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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).

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MacArthur D. "Mackie" Ocampo is an Active Duty First Sergeant and has served in the Army for 15 years to date with 9 years of service as a Human Resources Specialist. Currently, he serves as the First Sergeant for Hammer Company, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 2d Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2d Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. Mackie has served in Korea, Ft. Carson, CO, Schofield Barracks, HI, 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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  • SSG Menzies John C.


    To whom it may concern,

    I uploaded mine unto the Official Military Personnel File (OMPF)and it is noticeable for the board to see that they are completed, even though the new ALARACT specifies that it will not be considered a mandatory element until FY14. However, most Seniors will tell you that putting it on your NCOER does help in the event you were too late in uploading the information onto Iperms/OMPF. The board will notice and use it as a tool to separate the best from the best if its down to the wire. Good thing you completed SSD I thru IV, However SSD I is not required at all. Only III, and IV. I’m just waiting for V to open up so I can complete it as well.

    SSG Menzies, John C.
    U.S. Army, Corp of Engineers (12B)

    • Derrick


      How did you upload it onto your OMPF? Is there a single certificate on ALMS that says you completed it?

      • SSG Menzies, John C.


        yes, once completed you will recieve a certificate, if not, you may request it thru the ALMS helpdesk. like 1SG Fonseca said. its not the deciding factor but it does help.

  • 1SG Fonseca


    My opinion, just my opinion.

    That’s just like when I had peers quickly doing the ANCOC (SLC Back then) to have something their peers didn’t and still were non selected.

    So, I think its the requirement but not viewed as oh look he has all these SSDs completed. Congrats on having them all done, just one more positive on your records.

    • Anonymous


      To update my comment, YES there is updates coming up to the SSD, we all will need to be enrolled.

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