Originally posted by PVTShawn:
My AIT will be in FT Gordon, Georgia. What is the difference between honor graduate and distinguished honor graduate? And what is Soldier of the Quarter, and what do we do to compete with other soldiers?
Each class can only have 1 distinguished HG. THEN, there is a percentage of the class (10%? 20%?) which can graduate HG IF they get high enough scores.. For either award, you must also stay out of trouble and pass the PT test.
SOQ is a board you go to in Dress Uniform. You are asked questions to test your composure under stress, you're also graded on your overall "military bearing". Study the studyguide from this site- it's where the majority of questions come from.
-Many times they'll do a Company-level board to see who competes at Battalion level. The Battalion level would be the 1SGs from each Company grading and the Battalion Command SGT Major as the President of the Board. All would ask questions.
There are generally 3-5 other Soldiers competing at a Bn level board, one from each Company. At the same time, they do the same for NCO of the quarter.
SOMETIMES SOQ boards also include a PT test, ruckmarch, rifle marskmanship competition, etc...
The Soldier of the Year for the Army competition is a week-long event, with all kinds of other challenges.
AND these boards are good to attend even if you don't win- because they're pretty much the same as the Promotion Board for SGT and SSG. Except everyone isn't competing against each other on promotion: everyone can get a top score and be recommended to be promoted. (Then you have to have so many points from civilian and military education, awards, PT test, marksmanship socres, etc...)
SOQ boards give you the practice so you know what to expect for making rank.
If you do win, you get awards, certificates, Kudos, and sometimes free days off work. (always WITH pay!)
(I won a couple NCO/Q last year, when I was telling my dad about it, he said, "Oh, so it's a male beauty pageant then?"