Armed Forces News

The Army’s sergeant first class promotion board will be held three months earlier than scheduled, and selected noncommissioned officers will start pinning on rank in February 2005, officials said. The promotion board was first scheduled for that month, but was moved up to November 2004. The master sergeant promotion board will be held one month earlier in September 2004, instead of the originally scheduled month of October. Convening the boards ahead of schedule ensures the Army has the right number of Soldiers in these ranks as it fights the Global War on Terrorism, said officials from the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, G1.