I am looking for some guidance from some currently standing 1SGTs and/or SGM/CSMs.
I have been trying in vain to clarify what exactly would be my next step toward becoming a First Sergeant. I have completed PLDC/WLC, BNCOC/ALC, ANCOC/SLC, and have finished SLC-4. I am currently serving in a Special Duty controlled tour at the Pentagon and have no 1SGT to report to other than within the ADCON lanes and he is geographically assigned elsewhere (only knows my name on paper).
Before I have somebody jump down on me about some things, please let me clarify. Yes, I am "only" a Staff Sergeant... a SSG who very much values his ability to lead and train soldiers. I am mature enough to know that if I didn't already feel ready to fill this kind of slot, then I wouldn't be asking. I have rated Squad Leader time, rated Platoon Sergeant time, rated Staff NCO time, and have done a Special Duty assignment to TRADOC as an instructor and Curriculum Developer. I have deployed to combat (in a leadership position), served with NATO forces during seperate joint-multinational, combat campaigns. Served as the NCOIC for combatant campaign HQs site communication team and was the last NCO onsite after unit deactivation overseas.
I am looking for this guidance to maintain myself personally and professionally. Generic leadership advice and guidance would be great, but I am also looking for specific information about required schools and training that I have not completed yet.
Thank you to anybody willing to help.
If you are going to ask your Soldiers to do it, you better be wiling to do it yourself.