Originally posted by frost_65:
I don't believe in this way of doing things. Being forced to attend a SOM board is just a bullet for his NCOER. It won't reflect on yours. You will get an AAM or ARCOM. It won't help you get promoted to E-7+.
Mock boards are there for the leadership to identify the Soldiers weakness at a board and Prep the Soldier for the board. Saying a SOM board will give you experience is Bull.
What I loved about my E-5 board is it wasn't in Class As, it was in Duty uniform and we had to demonstrate my MOS task in front of the board. Any Soldier can memorize a study guide if he has enough discipline. But put that Soldier under stress will show you his true potential.
I agree. That is how the boards are run here downrange. I dont believe a SOM or continuance of boards is indicative of being a good leader. Again, a first line/section recommended a soldier that has the potential for the next grade but the manner in which he performed at the board; made the board members non-rec him.
Also, I like that the E6 board is more scenario base and they should drive the E5 promotion board like that as well.