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Review of Part-Time Army Officer Guide

Review of Part-Time Army Officer Guide:
How to have a successful career as a National Guard or Army Reserve Officer

By Mark Gerecht

Recently I was provided the opportunity to review a copy of the Part-Time Army Officer Guide: How to have a successful career as a National Guard or Army Reserve Officer by Charles Holmes.  Right off the bat I was impressed with the amount of information Charles provides at the reasonable price of $37.00.

army-officer-guide-cover-225x300Contents:  The set includes four CDs.  CD 1: contains pdfs of the Ebooks:  Army Officer Guide and an Officer & NCO Career Planning Course, The remaining CDs contain audio files that include, CD 2: contains 37 Career Tips for Part Time Army Officers, CD3 contains: Top 10 Career Q&A of Part-Time Army Officers, CD4 contains: The Officer-NCO Relationship.

The only recommendation for improvement I have is that I would like to see an audio version of the Army Officer Guide and Career Planning Course.

Now let’s get to the meat of this review.  As I looked over the two E-books the Career Planning Course caught my eye. So I started with it.

E-book Officer & NCO Career Planning Course

Charles shares some significant points of interests and he is absolutely correct in stating that rarely does an Army Professional plan their career.  He walks you through a 4 step process that requires you to focus on your future.  It appears to be a rather simplistic process but once you get into the process it quickly becomes evident that the process requires some thought.  Once you are walked through the process he provides you with a sample plan that he himself used during his career.  I was taken by Charles process and decided that since he had provided me the opportunity I would put his career planning to the test.  As a self-employed person, I found his process works incredibly well for the civilian sector as well.  Therefore individuals purchasing this book are provided an additional benefit of using the career planning tool for their civilian jobs as well.

Part-Time Army Officer GuideHow to Have a Successful Career as a National Guard or Army Reserve Officer

The E-book is approximately 117 pages and contains 24 chapters.  The chapters include:

  1. Reasons to serve in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve
  2. How do you Define Success?
  3. How to Effectively Manage your Career
  4. Retirement vs. Resignation
  5. How much is your Military Retirement Worth?
  6. Second Lieutenant
  7. First Lieutenant
  8. Captain
  9. Major
  10. Lieutenant Colonel
  11. Colonel
  12. General Officer
  13. DA Promotion Board vs Unit Vacancy Promotion
  14. Preparing for Promotion Boards
  15. Finding Unit Vacancies
  16. Managing Your Personal Files & Records
  17. Separating yourself from the Masses
  18. Military Education
  19. Staying Motivated
  20. The “The Gold Ole” Boy System
  21. When to Retire
  22. The Retirement Process
  23. Military Retirement Benefits
  24. Life After the Military

Charles provides 24 chapters of hard earned experience, knowledge and wisdom that is easily shared with young professionals that want to become productive military professionals.  He begins by covering the basics of service as they pertain to you the individual and then provides a summary of expectation and standards for each military rank. These benchmarks make it incredibly easy to understand the process and requirements of each grade.  Basically Charles is a virtual mentor that gives you honest and sincere advice, which is sometimes lacking in the individuals that provide us insight during our careers.

He discusses specifics of career advancement. These eight chapters provide insight into the specifics of how to manage and be responsible for your own career.  This information helps you make decisions concerning the path you believe you should take during your career.

Charles then finishes the book up with an analysis of retirement.  He discusses the specifics: When to retire, how to retire, specific benefits, and most importantly in my opinion Life after the Military.  This is a cradle to grave experience that is written specifically for the Part-Time Officer as your career is definitely different than your active duty counterparts.

Remaining Material:  Contains approximately three to three and half hours of information.  This information is broken up into three audio CDs that include:  37 Career Tips for Part Time Army Officers, Top 10 Career Q&A of Part-Time Army Officers, and The Officer-NCO Relationship.

To me the advantage of this information is that Charles has taken specific information that is relevant to the being a Part-Time Army Officer.  More specifically Charles has a tendency to be rather up front and in some cases brutally honest.  I don’t know about you but I personally respect individuals who are willing to tell the tale without the sugar coating.  More importantly he provides you unique and insightful tips and recommendations that can put you well ahead of your peers.

The key in all of this is that you are responsible for your career and if you apply ¼ of what Charles teaches you will be well ahead of your peers.  If you would like to purchase this tool follow this link:


posted on 01/09/2014 under Site News
Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training..

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  • LTC Gregory Davis


    From my fighting position, there is no “part time” anything in the National Guard. If leaders at all levels are not fully committed and prepared to expend what time is necessary, including all non-drill day, then it may be time to reconsider the committment to our Nation’s military.

    • Mark Gerecht


      Totally concur from the commitment aspect but I also strongly believe we are asking a lot of our Guard and Reserve counterparts that must also feed their families and pay their bill, while simultaneously commanding. If a Leader is not a 110% dedicated to their job they have no business in the position. Unfortunately our Guard and Reserve counterparts have few resources available to them, written specifically for them, by someone who has been there, done that, and was successful. While there may be disagreement with the title the information is valid.

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