US Army Regulation 600-8-19
Enlisted Promotions and Reductions
Updated 30 April 2010


The AR 600-8-19 prescribes policies and procedures governing promotion
and reduction of Army enlisted personnel. This regulation includes policy
statements, operating tasks, rules in support of operating tasks, and sequential steps of each operating task.

The AR 600-8-19 prescribes the enlisted promotions and reductions function of the military personnel system. It is linked to the AR 600–8 series and provides principles of support, standards of service, policies, tasks, rules, and steps governing all work required in the field to support promotions and reductions. It provides the objectives of the Army’s Enlisted Promotions System, which include filling authorized enlisted spaces with the best qualified Soldiers. Further, this system provides for career progression and rank that are in line with potential and for recognition of the best qualified Soldier, which will attract and retain the highest caliber Soldier for a career in the Army. Additionally, the system precludes promoting the Soldier who is not productive or not the best qualified, thus providing an equitable system for all Soldiers.

Army HQ provides an AR 600-8-19 pdf link at the bottom of this page.

The AR 600-8-19 applies to the Active Army, the Army National Guard/Army National Guard of the United States, and the U.S. Army Reserve, unless
otherwise stated. During mobilization, the proponent may modify chapters and policies contained in this regulation.

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AR 600-8-19

AR 600-8-19 - Enlisted Promotions and Reductions