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Promotion held up due to chip on shoulder?

#1
First, the facts:
I'm TA. I don't do it for the money, but for the enjoyment. However, the enjoyment is starting to wane as detailed below...

I've currently got three reports in rank with recommendation for promotion. The latest says that I should be promoted immediately. However, due to a minor problem on tour (which was rectified, resulting in a good insert slip) which got back to my TA OC, he's now holding back on promotion. For various reasons since I joined this unit, he's come up with reasons to hold off on my promotion, and this seems to be the latest excuse.

My question is, can my career be held up like this on what is essentially down someone having been pissed off? One incident, yet the reports which summarise me as a whole indicate that promotion should be forthcoming. The money isn't the issue, nor is the new rank to be honest. I'm just starting to get a bit disillusioned as I've put in a lot of effort, including a short notice tour and I'm still not getting anywhere. I'm now about two years behind my peers who have already been promoted. I'm missing out on reports in the next rank which could affect future prospects.
 
#5
You said you're not interested in the rank or the money - why do you want to be promoted?

Is it because you want a more challenging role, or because your ego is bruised?

Perhaps you should talk to your boss, or sound out a few seniors in your unit over a quiet beer. But be prepared to hear things you don't like.
 
#6
It looks like either your OC is a throbber, or you are.
OC's are moved every few years so if the OC changes and you still dont get promoted you know where the problem lays.
In the mean time keep doing your best and dont whine on about it.
 
#7
I didn't get on with one of my bosses once, as he was a ******* gimp. I just punched him in the grid in the bar one night. I got posted out of the unit, and I didn't get promoted, but I wasn't arrsed. The satisfaction was all I needed.
 
#9
Some **** I made cry gave me such a shit write-up it guaranteed that I could not even be considered for promotion for the following two years. I did it for the enjoyment. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. So, to answer your question, yes.
 
#10
You said you're not interested in the rank or the money - why do you want to be promoted?

Is it because you want a more challenging role, or because your ego is bruised?

Perhaps you should talk to your boss, or sound out a few seniors in your unit over a quiet beer. But be prepared to hear things you don't like.
Promotion opens up further opportunities for me.
 
#12
Back in the day, as a Lance Jack, the Old Man sent off a Confidential in my name( Cpls only in dem der days)
back comes a Signal "This man is only a Lcpl" "Well, he SHOULD be a Cpl." Promotion and posted. Job done!
 
#16
From your responses I take it you are a private? If so, isn't your CO the one that promotes you? Secondly, doesn't your OC write your part 1? Thus, if he is trying to stop you getting promoted (as you say) then surely his strength of character is in question as he is recommending you for promotion? I do not think you have told us the whole facts irrespective of your opening gambit...
 
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#18
The promotion system is effing laughable in both the regulars and ta, no matter how much you work it always seems a lottery and unfair.

Welcome to the surreal world of the mod.
 
#19
The promotion system is effing laughable in both the regulars
Don't know about laughable, old chap, but certainly in my case it was a roller-coaster, knuckle-biting ride. Enlisted in the '70's and was posted, on the strength of my excellent Blackdown training performance, to a front-line crack RAOC unit in Paderborn. Worked hard, played harder, and was posted, fitting immediately into the new unit and finding myself extremely popular.

In no time at all I had come to the attention of the OC, a kindly but immensely intellectual and authoritative sort called Maj Norman Stack. Got my local LCpl at the 5-year point, attaining substantive rank 2 years later. Left at the 12 year point on the cusp of attaining my local Cpl, a signal honour that I declined due to my overwhelming desire and ambition to succeed in another challenging sphere of life.

Done that now, having risen from trainee postman to sorter 2nd class, and am now embarking on a third career in the news distribution industry. Mr Patel thinks extremely highly of me.
 
#20
The promotion system is effing laughable in both the regulars and ta, no matter how much you work it always seems a lottery and unfair.

Welcome to the surreal world of the mod.
So how, pray, would you change it?

Having seen the military from both sides, the CS from one side and some civvy firms from the outside, I consider that the military system is pretty fair and relatively unbiased. In fact, it bends over backwards to be fair.

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