WELCOME all SAMC and SSG Morales Club Members,......

and any and all visitors. I have been a member of the FORSCOM Sergeant Audie Murphy Club since 1998. I was inducted in the 3rd Infantry Divison at Ft. Stewart, GA, as a SSG, while assigned to the DISCOM.

We have an active Chapter of the MEDCOM SAMC Club where I am stationed presently and do many things as a club to give back to both the military and civilian communities in the area. Our local CSMs are very supportive of the club and all we try to accomplish. This includes the 4th SMA, SMA Leon Van Autreve, who passed away just over a year ago.

SAMC and Morales Club members,.....please give any info on some of the things that your club is involved in and tell about your experience of going to the SAMC or Morales Board in case others are interested in taking that HUGE next step towards either!

If anyone has questions regarding the SAMC Club,..please ask. I will do my best to answer from my experiences. I have also included a link to the SAMC website included on the Sergeant Audiel L. Murphy website.

[url]http://www.audiemurphy.com/samc.htm[/url]

DS 2000[/url]
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The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is an elite club formed of noncomissioned officers who exemplify the attributes displayed by the U.S. Army's most decorated War Hero,.then SSG, turned 1LT Audie Leon Murphy.

Memberhsip into the SAMC is an extremely noteworthy accomplishment. The club and it's members are held in very high regard by CSMs at installations around the world......as nominations into the club do not come easily. This prestigious honor is only bestowed upon the best of the best,.......for the board and process leading up to the board are not for the faint of heart nor the weak in spirit.

( perks )
When members of the SAMC club prepare to leave their current installation in order to PCS to a new duty station,.....the Commanding General of the losing installation prepares a letter of introduction that he/she sends to the Commanding General of the NCOs gaining installation,...introducing the soldier as a member of the SAMC. SAMC members are called upon by senior enlisted members of their units to perform duties as Color SGT's, to plan and conduct NCO Induction Ceremonies, to escort visiting VIPs or dignitaries who may be visiting the installation, to conduct NCODP, to mentor other outstanding NCOs who may be preparing to appear before the SAMC Board, etc. They are very visible and contribute significantly to their units, especially when it comes to ceremonial events.

The SAMC and SSG Morales Clubs are high profile honors and contribute significantly to ones promotion potential.

But most of all, the SAMC and Morales Clubs represent the fact that the senior CSMs on each major Army installation identify, evaluate and induct the best that the noncommissioned officer corps has to offer.

DS 2000
Hello DS 2000,

I am over in Europe. I was invited to attend the SAMC preboard and did so. I was recommended to go to the actual SAMC board with all of the CSM's in January. It is hard to judge how I can improve or prepare better for the real board, as this was my first SAMC function(board) ever. Any pointers? I know what I did well on and some of the things I messed up on. Could you give me some sample questions, or what you were asked at your real board? I have a SAMC sponsor but the unit my sponsor is assigned to is deploying with block leave in between, so not much face to face time left. Any advice would be appreciated. You can email me at realjoesnuffy@yahoo.com or simply reply here. Thanks for any help you can offer.

SSG Joe Snuffy
SSG Joe Smuffy,

Does your current unit fall under FORSCOM? The reason why I am asking is that the SAMC Boards use different formats depending on which major command they fall under. For example,.....the FORSCOM SAMC Board is different from the MEDOM SAMC Board in that the FORSCOM SAMC Board members ask TRULY situational questions,.......ie. questions that there is not really a right or wrong answer too,......just requires any type of answer so the CSMs can get a feel for your leadership style. Can't be right or wrong,....you just tell them what you would do in a particular situation or scenario. The MEDCOM SAMC Boards that I have seen say they use situational questions,....when in fact,.....they are asking a regular promotion board type question except they incorporate it into a scenario. There is only one right answet, however,.....just like a regular promotion or Soldier /NCO of the Month Board. Ask the BDE CSM what the format has been historically for the CSMs that sit on the board. All of the board members are given guidance at least two weeks prior to the board on how they are to format their questions. Make sure your bio is tight! make sure you know the NCO Creed,....the History of the NCO Creed,.....the NCO Vision,.......the history of the noncommissioned officer corps,......Army history,.......your unit history,.....The BIOGRAPHY OF SGT AUDIE L. MURPHY - WORD FOR WORD, and study the actual FMs and ARs themselves instead of using a study guide. Study guides are good when you have to memorize nice compact little answers. However,....knowing the regulations will really help you answer the kinds of questions at the SAMC board. Also,.....really be familiar with support agencies,.....where they are located and how they can help,.......such as AER, American Rec Cross, etc,.......this is the type of stuff you need to be able to turly "take care of soldiers." I hope this helped. Any additonal questions,.....feel free to ask.

DS 2000
The SSG Morales Club is the same type of club with the same prestige,...however,.....you may only attend overseas in Europe. Alos,....SSG Morales is more of a fictional NCO,...comprised of the characteristics of many stellar NCOs,....not based on a true individual who lived and breathed and served in our Army. That's about all I know.

DS2000
I was inducted into the SAMC in August 1988 at Fort Hood and I am member #259. I have since completed OCS and now a field grade officer. Somewhere between all the moves I've made since 1990, my SAMC medallion was lost. Can someone tell me if it's possible to replace the medallion and if so, how? The CSM at my previous location said he would help me get another one but he never got around to doing it. I have my certificate, the ARCOM, III Corps CG's coin, and my Audie Murphy coin, but no medallion. I consider my SAMC membership as one of the top three greatest accomplishments of my military career and I proudly display my certificate for everyone to see. Thanks to anyone who can help me.
In regards to experiences -

I am a 11B2V out of Fort Richardson Alaska, been in since January 2005. In Alaska attended and passed NCO of the quarter battalion, brigade and post, 3rd Place NCO of the year USARAK, and E-5 promotion board.

Deployed to Iraq, SAMC boards offered towards the end of our deployment. I've been a Sgt since August 2006 (so just over a year). 4th BDE 1st ID offered a board and most of the people that went through were in there for about 30 minutes.

I attended 4/25 BDE Board and was selected to attend 3rd ID Division board (our unit falls under 3rd ID over here).

Board lasted 1h22m on average for each of us. As was mentioned before by someone, the board asked a lot of board questions in situational settings as compared to purely situational questions.

Further, they performed an inspection on your weapon system and asked characteristics of it. An indepth look at your leaders book and citing questions from it in regards to your soldiers and their welfare and promotability / leadership status.

The toughest part I had was the NCOER process as I do not have much experience in them and a strong working knowledge in much of the other topics. Also being unmarried and without kids, I had to talk to my married soldiers and find out what programs and groups their spouses and children had available.

All in all, the board was not as hard as I thought it would be, though it was still difficult.

Your reciting of Audie Murphy's bio, nco creed, army song, soldier's creed, 3rd ID song all take place at the position of attention which was a bit nerve racking for the BDE board but smoother at the Division board for whatever reason.

Anyways, I highly recommend that younger soldiers take the time and effort to accomplish this board. It seems a daunting task, but you will learn so much information in the process that even if you do not pass the first time, you are separating yourself from your peers by showing your dedication and potential, and you'll have a much broader understanding of the military & more specifically NCO process as a result

End state: Inducted. And very happy. Now if I just survive these last few months in Iraq I'll be even happier Smiler

Sgt Soler
This information is awsome. I will speak with the point of contact here at Ft Riley.


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Originally posted by DS2000:
The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is an elite club formed of noncomissioned officers who exemplify the attributes displayed by the U.S. Army's most decorated War Hero,.then SSG, turned 1LT Audie Leon Murphy.

Memberhsip into the SAMC is an extremely noteworthy accomplishment. The club and it's members are held in very high regard by CSMs at installations around the world......as nominations into the club do not come easily. This prestigious honor is only bestowed upon the best of the best,.......for the board and process leading up to the board are not for the faint of heart nor the weak in spirit.

( perks )
When members of the SAMC club prepare to leave their current installation in order to PCS to a new duty station,.....the Commanding General of the losing installation prepares a letter of introduction that he/she sends to the Commanding General of the NCOs gaining installation,...introducing the soldier as a member of the SAMC. SAMC members are called upon by senior enlisted members of their units to perform duties as Color SGT's, to plan and conduct NCO Induction Ceremonies, to escort visiting VIPs or dignitaries who may be visiting the installation, to conduct NCODP, to mentor other outstanding NCOs who may be preparing to appear before the SAMC Board, etc. They are very visible and contribute significantly to their units, especially when it comes to ceremonial events.

The SAMC and SSG Morales Clubs are high profile honors and contribute significantly to ones promotion potential.

But most of all, the SAMC and Morales Clubs represent the fact that the senior CSMs on each major Army installation identify, evaluate and induct the best that the noncommissioned officer corps has to offer.

DS 2000

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