Because not enough Soldiers are integrated on the promotion-recommended list, the Army was unable to fill this month 8,700 available positions with Soldiers of the ranks of either sergeant or staff sergeant. A new Army policy aims to ensure that in the future, enough Soldiers will be integrated onto the list. The result will be that more fully-qualified Soldiers get to see promotion, and the Army gets to fill leadership slots. Under the new policy, every Soldier in the 'primary zone' for promotion, and who is also 'fully qualified' and meets Army standards for promotion to the next rank, is required to appear before a local promotion board. All Soldiers approved for promotion list integration will be integrated into the promotion recommended list with all earned promotion points.