Friday, May 7, 2021

S1NET Message Summary - 7 May 21

 1. OML-BASED NCO PROMOTIONS. From the Army G-1: After 51 years of promoting NCOs from an annual promotion selection list, for the very first time the Army will select eligible NCOs for promotion from an annual order of merit list (OML) stemming from an NCO Evaluation Board. The OML is not a promotion list. Only NCOs who meet all of the requirements for promotion (from that OML) are eligible and that condensed list (in OML order) constitutes the list of who can be promoted. For the June 2021 promotion month, the Army will use the FY21 Sergeant First Class (SFC) OML to inform which SFC meet all of the eligibility criteria (PME, TIG, TIS, not flagged, etc.) for promotion to Master Sergeant (MSG). The Army establishes eligibility for promotion selection based on individual Soldiers’ qualifications as of 26 April 2021 for promotion pin-on for the June 2021 promotion month. Of course, there must also be requirements (shortages) in an MOS too. NCOs selected for promotion to MSG effective 1 June 2021 will be announced on/about 15 May 2021. There will be one obvious outcome that may raise questions: Many NCOs with lower OML numbers (i.e., # 1, 2, 3 etc.) will not be selected for promotion over others with higher OML numbers because they are not eligible for promotion. Why will this happen?

     a. The FY21 SFC Evaluation Board OML contains 23,386 SFC who were established as Most Qualified (MQ)/Fully Qualified (FQ) by the board. When eligibility criteria (as of 26 April 2021) for promotion to MSG is applied to those names, a total of 1,886 (or 8%) are actually eligible for promotion effective on 1 June 2021. Eligibility for promotion to MSG includes (for example) meeting the TIS/TIG requirements, being a MLC graduate, and being in good standing (not flagged). 

     b. The OML also informs selection for MLC attendance. There are 19,494 NCOs who are not graduates of MLC on that OML. The Army began to use that OML to select SFC for MLC attendance in March 2021. Each month, more and more of the NCOs on the OML with low sequence numbers (i.e., # 1, 2, 3 etc.) will be selected for MLC training seats and each month, as they graduate, they will become eligible for promotion selection. This evolution and transition from one set of procedures to a new one is unavoidable and in time, as merit-based OML training opportunities are realized, merit-based OML promotions will be realized. It simply takes time to see the effects of change.

     c. TAKEAWAYS:

          1) Be patient as the Army transitions

          2) Be aware of promotion requirements by looking at the quarterly promotion projections at

          3) Do not miss your training opportunity when it is made available to you

2. APPEARANCE AND GROOMING POLICIES FOR THE UNITED STATES ARMY, 30 APR 21. This memo from the Acting Secretary of the Army announces immediate actions to modify the appearance and grooming policies outlined in Army Regulation (AR) 670-1 (Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia). Policy updates are provided on female hair, nail polish, lipstick, and earrings.  Specifics of these changes are covered in ALARACT 040/2021, summarized below, and also attached at the following link.

3. DTAS v3.6.11 MOBILE SYSTEM (NIPR) RELEASE NOTES. From HRC Sustems Support Branch: The deployment of the DTAS v3.6.11 release to the NIPRNet environment will be completed shortly, and users will be notified you when the DTAS system is operational (please note that the deployments of the new version to the DTAS SIPRNet and Training environments have not yet been scheduled).  Major Command Manager, Personnel Manager, APOD, and Dashboard users will be able to leverage the system as soon as the deployment is complete.


     a. FORT BRAGG’S SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM TOP PERFORMERS FOR THE 2ND QUARTER. On behalf of the Fort Bragg Directorate of Human Resources, MPD Reassignment Branch, and FORSCOM G-1 HRTAB we would like to congratulate the 2nd Quarter Winners, 1st BCT/ 82nd Airborne Division, 82nd Sus Bde, 3rd ESC and the 20th Eng Bde as the Fort Bragg Installation Sponsorship Top Performers. Thank you and great job to the unit's leadership, the G-1/S-1s and Fort Bragg MPD for taking care of the Soldiers and their families.

5. Recently published Army Directives (AD) and All Army Activity (ALARACT) messages. New ALARACTs and ADs are also posted on APD at the following link.

     a. ARMY DIRECTIVE 2021-14, ARMY PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST AND ARMY COMBAT FITNESS TEST, 29 APR 21. This directive supersedes Army Directive 2020-06, in part, to allow specialists and corporals (E-4s) the opportunity to volunteer to take the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) during the transition to the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT}. This directive provides those Soldiers the opportunity to fairly compete for promotion or other personnel and administrative requirements. See the AD for specifics.

     b. ALARACT 040/2021, UNITED STATES ARMY APPEARANCE AND GROOMING MODIFICATIONS (CUI), DTG: R 042115Z MAY 21. This message replaces ALARACT 016/2021, which is now inactive. The purpose of this message is to provide notice that AR 670–1 is being revised to implement the new appearance and grooming policies. Some of the key points are:  Women are authorized to wear ponytails in all uniforms on duty; Hair will be neatly and inconspicuously secured in a singular ponytail, two braids, or a singular braid and will not extend past the bottom of the shoulder blades when standing at the position of attention; and Ponytails are not required to be tucked into the Soldier’s uniform, but should not hinder their physical performance or increase their risk to safety. Also attached with this message are PowerPoint slides which provide supporting information and pictorial examples of the modifications. See the message for specifics.

6. Recently published Military Personnel (MILPER) messages and Military Pay E-Messages.  None. All MILPER messages are available on the HRC MILPER web page at All Military Pay E-Messages are available on milBook at

7. NEW/REVISED PUBLICATIONS. The following new/revised ARs, DA Pams, ADPs, ADRPs, ATPs, ATTPs, and FMs have been published on the APD website during the past month. If the links provided do not work for you, go to the APD website at the following link and use the search function to look for the new edition.

     a. AR 600-4, 04/20/2021, Remission or Cancellation of Indebtedness.

     b. AR 600-8-2, 04/5/2021, Suspension of Favorable Personnel Actions (FLAG).

     c. ATP 3-05.1, 04/9/2021, Unconventional Warfare at the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Level.

     d. ATP 3-11.74, 04/15/2021, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Platoons.

     e. ATP 3-34.22, 04/14/2021, Engineer Operations--Brigade Combat Team and Below.

     f. ATP 3-39.4, 04/9/2021, Military Police Platoons.

     g. ATP 3-90.99, 04/7/2021, Desert Operations (MCTP 12-10D).

     h. ATP 3-94.4, 05/5/2021, Reconstitution Operations.

     i. DA PAM 600-34, 04/20/2021, Procedures: Remission or Cancellation of Indebtedness.

8. FORSCOM WIAS POSITIONS (UPDATED A/O 22 APR 21). Hot openings listed at the following link. 

9. ARNG/USAR POSITIONS/JOBS AVAILABLE.  S1NET members have posted the following RC position/job vacancy information.  For a listing of all USAR primary vacancies (updated weekly) visit Units/commands who wish to post vacancies on S1NET may do so by following the instructions posted on the front page of the Job Announcements topic at the following link. Those posts which are in the correct location and which are posted in accordance with the instructions provided will be included in a future S1NET Message Summary.

     a. 3-304th Regiment, (USMA), TPU, Multiple Vacancies, EN/WO/Off, Duty locations in ME, NY, NJ.







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