So as I understand it you can now be promoted on TCAT? Just wondering why this is a good thing.
Fair question that I can definitely field.
We have many soldiers who are dealing with the daily impact of undiagnosed mental health conditions- whether operational stres injuries, or other stuff that unpredictably hits people are pretty normal rates across society. Good members who are still able to do fine at work, but whose lives are slowly collapsing from the inside because they aren't getting treatment. Fear of career stagnation is a massive barrier to care in mental health matters.
Most mental health issues (Anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc) are very manageable with the right intervention and followup. You can function professionally with some of these mental health disorders, BUT you are unlikely to do so for long without accessing the proper care.
You take a solid Cpl who's back from his second tour and merit listed for his PLQ and appointment to MCpl. Then you tell him that if he comes forward to have his PTSD diagnosed, he'll go on TCat and won't be able to be promoted. Probably won't even go on PLQ. He's having a lot of rough days, but he's still getting by... For now. You think he's gonna come forward for treatment Not only face the stigma of being 'that guy' with a mental health disorder that most don't understand, BUT also losing the bump to jack and the quite predictable bump to Sgt some years farther? Hell no. So instead of accessing proper care that doesn't really impact his availability for work at all, instead he's gonna try to self-manage, and it will spiral downwards.
The new rules mean that as long as you can still do your job, your career can still continue to advance so long as you meet universality of service. There's no reason we as an institution cannot accommodate those who have modest MELs while on TCAT. A career is a marathon, not a sprint. If a guy needs to slow down for a year or two while being treated for depression, that doesn't need to be a career stopper. This will reduce instances of people who are CAPABLE of career advancement, but were arbitrarily not allowed to.
If I haven't explained any of this properly, let me know so I can help it to make more sense.