I've heard this tidbit before. I have no idea if it's true or not (I looked through AR 600-8-19 but didn't see it, so it might be something else, I missed it, or it's in AR BS-E1.TALK). It's come up with a soldier but I have no idea if it's true, ligit, or whatever.
Supposedly, if a soldier (E-4) has NOT been counseled for reasons NOT to go to the board for a period of time, then s/he can be automatically sent regardless of supervisor recommendation. I assume that the soldier is at least in the Primary/Secondary Zone, on the C10, TIS/TIG, (P) status, all that good stuff. I actually know of a soldier a few years back who was sent to the board specifically for this reason, but I didn't pay attention to it much. Since I can't seem to find it, probably because I might be looking at the wrong spot, does anyone know of this, and where I can find it? The soldier's NCO's are pretty much failing him if he isn't getting any type of professional/career/developmental counseling.