Right, here goes. Can someone explain to me (in laymans terms) how the new promotion process works. I've read most the articles and still can't get my head around it. What I can figure out is that: a) You don't need to be qualified to be promoted (EFP & SMC). b) You get acting rank until you pass the required courses. c) You get promoted quicker if you threaten to sign off. d) It doesn't matter how good you are at your job. Please indulge my ignorance.