Matt Maupin, whose status is still listed as "missing-captured", has been promoted for the third time since his convoy was ambushed in 2004.
"...the Army has continued to search for Maupin, and until he is found, the young soldier “remains on active-duty status with all rights and privileges for pay and promotions,” Lt. Col. Lee Packnett, an Army spokesman, told Stripes.
Maupin has been promoted three times since he went missing, including this most recent jump from E-5 to E-6.
In order to promote Maupin, his parent unit, the 88th Regional Readiness Command, had to waive a physical appearance before a promotion board, as well as Maupin’s attendance at the Primary Leadership Development Course, Packnett said.
Both waivers are routinely granted for soldiers who are deployed to combat zones, he said.
Maupin’s basic monthly pay as well as his special pays continue to go to an account set up by Maupin before he deployed to Iraq.
Maupin’s parents, who say they continue to believe their son will come home one day, have legal oversight of the account in his absence, Packnett said." (source)
Matt is just one of those people that stays in your thoughts... I don't know if it's something in his eyes, the frustration of ‘not knowing’ or the fact that he is the only "missing" soldier from this conflict. Whatever the reason, I find myself thinking about him often...