Experienced Legal Representation Helping Military Members Appeal the QMP Process
The Army Qualitative Management Program (QMP) is a program established under Army Directive 2014-06. The stated purpose of the QMP is to identify noncommissioned officers (NCOs) whose performance, conduct, or potential for advancement do not meet Army standards for continued service. The QMP also encourages Soldiers to maintain their eligibility for continued service in the Army. Being selected for the QMP process can have potentially devastating results and can come when a Soldier has served for upwards of 17 years.
WHAT ARE REASONS FOR BEING SELECTED AS PART OF THE QMP
NCOs are considered for QMP selection under one of three circumstances:
- The NCO has negative information included in his or her AHMRR/MILPER. Negative information includes: a General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand (GOMOR or sometimes spelled GOMAR); a court-martial conviction; an Article 15 non-judicial punishment; a negative or referred NCOER; or a Service School Academic Evaluation Report failure.
- The Army deputy chief of staff, G-1, or designee, approves a QMP selection request from the NCO’s commander with General Court-Martial Convening Authority, or a referral to the QMP selection process from the Human Resources Command commander or his designee.
- The NCO fails to qualify for promotion consideration to the next grade because he or she failed to complete the appropriate level of NCOES training.
The majority of NCOs selected for the QMP process are chosen under the first circumstance listed. NCOs who have negative information such as a GOMOR/GOMAR, Article 15, court-martial conviction, or negative NCOER should speak to a military defense attorney about the options to have this negative information removed from an AMHRR.
The QMP process is typically held congruently with senior NCO selection boards. NCOs in the Regular Army and U.S. Army Reserve (Active Guard Reserve) may be subject to the QMP process except when:
- The NCO has an approved retirement.
- The NCO has been previously retained on active duty by a QMP board and there is no new basis for a QMP board.
- The NCO holds the rank of CSM or SGM and are within 2 years of the retention control point for their rank; or
- The NCO is promotable to the next higher grade when the basis for the QMP consideration was filed in the Army Military Human Resources Record (AMHRR) and was included in the official file seen by the promotion board.
WHAT TO DO WHEN NOTIFIED
NCOs selected for the QMP process will be notified by their chain of command. The notification of selection will specify the reason that the Soldier has been selected. Upon notification the NCO will have the option to submit matters of mitigation to the president of the QMP selection board within 30 days. Eligible Soldiers may opt to voluntarily retire instead of facing the QMP board. NCOs are not provided the opportunity to make a personal appearance before the QMP selection board. NCOs that have been notified of selection for the QMP process should immediately speak to an attorney about what kind of mitigation information should be provided to the QMP president.
WHAT CAN CRISP AND ASSOCIATES MILITARY LAW DO FOR YOU?
QMP Appeals: If a Soldier has been denied continued service by the QMP process, he or she has the option to appeal the decision and request retention in the Army. We will assist you in sending a notice of intent to appeal to Army Human Resources within 7 days of receipt of the QMP results as well as assist in drafting the appeal to your commander, which must take place within 30 days of receipt of the QMP results. Appeals are limited to newly discovered evidence, the subsequent removal of negative information from the Soldier’s AMHRR, or a material error in the Soldier’s record that was reviewed by the QMP board. There are a myriad of issues to consider in how to approach your appeal and what to include as part of the appeal process. Contact us today to discuss your options and ways we can best protect your years of honorable and dedicated service.