Congratulations. I wish my promotions were that easy. I just updated my records for the Sergeant First Class board (E-7). At least you know what you need to get promoted, mine is based on what some Sergeant Major thinks of my records. This is my first centralized promotion. Before E-7, you have to sit in front of a board of 1SG's and answer questions for about an hour, and then hope you make enough points to get promoted.
yeah that would definitly suck, we dont have to go through that kind of crap until e-8, until that its all testing. military knowledge, job knowledge, decorations, tig, tis, and epr's.
im kinda looking forward to it, but at the same time im thinking to my self "am i ready for this"? i look at myself 4yrs ago and see a new guy looking for anwser's and see myself now, and i just dont know if im ready to fill the shoes of the sergeants that were there to help me along. i dont know, any of you military guys have any advise?
There are a couple keys to great military leadership:
o firm but fair
o people like to be trained, teach everyone who works for you how to do your technical job, down to the lowest airman.
o don't ever let your subordinates know when you get chewed out for something they did. I see that all the time "I just got my butt chewed for you" Don't ever say anything like that, it just makes you look weak, noone ever needs to know that you ever got chewed out.
I think the Army's NCO creed is the best guide you can go by for leading soldiers:
No one is more professional than I. I am a Noncommissioned Officer, a leader of soldiers. As a Noncommissioned Officer, I realize that I am a member of a time honored corps, which is known as "The Backbone of the Army". I am proud of the Corps of Noncommissioned Officers and will at all times conduct myself so as to bring credit upon the Corps, the Military Service and my country regardless of the situation in which I find myself. I will not use my grade or position to attain pleasure, profit, or personal safety.
Competence is my watchword. My two basic responsibilities will always be uppermost in my mind -- accomplishment of my mission and the welfare of my soldiers. I will strive to remain tactically and technically proficient. I am aware of my role as a Noncommissioned Officer. I will fulfill my responsibilities inherent in that role. All soldiers are entitled to outstanding leadership; I will provide that leadership. I know my soldiers and I will always place their needs above my own. I will communicate consistently with my soldiers and never leave them uninformed. I will be fair and impartial when recommending both rewards and punishment.
Officers of my unit will have maximum time to accomplish their duties; they will not have to accomplish mine. I will earn their respect and confidence as well as that of my soldiers. I will be loyal to those with whom I serve; seniors, peers, and subordinates alike. I will exercise initiative by taking appropriate action in the absence of orders. I will not compromise my integrity, nor my moral courage. I will not forget, nor will I allow my comrades to forget that we are professionals, Noncommissioned Officers, leaders!
Good Luck, and remember, you will learn more in your first year as a Sergeant than you have up to this point in the Army, so be prepared for it.
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