I think I was a little unclear on some of my points and would like to clarify.
1) of course you need to know as much about the army and it's programs as you can, it will make you a better NCO if you know how to use the services available to you and your soldiers. What is a waste of time is knowing the tail number of the plane that A.M. died on, this has nothing to do with being an NCO, or who he is buried next to, or what the oak tree means that is planted near his grave. Yes it's the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and if you go in there and don't even know his bio, can't name a few of his movies, songs, know about A.M. day you will probably get kicked out but I see far too many people spending too much time looking for crazy A.M. facts that don't know how to properly councel a soldier.
3) I didn't say SAMC members were looking for NCOER fluff, they do of course get nice bullets in leadership for mentoring a selected member. This was not intended to imply anything about the member only to persuade NCOs that think they have to do this whole thing on their own to go get help, them helping you is you helping them.
4) I don't know the CSMs on your boards but if you’re telling me soldier A didn't know A.M.'s service number but he eloquently solved several difficult soldier based situational questions and was voted no; while soldier B did know A.M.'s service number but couldn't explain how to mentor a soldier at an M16 range or how to deal with financial problems and he was voted yes then there is something fundamentally wrong with these boards and members. This is not a competition. Knowing one or two more little facts than the next guy doesn't mean he wins and you lose its individual based and they can select everyone or no one. but I'm sure you knew that already.
And last but not least,... your tips on those movies, and of course the website is great, if you don't do that you may not end up knowing enough. My only point is that you should be able to take care of your soldiers and be a great leader first, this isn't a board that you should cram for in one or two weeks. The NCOs I want in my organization are great leaders and it isn’t a fan club clique.