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Will my SFC board look favorably on SSD course completion?

I have completed Level I, III, and IV SSD courses. Will this be a positive factor for the SFC board or will they not even notice that I took the initiative?

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It would be hard to say how much the SFC board would take the initiative into consideration, especially since this is a somewhat new thing being implemented. However, my take on it is that any initiative toward progress and professional development will be taken into consideration.

The main question probably is “How will the board even know?

Two things that we do know are:

  1. SSD is a computer based training course therefore it is not listed in Section VI, the hours are just rolled up into the Correspondence Course Total # of Hours.
  2. It doesn’t meet the criteria for a letter to the President of the Board.

So again, “How will the board even know?” The only way I can think of to make it noticeable is to ensure it is stated on the NCOER under Competence (seeking self-improvement; always learning), Leadership (setting the example; Be, Know, Do) or Training (individual and team).

posted on 07/24/2012 under Q&A
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Mac Arthur D. "Mackie" Ocampo is a full-time Active Duty Sergeant First Class and has served in the Army for 10 years to date with 9 years of service as a Human Resources Specialist. Currently, he serves in the 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Mackie has served in Korea, Ft. Carson, CO, twice in Afghanistan, and twice in Iraq accumulating over 59 months of overseas service. He believes that the "personnel" aspect of a Soldier's career is a big factor in their morale and readiness and is determined to assist Soldiers in their professional development by providing sound advice and clarification of ongoing policies, regulations, and procedures.

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