Ok, this question is extremely premature for me, because I don't even ship to BCT until 8/20. BUT, I like to plan ahead. I'm an 09S and I'm a little concerned about the opportunities of promotion as an officer. For starters, how long does it take to go from 2nd LT to (1st LT, then) Captain? In short, my concern is this. I would love to serve (at least) my 20 years, but is it true that if I get passed over twice for a promotion that I lose my commission? How does that process work? Please understand I have no intention to be anything less than squeaky clean and do everything as close to perfection as possible. I just wonder about these horror stories of officers being passed over again and again simply because of a numbers game of too many officers for too few slots. Can somebody give me the absolute truth on how this works and what I have to look forward to or work toward to make sure that I am promoted when I should be. It's less of a money thing for me, but more of a career thing.
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