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Can I be a First Sergeant if I have a “WALK” profile?

CSM, can I serve as a First Sergeant (1SG) if I have a Walk profiles?

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Short Answer is:  Yes you can.

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There is nothing that technically prevents you from being a 1SG with a “WALK” profile.  I experienced this issue on active duty with an individual who had a “Walk” profile and wanted to be a 1SG.  The issue I had with placing him in the position was that he could not meet the requirements of the physical standards inherent with the duties of a 1SG.  He could not make or lead unit runs.  He could not meet the overall physical requirements required of a 1SG under adverse field conditions.  Therefore I could not recommend the Leader for the position.  The individual was a great Soldier and Leader he just was not able to lead by example because of the profile.


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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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