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General. To be eligible for selection for promotion, an RC officer not on extended active duty must:

(1) Be on the RASL.

(2) Be an active member and participating satisfactorily in RC training.

(3) Meet the prescribed military educational requirements shown in table 7-1, paragraph 7-8.

(4) Meet the prescribed civilian educational requirements of U.S. Code, Title 10, Section 12205. The Code states that no person may be appointed to a grade above the grade of lieutenant in the Army Reserve or be Federally recognized in a grade above the grade of first lieutenant as a member of the Army National Guard unless that person has been awarded a baccalaureate degree by a qualifying institution. This does not apply to the following:

(a) The appointment to or recognition in a higher grade of a person who is appointed in or assigned for service in a health profession for which a baccalaureate degree is not a condition of original appointment or assignment.

(b) The appointment to or recognition in a higher grade of any person who was appointed to, or Federally recognized in, the grade of captain before 1 October 1995.

(c) Recognition in the grade of captain or major in the Alaska Army National Guard of a person who resides permanently at a location in Alaska that is more than 50 miles from each of the cities of Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau by paved road, and who is serving in a scout unit or a scout supporting unit.

(5) Meet the prescribed civilian educational requirements of AR 135-155.

(a) Army Nurse Corps officers appointed on or after 1 October 1986 must possess a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an ac­credited educational institution prior to promotion to major.

(b) Officers other than Army nurses appointed on or after 1 October 1987 must possess a baccalaureate from an accredited educational institution prior to promotion to major.

(6) Have served the required time in grade shown in table 2-1, AR 135-155.

Reserve appointments. Upon release from active duty, officers with Reserve appointments are transferred in the grade satisfactorily held while on the ADL and, if accepted, may transfer to an ARNG unit or USAR TPU; otherwise, they are transferred to the USAR IRR. The officer also retains his or her time in grade. Officers on the ADL selected for promotion, removed from the ADL before being promoted, and transferred to the RASL in the same competitive category, shall be placed on an appropriate promotion list for Reserve of the Army promotion without the need for further consid­eration. Regular Army officers who leave active service must apply and be accepted for a first-time Reserve appointment to enter Re-serve duty.

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Above information derived from Army Pamplet 600-3

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