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Where's the !@*&#ə¡ Promotion List?

By Lieutenant Commander Paul R B Kennedy, U.S. Navy

With the paucity of U.S. senators and members of Congress who have had military experience, perhaps a misunderstanding exists about the importance of promotions to the military. Our only meaningful pay raises occur with promotions, which for most only happen every four to six years depending on pay grade. The yearly cost-of-living increases and longevity raises barely keep our pay ahead of inflation.

But more important, the Navy's up-or-out policy adds extreme pressure to the wait. The careers of thousands of service members hang in the balance, and making them wait months for promotion results generates a serious morale and quality-of-life issue that we must address now.

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