E-4's roll in packs because they have grown to click with each other. After a while they get comfortable with the fact that they aren't the new guys and they a stronger in groups; hence the E4 mafia. It takes a strong willed person to break from that mold to go to a Soldier of the month board. Then to a promotion board. It may seem like he is spot lighting himself. In reality he is just paving the way for those other specialist to grow. This sounds dumb from the bottom up. From the top down, it makes sense. No one wants to lead their friends. They want to all grow professionally together. This won't happen. Just be the trend setter instead if the trailer.
A couple of things I will say and this comes from the mistakes I made which caused me to be a 6 year E-4. Take advantage of your TA and get certs that will count towards points. If an NCO thinks that you are ready for the Promotion Board do not turn him/her down. Go get your face known. Go to school when you can. Make sure you complete SSD1 as early as possible. If you can get involved with your unit or post Color Guard do it. Take advantage of volunteer events and keep an active record of them (The Volunteer Service Ribbon is worth 10 promotion points). If you are single get involved with the BOSS Program (Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers) they offer a lot of volunteer event normally and it looks good when you go to a board. Strive to better yourself.
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