29 June 2009

U.S. Army makes battlefield promotions official policy

The Army Times reports here that the U.S. Army has made a pilot program of permitting battlefield promotions of staff sergeants (E-6) and below permanent policy. The other U.S. armed services do not permit battlefield promotions. Such promotions were common in World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars.

The lack of battlefield promotions for the other services raises a question about equal treatment between the services especially so in joint operations. Those enlisted Air Force-Coast Guard-Marine Corps-Navy servicemembers serving in joint operations with Army enlisted should be given equal battlefield promotion opportunities. Is it time for a Department of Defense policy addressing battlefield promotions for joint operations?

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