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Reasons for Separation by QMP Board in the Army

“If you are looked at for QMP and you appeal and you win, you cannot be looked at for
QMP off the same data,” Snyder said. “If you do something wrong again you can, but
it is still looked at for promotion, so it’s going to take a while for that to filter out of the
system. If you are QMP’d you cannot come back to the Army, you also cannot go into
the Reserve or the Guard.”

Per Military Personnel, or MILPER, Message 15-394, “Procedures for the FY16 QMP,”
published Dec. 7, consideration for denial of continued service will occur when an
NCO receives one or more occurrences related to poor conduct or performance
based on:

• A general officer’s memorandum of reprimand

• Conviction by court martial or Uniform Code of Military Justice Article 15 punishment

• Department of the Army Form 2166-8, NCO Evaluation Report, or NCOER, with any
of three things:
• Relief for cause
• Annotation of “no” in Part IV, for (Army values)
• Senior rating of 4 (fair) or 5 (poor) in the overall performance or potential blocks

• DA Form 2166-9-2, NCOER for E-6 through E-8 with any of three items:
• Relief for cause
• Annotation of “did not meet standards” in Part IV, Blocks C, D, E, F, G, H or I
• Annotation of “not qualified” in Part V, Block A

• DA Form 2166-9-3, NCOER for E-9, with any of three things:
• Relief for cause
• Annotation of “did not meet standards” in Part IV, Blocks A or E
• Annotation of “not qualified” in Part V, Block A

• Academic Evaluation Report, DA Form 1059, indicating NCO Education System, or
NCOES, course failure

• Failure to qualify for promotion consideration to the next pay grade because of non-
completion of NCOES for two categories:
• E-6 who, on attainment of 48 months’ time-in-grade, has not graduated from the
Advanced Leaders Course
• E-7 who, on attainment of 48 months’ time-in-grade, has not graduated from the
Senior Leaders Course.

Simons, of HRC’s Enlisted Transitions Branch, said that on occasion, people do make
mistakes in reviewing a Soldier’s file.

“If a Soldier finds something with the document that identified them for QMP
consideration, and they don’t feel that it qualifies them for consideration, they should
contact us. The reason being that sometimes a Soldier will get identified for QMP
consideration and during the review of the documents, something might get
overlooked — that the document does in fact not qualify for QMP consideration,” he

“So rather than present mitigating matters to the board president, it is easier to let us
know up front. We can review it and if doesn’t qualify them, then we can remove that
Soldier from consideration before it becomes a matter of board record,” Simons said.

Contact information is in MILPER 15-394, which is available on the HRC website.

“We review thousands and thousands of records and then it is not uncommon for
somebody to just overlook something and say this document qualifies [the Soldier for
QMP consideration], when in fact it doesn’t,” Simons said.

“And we can take care of that up front rather than after the fact. After the fact, it
becomes much more difficult for the Soldier and for the Army.”

Leaders at all levels have a role to play in the process as well as the Soldier, Simons

“I would recommend that the leadership read the MILPER before they notify their
Soldiers, and if they have any questions to contact us. That way, when they are
counseling their Soldier, their questions have already been addressed, and if the
Soldier comes up with additional questions, we can certainly work those at that time,”
he said.

QMP exemptions

There are four categories of NCOs that QMP does not apply to:

• Those with approved retirements.

• Those previously retained on active duty by a QMP board, provided there’s no new
basis for QMP consideration since the earlier retention determination.

• E-9s who are within two years of their retention control point.

• Those who are promotable to the next higher grade, or have been selected to attend
the Sergeant Major Course for the purpose of promotion to sergeant major — this is
only applicable when the basis for QMP consideration was filed in the Soldier’s Army
Military Human Resource Record and was included in the official file seen by the
promotion/training selection board.

There are many other details in the MILPER relating to processes of separation,
appeals process, removal of unfavorable information from Soldiers’ records, due
process and so on.

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