In case you didn’t get my email, here are some directions that will help…
*Make sure you’ve logged on to your AKO account with your CAC (card).
*Type “milwiki” into Google Search.
*The first link will read “KC-AKO Password Services”. Click on this link.
*It will take you to “https://www.kc.army.mil/miltech”. This is the site for MilTech Solutions.
*Half-way down the page, you’ll see several icons for several links. Click on the “milWiki” icon/link.
*The “milSuite” page will open in a new window. Click on the “cac login” link.
*The milWiki Main Page will open in a new window. Type “audie murphy” into the “Search” box.
*By the time you type “a-u”, “Audie murphy” and “Audit Trail” and several other pages will appear in a drop-down menu.
*Choose the “Audie murphy” link and it will take you to my Audie Murphy/SAMC page.
1) No, these soldiers are NOT wasting time cramming their heads with all those facts. Any time a soldier can improve their knowledge base on how the Army works and how facilities and services are available to them to assist their soldiers, is time well spent…not time wasted.
2) Ya kinda contradicted yourself here. In order to satisfy your statements here, soldiers should pursue what you told them not to in Item 1.
3) You’re right for the most part. All boards are different, even SAMC boards. The TRADOC and FORSCOM regs allow each installation to set up their own parameters. You’re absolutely right, it’s best to contact the local SAMC for a mentor. But no, the mentor is not looking for an “attaboy” NCOER bullet, they should want to mentor a peer just for the sake of mentoring.
4) Again, you’re correct for the most part, however learning ALL you can about Audie L. Murphy may be the difference between a GO or a NO GO at this board. It is called the SGT Audie Murphy Club Board.
Last and not least… You should know more about Audie than you do about your Dad before going before this board. If you haven’t, rent “To Hell and Back” and watch it a couple of times. Next rent, borrow or buy a copy of Audie’s autobiography “To Hell and Back”. It goes into much more detail than the movie (a 1950s Hollywood version of what war was like). Next, you should rent or borrow a copy of “Audie Murphy: American Soldier” by COL(R) Harold B. Simpson. This magnificent book is a mother lode of info about Audie from his family tree history and early days thru his military accomplishments then thru his Hollywood career and thru his later days and tragic death. Once you’ve absorbed all the above mentioned knowledge, I recommend the fine Audie Murphy Memorial web site by Richard L. Rodgers. This used to be the second largest web site after Microsoft’s web site. The site is the definitive web site for all things Audie. Between this web site, the books and movie I mentioned, you will walk into the SAMC board armed with all the Audie knowledge you’ll need.
As you journey thru the SAMC board process, whether you make it or not, you can’t help but become a better, more knowledgable NCO from the experience. I hope the experience allows you to grow as an NCO, as a soldier and as a person.
Best of luck, let us know how you do!
SSG, USA, Retired
President, Audie Murphy National Fan Club
Member, SGT Audie Murphy Club
Co-Founder, Fort Sill SGT Audie Murphy Club
Life Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars
Life Member, Disabled American Veterans
Ride Captain, SW OK Patriot Guard Riders