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Should I Attend SLC Even Though I am ETSing?

I made the decision to ETS in 14 months. I got an SLC class date 6 months from now. Should I ask for a cancellation or suck it up? SLC slots for my MOS is really rare and I dont want to screw over another Soldier. I'm fine with not going to SLC, but does it put me at an disadvantage when the unit know any resource they use on me will not give a return?

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Let’s look at this from several perspectives.


What if You Change Your Mind About Reenlisting?

I have seen this numerous times. Soldiers decide they will ETS and decide not to go to the promotion board, schooling, etc.  Then they reenlist and find themselves at a significant disadvantage. I guess the real question is when does your reenlistment window close.  Is there a date that you are no longer eligible to reenlist?


Cancelling the School Slot

While this may be an option slots are usually tied to a name, so unit leadership can be resistant to changing or cancelling the school slot.


The only disadvantage that occurs is that this takes away valuable resources that could go to another Soldier and it reduces the time in which you could focus on ETSing.


Is cancelling possible? Yes.  Is it the wise decision? Only you can answer that.

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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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  • Marko Zarkovic


    It is my understanding that if I have attended an SLC course for a prior MOS, I am still considered SLC complete in my current MOS. Is this correct? Am I fully eligible for promotion?

    Considering the aforementioned, if I attend recruiting school which is the SLC for 79R am I still considered PME complete in my MOS?

    I appreciate your time and guidance in advance

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