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Section 09: Promotion System

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Section 9: Promotion System

9-1 Introduction
9-2 Recommendations
9-3 Acting
9-4 Completion of Command, Leadership and Management Courses, Tuition and Administration
9-5 Promotion Boards
9-6 Ranks
9-7 Joint Helicopter Command Ranks


9-1 Introduction

The Promotion System within the 4th Infantry Brigade is one of the more difficult ladders to climb with several prerequisites which are outlined below. With each respective rank gained, additional responsibilities are bestowed upon the member.
Additionally, members will be promoted and transferred depending on operational requirements outlined in Section 2-8.


9-2 Recommendations

Platoon HQ can make recommendations for members within the Infantry to attend any relevant Promotional Courses such as JNCO. Company HQ can make recommendations for members within Brigade Support Assets (BSA) to attend any relevant Promotional Courses such as JNCO.


9-3 Acting - Infantry

An acting rank is given to members who have shown the correct attitude, knowledge and enthusiasm but have not completed the relevant promotional course to hold the full rank. A member that holds the Acting prefix is required to complete any outstanding relevant courses within 3 months of their promotion. Otherwise the member will be demoted back to the previous rank or one suitable if there are no positions available, or until one is and has been reviewed by Company HQ as outlined in Section 2-8. 

This section can be overruled by Company HQ if there is an Urgent Operational Requirement.


9-4 Completion of Command, Leadership and Management Courses, Tuition and Administration

Leadership position and ranks within 4IB require a standardised understanding of how best to utilise those under your command as well as those detachments at the 4th Infantry Brigades disposal. As a result members will be required to complete specific promotional courses to inform them how best to achieve the aim of their role once appointed to the position. These courses are administered by the J7 training wing.

Members who are attending any J7 Training Wing Promotional Courses are required to have an attendance requirement of 80% to allow for participating troops and 60% for directing staff tracking. Attendance waivers can be created by the Course Senior Non-Commissioned Officer for participating troops and directing staff if attendance requirements aren't hit, but for good reason. Below is the attendance requirements for each respective course:

Junior Non-Commissioned Officers' Cadre: 5/6 weeks required to attend Final Exercise.
Section Commanders' Battle Course: 4/5 weeks required to attend Final Exercise.

Attendance will be tracked by the Course SNCO and the Admin Instructor to allow for correct backlogging of attendance for future courses.

With this, there are also Phase Three courses required to gain such an understanding of specialised roles within sections- these are a requirement before kit is issued and are administrated by leadership and J7. 


9-5 Promotion Boards

A Promotion Board, usually consisting of the Company HQ and respective Platoon HQ's will assess performance, attributes and potential of candidates put forward for promotion.

For Promotion to the rank Sergeant and above, the recommendations shall be reviewed by Company HQ.

Members selected for promotion will have a caveat of attending the JNCO Cadre, SCBC, PSBC or PCBC.

Any open positions available will be announced via the forums and members can apply if they meet the basic requirements listed.


9-6 Ranks

The minimum requirements for each rank are shown below:

Private (Pte.)
  • Phase 1 Course.
Lance Corporal (LCpl.)
  • L7A2 SAA Course.
  • L2A1 ASM SAA and K170A1 NLAW SAA Course.
  • Phase 2 Driving Course.
  • Searcher Course.
  • Signals Course.
  • Must have attended the above courses prior to attending JNCO Cadre.
  • JNCO Cadre is to be completed within 3 months of promotion to Acting rank date.
  • Encouraged to apply to join a J Office.
  • May have to pass promotion board 
  • These requirements can be overridden if the position is under UOR
Corporal (Cpl.)
  • DIT course
  • All courses required to be a LCpl.
  • SCBC is to be completed within 3 months of promotion to Acting rank date.
  • Be in at least 1 J Office.
  • Must have completed a task from Platoon HQ.
  • May have to pass  promotion board 
  • Approved by Company HQ.
  • These requirements can be overridden if the position is under UOR
Sergeant (Sgt.)
  • All courses required to be a Cpl.
  • PSBC will be conducted over a 1-3 month period OR a full deployment to promote to substantive rank..
  • Be in at least 2 J Offices.
  • Instructed on at least 2 Promotion Courses.
  • Must have completed at least 2 tasks given by Company HQ.
  • Pass promotion board as outlined in section 9.5.
  • These requirements can be overridden if the position is under UOR
Colour Sergeant (CSgt.)
  • This rank is an Admin Rank within the 4th Infantry Brigade.
  • Selected by Company HQ.
Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2.) (CSM)
  • Selected by Company HQ.
Second Lieutenant (2Lt.)
  • Be qualified up to the rank of Corporal to apply for Junior Officer.
  • Undergo at least 1 interview(s) or sit a Selection Board in front of Company HQ.
  • Must be in at least 2 J Offices.
  • Selected by Company HQ.
  • These requirements can be overridden if the position is under UOR
Lieutenant (Lt.)
  • This rank will be awarded when the member has attained the experience required within a Platoon.
  • Head of at least 1 J Office.
  • Selected by Company HQ.
Captain (Capt.)
  • This rank will be awarded when the member has attained the experience required within a Platoon or Company.
  • Head of at least 2 J Offices.
  • Member can remain as a Platoon Commander or be moved into Company HQ.

9-7 Air Command/Joint Helicopter Command Ranks

All JHC promotion boards will follow SOP 9-5.

The minimum requirements for each rank are shown below:

Leading Aircraftman/ Private (LAC.) (Pte.)
  • Phase 1.
  • Defence Technical Training.
Senior Aircraftman/Lance Corporal (SAC.) (LCpl.) 
  • Signals.
  • Driving.
  • Advanced Medical.
  •  JHC Land navigation.
  • Pass Promotion Board.
  • Encouraged to apply to join a J Office. 
  • JNCO (RAFR LCpl Only)
Lance Corporal (LCpl.) (RAFR)
  • ECAS Certified
  • Pass Promotion Board.
  • Encouraged to apply to join a J Office.
  • JNCO must be signed up to attend within 3 months of the acting date
(Anyone who will be partaking in any frontline operational role as part of their JHC duties must have completed the relevant infantry training courses for their rank.)

Corporal (Cpl.)
  • Aerial Gunnery.
  • ECAS Certified (AAC).
  • Pass Promotion Board.
  • Be in at least 1 J Office.
  • Must have completed the above courses prior to attending JMLC.
  • JMLC must be signed up to attend within 3 months of the acting date and completed within a timely manner.
  • SCBC must be signed up to attend within 3 months of the acting date and completed within a timely manner. (RAFR Only).
(Anyone who will be partaking in any frontline operational role as part of their JHC duties must have completed the relevant infantry training courses for their rank. )

Acting Pilot Officer/Acting Sergeant (A/Plt Off.) (A/Sgt.)
  • Selected for Elementary Flight School.
  • Pass Promotion Board. (Promotion board stands for those who are also on the fast track route.)
  • Be in at least 1 J Office.
  • Must Complete all courses required for full rank within 3 months of promotion date
  • Can be selected for the fast track program to fill a pilot position under UOR.
  • Elementary Flight School must be signed up to attend within 3 months of being promoted to Acting Pilot Officer / Sergeant. 
  • All courses for previous ranks must be signed up to attend within 3 months of promotion to Acting Pilot Officer / Sergeant. RAF
Sergeant (Aircrew) (Sgt.)
  • All courses required for Corporal (RAF).
  • DIT.
  • NCACITC will be conducted over a 6 month period.
  • Be in at least 1 J Office.
  • Pass Promotion Board.
Sergeant AAC (Sgt)
  • Pass Elementary Flight School.
  • DIT
  • Be in at least 1 J Office.
  • Pass Promotion Board. 
Staff Sergeant / Flight Sergeant (SSgt.) (FSgt.)
  • All courses required for Corporal.
  • DIT.
  • NCACITC will be conducted over a 6 month period. (RAF)
  • Be in at least 1 J Office.
  • Pass Promotion Board.
Pilot Officer/2nd Lieutenant (Plt Off.) (2Lt.) 
  • Pass Elementary Flight School.
  • DIT
  • Pass promotion board
  • Be in at least 1 J Office.
Flying Officer (Fg Off.) Second Lieutenant (2Lt)
  • Be in at least 1 J Office.
  • Pass Promotion Board.
  • Be head of a squadron or in Air Command HQ (ACHQ)
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Below Ranks are subject to requirement within JHC and will only be issued where required:

Lieutenant  (Lt) (AAC ONLY)
  • Head of at least 1 J Office.
  • Pass Promotion Board.
Captain (Capt.) / Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt)
  • Pass Promotion Board.
Major (Maj) / Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) 
  • Pass Promotion Board.
Notes:  
To transfer to No. 34 Sqn a minimum of 2 months experience must be gained in either RAF or AAC. Must also be qualified up to the rank of SAC. The transfer must fall in line with SOP 2-4. This decision can be waived by Air Command HQ if 34 Sqn were to ever fall under UOR.

JHC Courses:  
  • Defence Technical Training (As per document)
  • ECAS (As per document)
  • Aerial Gunnery (As per document)
  • JHC Land Nav (As per document)
  • JMLC (As per document)
  • Elementary Flight School (As per document)
  • NCACITC (One full deployment in acting rank)
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