This SOP provides support, standards, policies, tasks, rules, and any steps support promotions and reductions of ranks. It provides the objectives of the IGT promotion system which includes filling positions with the most qualified. The intent of the SOP is to assist in the decision making of rank and role changes.

It shall also assist future leaders of the requirements expected of them at each level of the Chain of Command.

Ranks

Enlisted, NCO(s) & SNCO(s)

Enlisted ranks cover everything from day 1 Privates to veteran specialists, enlistees mostly in non-leadership roles but can convert at any time assuming a position is available to do so. The majority of IGT will be enlisted in rank, everyone starts here and will automatically progress up in rank as they meet requirements, some will choose to stay here.


Non-Commissioned Officers NCO(s)

NCOs are the first step up the chain of command, Corporals & Sergeants. These junior leaders can be both on and off the battlefield. Non-field Leadership roles are reserved for Drill Instructors and Training Instructors, in-case they do not already hold an NCO rank or higher. Field Leading NCO(s) are Fireteam and Squad Leaders.

NCO(s) set an example for others to follow and enforce the IGT code of conduct and SOP(s) they are promoted and selected by SNCO(s) and Officers.


Senior Non-Commissioned Officers

SNCO(s) are Senior NCO(s) holding a rank equal or greater to Staff Sergeant and up to the rank of Sergeant Major. They can hold positions both on and off the battlefield, with the latter being either Senior Training or Drill Instructors, Staff or Training Officers. SNCO(s) play a major supporting role to officers, using their experience to assist and support officers in commanding the unit.

Field Leading SNCO(s) include veteran FTLs or SLs, PSGs, PLs, PMs and CSMs.

Application and Recruit Stage Infantry Ranks
Grade E-1 E-2 E-3
Insignia
Title Recruit Private Private First Class
Abbreviation REC PVT PFC
Requirements
Merit Marks 0 MM 2 MM 15 MM
Requirements 1 Application Accepted 
Booked onto Roster 
Completed Introduction Interview
Successful Completion 
of Basic Training 
Drill Instructor Review 
Selected for Assignment
FTL
Recommendation 
Fireteam Leader Review
1The requirements listed are a guidance as to when an individual will be considered for promotion and it should not be taken as a fact. The most important requirement for promotion is the Review stage, where all aspects will be looked at, including involvement, general attitude, good conduct, potential etc
Specialist Ranks (Non Leadership)
E-4 E-5 E-6 E-7 E-8 E-9
Specialist Specialist Class 5 Specialist Class 6 Specialist Class 7 Specialist Class 8 Specialist Class 9
SPC SP5 SP6 SP7 SP8 SP9
Junior Non-Commissioned Officers Senior Non-Commissioned Officers
Corporal Sergeant Staff Sergeant Sergeant First Class Master Sergeant 
First Sergeant*
Sergeant Major
CPL SGT SSG SFC MSGT/ 1SG* SGM
Requirements
30 MM 45 MM 60 MM 80 MM 100 MM 120 MM
FTL
Recommendation 
Section Leader Review
FTL
Recommendation 
Section Leader Review
FTL/SL
Recommendation 
SL Review
FTL/SL 
Recommendation 
SL Review
FTL/SL/PL
Recommendation 
PL Review
FTL/SL/PL
Recommendation 
PL Review
1The requirements listed are a guidance as to when an individual will be considered for promotion and it should not be taken as a fact. The most important requirement for promotion is the Review stage, where all aspects will be looked at, including involvement, general attitude, good conduct, potential etc
*Can only be held by One Individual at any given time

 

 

Airmen

Application and Recruit Stage Airmen Ranks
Grade E-1 E-2 E-3 E-4
Insignia
Title Recruit Airman Airman First Class Senior Airman
Abbreviation REC Amn A1C SrA
Requirements
Merit Marks 0 MM 2 MM 15 MM 30 MM
Requirements 1 Application Accepted 
Booked onto Roster 
Completed Introduction Interview
Successful Completion 
of Basic Training 
Drill Instructor Review 
Selected for Assignment
TI/DI/FTL/SL/SO/TO 
Recommendation 
Fireteam Leader Review
TI/DI/FTL/SL/SO/TO 
Recommendation 
Section Leader Review
1The requirements listed are a guidance as to when an individual will be considered for promotion and it should not be taken as a fact. The most important requirement for promotion is the Review stage, where all aspects will be looked at, including involvement, general attitude, good conduct, potential etc
NCO Airman Ranks
E-5 E-6 E-7 E-8 E-9
Staff Sergeant Technical Sergeant Master Sergeant Senior Master Sergeant 
First Sergeant*
Chief Master Sergeant
SSgt TSgt MSgt SMSgt/1stSgt* CMSgt
Requirements
45 MM 60 MM 80 MM 100 MM 120 MM
FTL/SL/SO/TO 
Recommendation 
Section Leader Review
SL/SO/TO 
Recommendation 
SL Review
SL/SO/TO 
Recommendation 
SL Review
SO/TO/XO/CO 
Recommendation 
CO/XO/PL Review
SO/TO/XO/CO 
Recommendation 
CO/XO/PL Review
1The requirements listed are a guidance as to when an individual will be considered for promotion and it should not be taken as a fact. The most important requirement for promotion is the Review stage, where all aspects will be looked at, including involvement, general attitude, good conduct, potential etc
*Can only be held by One Individual at any given time

Warrant Officers

Warrant Officers are a unique line of leadership positions which are only attainable by appointment of a Commanding Officer, the have no other requirements - hence the name "Warrant" meaning (authorisation) of the CO. WO Ranks are only below that of the Commissioned Officers. WO ranks are reserved for skilled or dedicated personnel aspiring to leadership positions who lack operational experience or time in grade required, allowing them to be elevated up the chain of command in order to have the authority required for a particular role.

By example, many pilots are Warrant Officers in order to command their squadrons without meeting the requirements of the  IGT Platoon Leaders.

Officers by Warrant
Grade W-1 W-2 W-3 W-4 W-5
Insignia
Title Warrant Officer One Chief Warrant Officer Two Chief Warrant Officer Three Chief Warrant Officer Four* Chief Warrant Officer Five*
Abbreviation WO1 CWO2 CWO3 CWO4* CWO5*
Requirements
Requirements 1 Awarded by HQ Awarded by HQ Awarded by HQ Awarded by HQ Awarded by HQ
1The requirements listed are a guidance as to when an individual will be considered for promotion and it should not be taken as a fact. The most important requirement for promotion is the Review stage, where all aspects will be looked at, including involvement, general attitude, good conduct, potential etc
*Can only be held by One Individual at any given time

Commissioned Officers

Commissioned Officers are the senior battalion officers at the top of the chain of command. Covering the ranks from 2nd Lieutenant to Lieutenant Colonel. 2nd Lieutenants usually get their commission after leading a platoon as an SNCO when the platoon reaches its full capacity. Officer ranks are based on time in service and the size of the unit that the officer commands. The larger these two figures are - the higher rank the officer will hold. It is for this reason that officers rely heavily on their SNCO(s) and NCO(s) support and experience to successfully command the unit.

Officers play a very important role, they are responsible and accountable for the entire unit under their command all times.

Officers (CO, CC, XO, SO, TO, PL)
Grade 0-1 0-2 0-3 0-4 0-5
Insignia
Title 2nd Lieutnant 1st Lieutnant Captain Major Lieutnant Colonel
Abbreviation 2LT 1LT CPT MAJ LTC
Requirements
Requirements 1

(PL) Command 16+

45MM

(PL/CC) Command 16+

60MM

(CC) Command 32+

80MM

(CO) Command 32+

100MM

(CO) Command 64+

120MM

1 The requirements listed are a guidance as to when an individual will be considered for promotion and it should not be taken as a fact. The most important requirement for promotion is the review stage, where all aspects will be looked at, including involvement, general attitude, good conduct, potential etc

2 Officer ranks are awarded to those holding a command billet in any of the following roles: CO, CC, XO, SO, TO, PL. Whereby the number of active personnel under their command is equal to or exceeds the requirement, along with their time in grade this dictates rank.

3 Officers must have another officer directly under them in the chain of command of equal rank in order to be eligible for promotion. This prevents gaps in the system.

Promotions & Review

  1. The CO & XO will ultimately see to matters concerning promotions, their procedures, goals, system and it's standards.
  2. The CO & XO are responsible for the implementation of this regulation within the IGT. They will supervise promotion functions and serve as the final promotion authority.
  3. All Leaders will support and follow these regulations and will carry out promotions as delegated to them by the COC as established by this regulation.

2BN has a centralized process for promotion to all grades from Private to Lieutenant Colonel.

This SOP will:

  1. Provide a promotion selection process for promotion from the grades of Private through to Lieutenant Colonel which include minimum requirements for each grade.
  2. Authorize commanders to promote members to the grades as established by these regulations.
  3. Provide the procedure and framework for Officer Promotion Selection Board.
  4. Provide guidelines for promotion requirements based on billet or position.

Dossiers

2BN will track and maintain personnel records to include time-in-grade (TIG), time-in-service (TIS), and merit mark calculations using the MARS System. These records will be deemed as the official records for all members and are available to all NCO(s), SNCO(s) and Officers to review.

  1. The COC will automatically notify a members COC upon the attainment of the required TIS and TIG requirements established in this regulation, but .
  2. All personnel are given the opportunity to review their dossier prior to the promotion or selection process

Authority

Officers are responsible for approving and announcing promotions and are authorised to do so up to 1 rank below their current rank, as long as they follow the guidelines set out in the SOP. Likewise, only Officers are permitted to announce promotions, although this can be delegated by the officer as long as it is done in their name.

Type

Substantive & Permanent

Abbreviation: [RANK.]

Your standard rank.

The Rank on your shoulder represents your experience and responsibility within the unit. The ranking system takes into account your dedication, commitment and general attitude at all levels. This is shown by your attendance to official operations, your participation in addition training which are offered (or not) to you and also the impression you leave on your DI or TI or other Leader you fall under.

Acting Ranks

Abbreviation: [A/RANK.]

The Holder assumes the responsibilities and allowances appropriate to the acting rank, but a more senior person(s) may revert the holder to his previous rank held. This is used most frequently with NCO ranks and Officer ranks whereby the person does not fulfil the full requirement for the rank. But a person holding an Acting rank is still taking on all the responsibility that comes with it and are working towards achieving the requirements in order to remove the acting prefix. It can also be used for a short period of time whilst a permanent occupant of the office is absent.

Definitions

There are a few abbreviations used on this page, you can find them below if you are unsure:

  • CO - Commanding Officer, the highest ranking Officer
  • TO - Training Officer, Is in charge of advanced training and leading/training the Training Instructors
  • SO - Staff Officer, Is in charge of training and leading the Drill Instructors, Responsible for all Recruits
  • TI - Training Instructor, Instructs and examines Advanced training topics
  • DI - Drill Instructor, Instructs Recruits through Basic Training, mentors them until they join their first fireteam
  • Merit Marks - Merit Marks are obtained from: Advanced Training or from the awarding of Medal or Citation
  • Review - Conducted by leaders as part of the promotion process to look at all aspects of the individuals progress