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Surviving WOCS: A Guide to Applying for the Warrant Officer Candidate School

Are you thinking about becoming a warrant officer?  If so you might want to check out this new book by CW4 (R) Jim Boroch. Chief has compiled years of experience and expertise into a quick and easy read how-to book.  He includes personal experience and a few comical war stories along the way. My favorite part of the book is when he explains what to expect when you arrive at school. Here is a glimpse into the book… First 3 Minutes I checked my watch, mentally cataloging the time as 1442. Read more

Featured Post

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Let’s give a warm AskTOP welcome to our newest SME, 1SG Gibson! He has already shared a very personal and timely story with us. Take a look. I used to have a reoccurring dream after I returned home from my last deployment. It always began and ended the same. I am running down an alley towards my truck. I am at a full out sprint with bullets skipping the dirt around my heels. I feel as though I cannot run fast enough but finally make it to my vehicle. I jump in, look at the floor board then glance Read more

Status Report

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The AskTOP team has been busy busy busy lately. Launched The Mentor Enterprises team (publishers of have launched a new military humor network called The debut member comic of that network is Delta Bravo Sierra, a miltoon about war, love, and safety belts in Afghanistan. We’ve partnered with a number of prominent military cartoonists and more strips are coming! Drop us a line if you’d like to get involved. New Q&A system now testing We’ve Read more

Would you eat some in a box?

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SME Doug has brought to our attention another unintended side effect of our recent server migration. It looks like we accidentally enabled a “subscribe to all posts” feature that was causing some grief. If you were affected by this, I apologize for the flurry of new post notifications you may have received these past couple of weeks. It was apparently sending out notifications every time a new document was added to The Arms Room. Classy. This should all be straightened out. Let me know if you Read more

Coming Soon: AskTOP video Q&A

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We aren’t very happy with the quality of the AskTOP introduction video. We have been working to refine our process ever since our initial foray into video recording. The camcorder we used is subpar, the script was lacking, and we had to fight a wicked echo in post production. One day someone had the bright idea to check out the video quality on our office iPad and compare it to the video we captured with the ancient camcorder. Lo and behold, the new iPad is an excellent video recorder. I found Read more

Fort Sill NCOA AAR

I recently had the opportunity to speak with the ALC and SLC classes at the Fort Sill NCO Academy. We spent an hour going over some of the most popular questions Soldiers bring us on AskTOP. I heard a lot of good ideas come out of the group and we really enjoyed the time spent with the NCOA team. What a great group of military professionals. I am making the slides from this class available below along with slides from a couple of classes I have conducted in the past. Please feel encouraged Read more

How nice of you to join us

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I try my best to be a bringer of good news. Fortunately for all of us, I have that fine privilege today. The AskTOP editing staff has grown by one. On board with us this Spring is the talented Kara Faulk. Kara comes to us as an intern from Athens State University where she is working on her English degree. She is off to New York later this year to break into the big city publishing scene, but we have her for now and we are putting her straight to work. What does this mean to the AskTOP Read more

Brief Interruption in Service

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Hello friends. Visitors this weekend may have noticed that we had a brief interruption in service on Sunday. It looks like our host suspended us because we were hammering their database server. We were overdue for some database optimization and we should be back up and running fine now. We will be working on some scripting and caching improvements that should help us avoid issues like this in the future and maybe even speed up page load times a little for you guys. Thanks for your patience and Read more

Introducing The Arms Room

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After months in development, today marks the official launch of the AskTOP Arms Room. We have compiled what we believe to be one of the largest collections of free downloads for U.S. Army leaders available on the internet. We have over 3,000 documents available for download right now. All of the docs are categorized by type of media (Forms, Manuals, Clip Art, Memoranda, etc.) and they are searchable. You can also vote documents up or down to adjust their placing in our “Best of” listing without Read more

Video Killed the Blog Star

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We just uploaded a new welcome video to the site. Check it out and let us know what you think. This is our first attempt at publishing video for AskTOP. We plan to make more videos in the future. We have been playing around with the idea of putting together an Army leadership interview series where Mark speaks with military leaders about the struggles they faced as they were climbing up the ranks and what they did to overcome those challenges. There is more than one answer to any leadership question. Read more

New retention guidelines announced as part of Army drawdown

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The Army, like any organization, must react and adapt itself according to changing outside conditions. We are now entering a part of the cyclical lifespan of the U.S. military called a drawdown. What does this mean to Soldiers? Simply put, if you have committed an unforgivable sin such as: DUI, drug use, lying, cheating, or stealing you will have to work very hard to be retained. New Army retention guidelines The Army has laid out a series of new retention rules effective 1 March 2012. Soldiers Read more

FT Carson Visit

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I had an opportunity to visit Fort Carson, Colorado last week where I spent time with Soldiers of HHC, 4th STB, 4th BCT including a meeting with AskTOP Subject Matter Expert SFC Mackie Ocampo. I also visited the 60th Ordnance Company. I served as platoon sergeant and later first sergeant at the 60th while we were stationed in Friedberg Germany operating the second largest ammunition storage site outside the United States. I left the 60th Ordnance Company in October of 1995 as 1SG. At that time, Read more