US Army promoted over 10,000 soldiers without required military education, training: report

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The U. S. Army has promoted over 10,000 noncommissioned officers (NCO) over the last two years who have yet to complete the required military education and training academies, according to a report.

Since enacting a temporary pandemic-era policy in 2021 that allowed NCOs to be promoted without the courses, the Army has promoted about 52,000 NCOs, but about 20%, or 10,588, have yet to complete their courses to retain their new rank, according to Army data obtained by Military.com.

If the courses were not completed within a year of being promoted, the NCOs were supposed to lose their rank. But the outlet reported that the Army did not want to issue such a large number of demotions at one time.

The Army told Fox News Digital in an emailed statement that it is conducting a review of the matter.

"We are conducting a review of all Soldiers with exceptions to the STEP [Select, Train, Educate and Promote Policy] policy prior to suspension," the statement said. "As we align policies we will ensure that we are taking care of Soldiers, informing commanders, units and Soldiers of the changes and correcting any actions that are counter to the suspension of the STEP policy."... (Read more)