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Question: In AR 600-8-19, chapter 3, Para 3-43, Driver and Mechanic Badge, maximum 5 points.  1 June 2011 it will be changed to
10 points.  Will Soldiers who have multiple Driver and Mechanic Badges be able to get points for more than one?

Answer: NO.  A Soldier will only receive a maximum of 10 points for award of the basic Driver & Mechanic Badge.

Question: With the change, Drill SGT, Recruiter, Parachute, and Air Assault badges will be awarded points but not the schools.  
Will the system be set up to ignore these schools that are recorded on the ERB so the Soldiers don’t get points under military
education?

Answer: Yes.

Question: Certificates of Achievements (COA):  The maximum promotion points you can receive for COAs is 20.  Will the ERB be
adjusted so unit personnel can only input up to 4 COAs?  Right now you can input more than 4 COAs on the ERB.  

Answer: No, the system will be designed so that the Soldier can add all COA’s that they have, however, only 4 will earn promotion
points.

Question: How about points for the gold recruiting badge? The list shows only the basic recruiter badge.

Answer: The list was modified to include both the Gold Recruiter Badge and two newly approved badges (Space Badge and Master
Recruiter Badge).    You will be able to receive promotion points for the following:  

Master Recruiter Badge (20 points)
Gold Recruiter Badge (20 points)
Basic US Army Recruiter Badge (15 points)
It is important to note that award of promotion points for levels of proficiency (in this case, recruiting) are not cumulative.  Promotion
points for award of the Master Recruiter Badge are not added to points awarded for the Basic Recruiter Badge – but simply replace
the points earned for the lesser badge.

Question: I earned numerous awards and decorations during my prior service with the Marine Corps.  Will those awards qualify for
Army promotion points?

Answer: Yes, awards and decorations earned in other U.S. Uniformed Services receive the same points as
corresponding/equivalent Army awards.
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