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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 Ranks

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

9-5. Promotion Boards

9-6. Infantry Ranks

9-7. Expeditionary Air Wing Ranks

9-8. Expediationary Air Wing Trade Training


9-1. Introduction

The promotion system within 4IB is one of the more difficult ladders to climb, with multiple prerequisites required to obtain each rank, outlined below. With each respective rank, additional responsibilities and requirements are bestowed upon and required from the member.

Additionally, members will be promoted and transferred dependant on Operational Requirements, outlined in Section 2-8.


9-2. Recommendations

Relevant Detachment Commanders can make recommendations for members within their detachment to attend any relevant Promotional Courses, including but not limited to: JNCO, SCBC and JMLC.


9-3. Acting Ranks

An acting rank is given to members who have shown the correct attitude, knowledge and enthusiasm but have yet to complete the relevant promotional courses required to hold the substantive rank. A member that holds the Acting (A/) prefix is required to complete any outstanding relevant courses within a pre-agreed time frame (Usually 3-Months) of their promotion, otherwise the member will be demoted back to the previous rank or a suitable one dependant on Operational Requirements, as per Section 2-8.

This section may be overruled by Battlegroup HQ if there is an Urgent Operation Requirement as per Section 2-8.


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

Leadership positions and ranks within 4IB require a standardised understanding of how to best utilise those under your command including relevant attachments/detachments. As a result members will be required to complete specific promotional courses to inform them of how best to achieve the aim of their role once appointed to the position. These courses are administered by J7-Training.

Members who are attending any J7 Promotional Courses are required to have an attendance of 80% for participating troops and 60% for directing staff tracking. Attendance waives can be created by the Course Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) for participating troops and directing staff if attendance requirements are not met, however good reason needs to be supplied.

Below are the relevant attendance requirements for each respective course:
  • Junior Non-Commissioned Officers’ Cadres (JNCO): 5/6 Weeks, required to attend Final Exercise.
  • Section Commanders’ Battle Course (SCBC): 3/4 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.


9-5. Promotion Boards

A Promotion Board usually consists of a representative/s from Battlegroup HQ and relevant members of the Detachment HQ. These are designed to assess performance, attributes of potential candidates put forward for promotion.

For promotion to the rank of Sergeant (Sgt.) or above the recommendations shall be reviewed by a representative/s from Battlegroup HQ and if applicable Company HQ.

Members selected for promotion, if they have not already will be required to complete the relevant promotional course for their prospective rank.

Any open positions will be announced via the forums and members can apply if they meet the basic requirements listed (Unless the role is under the effects of Section 2-8).


9-6. Infantry Ranks

The minimum requirements for each rank are shown below:

Infantry Enlisted Ranks

Soldier Under Training (SuT.)
  • A member is inducted into the infantry as an SuT. This rank holds no requirements.
Private (Pte.)
  • Phase 1 Pass
Lance Corporal (LCpl.)
  • L7A2 SAA Cse, L2A1 ASM SAA Cse, K170A1 NLAW SAA Cse, Driving Cse, Searcher Cse, Signals Cse.
  • Must have attended the above courses prior to the completion of JNCO Cadre.
  • JNCO Cadre is to be completed within 3-Months of promotion to Acting Rank.
  • Encouraged to join a J-Office. (Space permitting)
  • May have to pass a promotion board.
Corporal (Cpl.)
  • DIT Cse
  • All LCpl Cse requirements.
  • SCBC is to be completed within 3-Months of promotion to Acting Rank.
  • Encouraged to join a J-Office. (Space permitting)
  • May have to pass a promotion board.
  • Must run an Phase 3 Course at least once every month.
Sergeant (Sgt.)
  • All Cpl Cse requirements.
  • PSBC is to be completed within 3-Months of promotion to Acting Rank, and an additional monitoring period of up to a month.
  • Be in at least 1 J-Office (Space permitting)
  • Must pass a promotion board.
Colour Sergeant (CSgt.)
  • This rank is an Admin Rank within 4IB.
  • Selected by Battlegroup HQ.
Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2.)
  • All Sgt. Cse requirements.
  • Be in at least 1 J-Office (Space permitting)
  • Member must pass a promotion board consisting of Battlegroup HQ.
Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1.)
  • All Sgt. Cse requirements.
  • Be in at least 1 J-Office (Space permitting)
  • Member must pass a promotion board consisting of Battlegroup HQ.
Infantry Officer Ranks

Second Lieutenant (2Lt.)
  • All Cpl Cse requirements to apply for Junior Officer.
  • Member must pass a promotion board.
  • Be in at least 1 J-Office (Space permitting)
Lieutenant (Lt.)
  • This rank will be awarded when the member has attained experience relevant to their role as a Second Lieutenant (2Lt.) – Usually around a 6 Month Period.
  • Be in at least 1 J-Office (Space permitting)
Captain (Capt.)
  • This rank will be awarded when the member has attained experience relevant to their role as a Lieutenant (Lt.)
  • Head of at least 1 J-Office (Space permitting).
Major (Maj.)
  • This rank will be awarded when the member has attained experience relevant to their role as a Captain (Capt.)
  • Member must be in post as a Company Commander.
  • Head of at least 1 J-Office (Space permitting).
Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col.)
  • This rank will be awarded to the current Commanding Officer by a committee of current Battlegroup HQ dependent on Operational Requirement.
 
Extra Information:
  • Under UOR Battlegroup HQ can waive requirements to Section 9-6 to allow for a clear Chain of Command as per Section 2-8.

9-7. Expeditionary Air Wing Ranks

Frontline Squadrons within EAW will each contain their own Rank structure. Members of these squadrons will have to meet certain requirements to be eligible for promotion to the next rank. The criteria are listed below:

Royal Air Force Ranks

Aircraftman (AC)
  • Training rank only.
  • Members are inducted into EAW as Aircraftman.
  • This rank holds no requirements.
Leading Aircraftman (LAC)
  • Training rank only.
  • Must pass Phase 1 and DTT.
Senior Aircraftman (SAC)
  • Must hold all courses required for LAC.
  • Must complete the RAF Medic or RAF Loadmaster trade training pathway as outlined in 9-8.
Corporal (Cpl)
  • Must have been an SAC for a minimum of 2 months.
  • Must have been recommended for promotion by Squadron HQ, and approved by EAW HQ.
  • Must pass JMLC.
  • Must hold all courses required for RAF SAC.
Sergeant (Sgt)
  • Must have been a substantive Cpl for a minimum of 3 months.
  • Must be selected for promotion by EAW HQ.
  • After appointment, must pass NCAITC.
  • Must hold all courses required for RAF Cpl.
Flight Sergeant (FS)
  • Must have been a substantive Sgt for a minimum of 3 months.
  • Must be selected for promotion by EAW HQ.
  • Must hold all courses required for RAF Sgt.
Warrant Officer (WO)
  • Must pass a promotion board.
  • Must be appointed to EAW HQ and approved by BGHQ.
  • Must have completed 2 consecutive deployments.
Officer Cadet (Off Cdt)
  • Training rank only.
  • Must pass phase 1 and DTT.
  • Must pass Elementary Flight School Selection.
Pilot Officer (Plt Off)
  • Must pass Elementary Flight School Cross Check.
  • Must hold all courses required for Off Cdt.
  • Must complete the RAF pilot training pathway as outlined in 9-8.
  • For No.II (AC) Squadron, in the first 3 months of appointment, must complete the Typhoon FGR4 Conversion course, PPW qualification, and the SERE B course.
  • For No. 18 Squadron, in the first 3 months of appointment, must complete the Initial Chinook Conversion Course and Night Flying Course.
Flying Officer (Fg Off)
  • Must have been a substantive Plt Off for a minimum of 3 months.
  • Must pass IOTC.
  • For No.II (AC) Squadron, in the first 3 months of appointment, must complete the DIT course.
  • For No. 18 Squadron, in the first 3 months of appointment, must complete the Advanced Chinook Conversion Course.
  • Must hold all courses required for Plt Off.
Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt)
  • Must have been selected for promotion by EAW HQ.
Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr)
  • Must have been selected for promotion by EAW HQ and approved by BGHQ.
Wing Commander (Wg Cdr)
  • Must have been appointed into CO EAW role by BGHQ.
Royal Air Force Regiment Ranks

Aircraftman (AC)
  • Members are inducted into EAW as Aircraftman.
  • This rank holds no requirements.
Leading Aircraftman (LAC)
  • Training rank only.
  • Must pass Phase 1 and DTT.
Senior Aircraftman (SAC)
  • Must hold all courses required for LAC.
  • Must complete the JTAC trade training pathway for their role as outlined in 9-8.
Lance Corporal (LCpl)
  • Must hold all courses required for SAC.
  • Must pass JMLC
  • Must have been selected for promotion by Squadron HQ, and approved by EAW HQ.
Corporal (Cpl)
  • Must have been an LCpl for a minimum of 2 months.
  • Must have been selected for promotion by Squadron HQ, and approved by EAW HQ.
  • Must hold all courses required for RAFR LCpl.
Sergeant (Sgt)
  • Must have been a substantive Cpl for a minimum of 3 months.
  • Must be selected for promotion by EAW HQ.
  • After appointment, must pass NCAITC.
  • Must hold all courses required for RAFR Cpl.
Army Air Corps Ranks

Corporal (Cpl)
  • Training rank only.
  • Must pass phase 1 and DTT.
  • Must pass Elementary Flight School Selection.
Sergeant (Sgt)
  • Must pass Elementary Flight School Cross Check.
  • Must hold all courses required for Cpl.
  • Must complete the AAC pilot training pathway as outlined in 9-8.
  • In the first 3 months of appointment, must complete the Apache Conversion Course and Night Flying Course.
Staff Sergeant (SSgt)
  • Must have been a substantive Sgt for a minimum of 3 months.
  • Must be selected for promotion by EAW HQ.
  • Must pass NCAITC.
  • In the first 3 months of appointment, must complete the Apache Gunner Conversion Course.
  • Must hold all courses required for AAC Sgt.
Second Lieutenant (2Lt)
  • Must pass IOTC.
  • Must have been selected for promotion by EAW HQ.
Lieutenant (Lt)
  • Must have been selected for promotion by EAW HQ.
Extra Info

Under UOR, EAW HQ can request rank requirements to be waived. This must be approved by BGHQ to allow for a clear Chain of Command as per Section 2-8. If a rank requirement is waived the individual will have 90 days from the date of promotion to acquire all outstanding rank requirements previously waived.



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