Posted on Apr 6, 2017
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I am new in the Army. I want to fast track myself, but I'm starting to worry that I may be trying to do too much. Next month I am going to the Soldier of the Month Board, participating in Fort Wainwright's Best Warrior Competition, and running in the post's Army Ten-Miler. Is it too much for someone of my skill level? What are some good pointers for someone who wants to do so much at once?
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SGM Erik Marquez
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There is no too much unless the sum of it all causes you to perform less then fully at any one task.
If training and running the Army 10 miler means your skipping out on work call formations, leaving your fellow SM to pick up the slack, yes its too much. If your getting up at 0300, running sprints, going to PT formation, working all day with your unit at your assigned tasks, taking a power nap at lunch after eating your planed diet noon meal, working all afternoon with your unit, changing after released for the day and getting in your distance run.. AND able to do it all again tomorrow ,,,then no not too much.,
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CPT Lawrence Cable
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I tend to agree, but in the long run, schools will be judged more than the fact you ran a 10 miler. If these events help you stay in shape so you can compete for that Ranger School and Sapper School, by all means continue. If you start seeing a detrimental side, like a decrease in you standard PT score, back off a bit.
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SFC Senior Counterintelligence Sergeant
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When it comes to your current unit, they will love that you represent them so well, and will likely put you at the top of lists amongst your peers for consideration and selection to advanced schools, promotion, waivers etc. I once sponsored an E-5 to the E-6 board, and because he had successfully run the Battalion Remedial PT program, aced previous Soldier boards, and a few other things in the Bn; his E-6 board consisted of "Hey, I already know you are stellar. You're recommended, get out of here.", which took all of 2 minutes, and I was barely able to take my seat.

That being said, its always important to keep everything in perspective, and not allow the fast track to give you a false sense of accomplishment. Rank does not always indicate competence, and other Soldiers can tell when another was only fast tracked because they played the "game", and whether they are truly competent individuals, and the "game" was just an added bonus to their well-roundedness.

Be that PV2 who not only represents the unit well at events, but also performs exceptionally well at all aspects of your MOS and Soldier skills. That is how you fast track and make the largest positive impact in the Army.

That's just my opinion though.
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I certainly applaud your enthusiasm and drive. I also certainly understand you want to stand yourself apart from your peers and move farther faster. But, be sure to pace yourself. Don't burn yourself out so early in the game. Do what you can, when you can, without having a mental and physical breakdown.

IMHO, if you are asking this question, deep down you may already know the answer.
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