop Program Unit based on a 30-year commissioned career. APL, JAG and Military Technician lieutenant colonels who are in the zone of eligibility for promotion to colonel are also eligible. Officers who are passed over for promotion are not eligible for command.

Officer Evaluation Reports submitted for these boards must be received at the Human Resources Command by August 3, 2015. The online My Board File record review tool will open June 9th through August 15th for officers in the zone of consideration. My Board File can be accessed via the self-service link of the Human Resources Command homepage at www.hrc.army.mil.

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Military Connection: Info For Potential Reserve Commanders: By Debbie Gregory