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New Semi-Centralized Promotions System

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Did you know that the Army is converting to a new Semi-Centralized Promotions System? All promotable and future promotable Specialists, Corporals and Sergeants are affected. On 17 May 2010, the Army G1 approved the changes to the process for calculating promotion points for promotion to SGT and SSG for all Active Army and Reserve Soldiers. These changes will take effect for 1 June 2011 promotions. The biggest changes that Soldiers will see are the difference in how points are calculated for promotions Read more

Proposed changes for the new NCOER system

Recently I was made aware the Army is considering changes to the NCOER system. The new system is scheduled for implementation by June 2012. I understand the following changes are being considered: Senior Raters must address the specific position held by the rated Soldier A signature block will be added for CSM/SGM review to indicate the CSM/SGM has reviewed the report A referred report concept will be added for SFC and above. Provides the Soldier the opportunity to submit comments along Read more

Check your retirement points every year (ARNG/USAR)

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As a member of the Army Reserve/National Guard, you must have 20 years of service to be eligible for retired pay when you reach the age of 60.  A qualifying year is one in which you earn a minimum of 50 retirement points.  The reference for how retirement points are established can be found in AR 140-185.  It is your responsibility to ensure that you achieve the minimum points required to achieve a qualifying year. How do you get the points needed for a qualifying year? One point for each Read more

The continuous security evaluation process

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Many soldiers have security clearances based on MOS or job performance requirements. The security clearance is granted only after a lengthy background investigation is performed by qualified persons. Your security clearance investigation may have been initiated before you even entered active duty. Depending on the duration of the investigation, it may have even been resolved while you were in the delayed entry program. You might be thinking you dodged a bullet after having your clearance Read more

How to survive a Weasel Boss

The most obvious sign of the weasel boss is that he is untrustworthy, especially with the people who work for him. The weasel is looking out for himself and cares little about anyone else, unless he thinks they can help him advance his image as a great leader. Disloyalty is his middle name and he will quickly deny that he told you to do something, if it suits his purposes. Command Sgt. Maj. Sikora was in charge of the Noncommissioned Officer Academy for the command. He was very well spoken and always Read more

Is it flirting or sexual harassment?

Flirting is part of human nature and is not in and of itself sexual harassment. Men flirt and women flirt. If someone flirts with you and you respond by flirting back, it is a two-way street and not sexual harassment. If the flirting is unwanted and you do not return it in kind, most of the time it stops there. But when you have not returned it and the flirting continues, it may be sexual harassment. As offensive as the behavior may be to you, some people do not readily pick up on the fact Read more

Never let them see you cry

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Perhaps the most difficult skill to learn as a woman soldier is not to cry when angry or frustrated. Men see crying as weakness or lack of emotional stability. From a woman’s perspective, it is neither. Rather, it is a natural response women have been conditioned to believe is acceptable. Crying is how women vent anger, frustration, and fear. In a military setting, however, particularly if you are a leader, crying is not acceptable. Lt. Col. Shugart called in his commanders and staff for Read more

Army verbal counseling

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Verbal Counseling Guidelines Normally when we think of counseling we think in terms of a written counseling form.  Believe it or not you counsel Soldiers every day.  A formal verbal counseling could be as simple as calling a Soldier in and having them stand at parade rest in front of you as you discuss, coach, mentor, train, correct substandard performance, and reward for exceptional performance. Tips for conducting a verbal counseling session Keep it short and to the point! Make Read more