as a senior staff sergeant 35F that is about to be an instructor at huachuca, I agree with other posters and probably wouldnt send you to the board for e-6 until youve actually done the job of an intelligence sergeant for awhile. i mean, as an e-6 youre expected to know what youre talking about, and be an expert on any number of sensitve subjects, cultures, histories, techniques and methods, etc. In my experience with re-class NCO's, the schoolhouse doesnt prepare them at all for the jobs they are going into, many e-6's are immediately thrust into battalion S-2 NCOIC positions on their first day. If the private doing security clerances knows more about your job than you do, it doesnt give you much credibility. just my opinion, im sure youre a great nco and all, but i can see where they're coming from.
Posts: 53 | Location: Fort Huachuca, AZ | Registered: 21 March 2009
Well I went to the promotion board today and came out promotable. The platoon sergeant gave me a few weeks to prove myself and he sponsored me and the board. Now I just need to become a 35G and get their promotion points.
I concur with numerous other NCOs' here you need to know your MOS before your promotion. Thats why reclassing Soldiers do are not supposed to be promotable. You will have junior Soldiers at your next unit looking up to you for guidance. You need to learn as much as you can in AIT.
Posts: 56 | Location: Ft. Sam Houston | Registered: 01 May 2006
Knowledge is everything when it comes to reclassing and going into a whole new element. Imagine if you had a Specialist reclassing from a support/admin job into a combat arms mos and he wanted to go to the promotion board and pick up his chevrons prior to going to his new unit. That soldier would have no experience and would be tasked with leading soldiers into combat. What if he went to a unit deploying right away and had no time to train up. That alone could spell disaster. Its best to learn all you can and spend some time working in your new MOS because no matter how much you learn in AIT it never comes close to what you will learn once you get to your unit and how things really work.
Originally posted by srk4381: Its best to learn all you can and spend some time working in your new MOS because no matter how much you learn in AIT it never comes close to what you will learn once you get to your unit and how things really work.
I would agree that's probably best in most cases. At the same time, in my job everytime I move I could be in a completely different work environment- with different equipment. Yes experience is IMPORTANT but it doesn't mean Soldiers can't work their butts off and learn the job.
Our CSM does allow reclassing Soldiers to go to the board here, but they'd better be FRAKKIN OUTSTANDING. One board I saw several not get recommended...
Be Proud of what you do- and do it Well! ~me
Posts: 5284 | Location: Ft Gordon (Again!!!) :-| | Registered: 22 October 2007
Hey Guys, I have been Convoy Commander in the triangle of death, Platoon Seargent, and a BOLC II instuctor. This week I was given all our so called problem Soldiers for what I thought because I told her I can handle them so send them my way. So this mornign I was out of the loop because I was taping and weighing the over weight personel. I was blind sided on one of wounded warriors on an appt. My Platoon Sergeant explodes cause I drew a blank on his location and puts my Specialist on my right. She brought up things I was talked to about and false allegations. She appoligized but her attitude explosions only go to white males. Thus far I never recieved an initial counseling or anything from her but yet we are all expected to. Any Ideas?