Ok, so I'm about 18 days away from graduating from the 68V course at FSH. I signed up for the BEAR program out of Hunter Army Airfield (3rd ID/3rd CAB): extended for 24 months from the end of training (this is causing one of the issues) with the understanding that I would collect my SRB and be promoted upon graduation. All of this was expressly written on my BEAR contract.
The first issue I'm having is this: ATRRS did not take into account the second phase of training (an additional 4 months) and so my career counselor didn't extend my enlistment that far. When I extended, the MILPER message at the time (March 2012) stated that I had to have 24 months time in service remaining; upon graduating in 2 weeks I'll have 21. According to the reenlistment NCO here at Fort Sam, the number of months required went up sometime after I signed my contract (I have seen no real proof of this).
The second issue that has come up is that my (several others in my class have reported this as well) promotion points have suddenly vanished, as well as my promotable status. As far as I know, that means that when I graduate I will be ineligible for promotion and therefore my SRB (it's only for 20 levels). My reenlistment NCO is adamant that I can reenlist before graduation; if I don't, my orders might be rescinded (I've already begun making preparations to move my family to my new duty station; i.e. housing, HHG, transportation).
Can anyone help clarify my options here? It seems like I'm being treated as though I am at fault for all this even though the only party in violation of my extension contract is the US Army and HRC! My original contract should trump any MILPER messages or terms that could have arisen since I reported for school, right? If I reenlist before graduation, will I forfeit my bonus (it was a Tier 6, it's now a Tier 3)? Can I even reenlist before graduating? Wouldn't I bee reenlisting in my current MOS, not my new one? Who's at fault, my original career counselor or my current reenlistment NCO (I understand I bear responsibility for my signature but at the same time, they're supposed to be S.M.E.s on this kind of thing).
Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. I can sense the Big Green Weenie coming, but I just can't tell from which direction.