The Below the Zone Promotion System
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The Below The Zone BZ Promotion System is currently being studied by the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel with a view toward requiring future promotion boards to select the maximum percentage of BZ officers at each field grade promotion point. This essay investigates the history of BZ promotions and the impact of varying BZ promotion policy. The essay examines information which is known about the system and cautions against its use as a management tool when apparently little information is available regarding the systems impact. The BZ system affects few people directly, but indirectly affects the entire Officer Corps. For this reason, the BZ system should only be changed when it is obvious from thorough study that a change is required.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations