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Understand that he was recently denied what should have been a simple promotion.

His legal background was probably not "the" reason, but it along with all the financial problems could have indirectly contributed to his personality being unsuitable for promotion.

Was he "denied" a promotion as the story says (can't trust reporters to get technical details right) or was he simply not picked up for promotion this promotion cycle??

With ONLY 10 yrs in he is ahead of the promotion curve just by being an E-6 coming up for E-7 so would be considered something of a "Fast Burner". Most people do not make ANY pay grade (past E-4) the first time they are eligible. If it were de rigeur to get it as soon as you are eligible for it everybody with 8-10 yrs in would be E-7s.

I am not convinced he was "DENIED" a promotion, as in "You're fook-up Bales! No promotion for you!" I think he was up for it based on time in service/time in grade minimum requirements, took the test, and met whatever Board the Army has, but the list was too short to pick him up and more senior E-6s were promoted.

HE might have had his heart set on it and was expecting to get selected and was disappointed/pizzed-off by not getting it, hence he felt personally slighted.
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