I have quite a conundrum in my lap. The following is a synopsis of my issue. The issue which I will present here is regarding a promotion and the barriers which I have encountered and have yet to overcome. I enlisted in the United States Air Force Reserve on: 10 SEPT. 2004. My first duty station was the 433rd Maintenance Squadron, Lackland AFB, Texas.
While assigned to Lackland, I was presented with an Air Force Achievement Medal, several Certificates of Appreciation and coins for my exemplary service. While assigned to Lackland, I had progressed in military rank up to Senior Airman (SrA) with every requirement completed to place on the next rank in accordance with AFI 36-2502 with exception of my time in service requirement.
I transferred to the Air National Guard in August of 2008 to the 150th Fighter Support Squadron, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. I was assigned as a traditional guardsman and when October rolled around which was the first month marking the 48-Months TIS requirement in accordance with AFI 36-2502 to place on the next rank of Staff Sergeant; my promotion was not even brought up by my supervisor or commander.
I inquired and my supervisor told me that the Commander’s policy is to with-hold promotions from all new members until assigned to the Unit for a minimum of 6- Months. I was baffled when I was told this due to the fact I already accomplished all of the requirements that are stated in black and white with-in AFI 36-2502 for promotion to the next higher grade. My supervisor told me that I am subject to the discretionary promotion policies of my Commander which I completely understand.
It is now mid-June and I remain un-promoted, I am unable to progress with my skill level upgrade from a 5-Level to a 7-Level until I hold Staff Sergeant due to not being promoted. My training manager stated to me that this is creating a barrier for furthering my career progression. I have escalated this issue through my chain-of- command with no avail. I have provided honorable service to my country, service before self and now I feel I have no options available at my disposal other than getting out of the Military or transferring to another unit.
Keep in mind, I escalated this same issue up to the Pentagon level and was told that the Pentagon will refuse to step on the NGBs (National Guard Burieaus) toes in-regards to my issue. All this being said, is there any advice or recommendations that anyone feels might be helpful?