I need some advice. I have been in Korea since 10Nov2008. I was promoted to SSG on 20090101, I attended common core BNCOC here in Korea February 2009 (Distance Learning Sergeant Major's Academy). Ever since I have been asking and begging to attend ALC. I was told they would not pay for it, I can't go, yadda yadda. I came to Korea command sponsored so it was a two year tour right off the bat, which to me says they should have sent me to ALC, it's not like I am doing 1 year tour with no continuity.
To get to the point, I will be passed over for my first look in January because the board requires ALC to even be looked at. I am terribly pissed and upset because I have been working towards my first look since I was promoted to SGT. I feel I am being stripped of my chance because of my commands dissinterest and lack of concern for my career progression. I need to know if I should go to I.G.? I was told by a SFC who is a previous branch manager, and his advice was to go to I.G. He said getting I.G. involved and uncovering the fact that they refused to send me will help me to get a waiver to be considered. But, at the same time I will draw much unwanted negative attention.
Is it worth the fight for MY career? Or am I supposed to lie down and wait "better luck next year"?