Are promotion boards a fair promotion potential predictor? Does memorizing a bunch of questions or confidently answering questions (right or wrong) determine a great leader? Do you agree with this traditional system or what would you recommend be better for promotion to SGT and SSG?
Posted 9 y ago
There's something to be said for scenario based evaluations. Take all your "promotables" and give them a team/squad/platoon and a series of tasks to lead the group through. Throw in some obstacles along the way to see how quickly and effectively they react. This can be MOS specific; gun-crew for the 13Bs, a convoy for the 88Ms, etc... The non-MOS specific stuff can be evaluated pretty easily. "Private Snuffy" comes in and says "My wife cleaned out the bank account and took off with the neighbor's cousin. I'm broke, Sergeant! What do I do?!?" See if this prospective NCO has any idea how to take care of that Soldier; Finance Office, Legal, AER, etc...
Promotion boards are fair if they are used correctly. A Soldier is sent to the promotion board based off his/her chain of command recommendation. If the the COC believes that the Soldier has the potential for more responsibility at the next grade, then going to the board is valid. My issue isn't the board, it's some of the lazy COCs that send every single Soldier that are eligible by time in service regardless of their potential. Promotions start with proper counseling. Every Soldier should receive a counseling every month based on their promotion potential. Also, it should have details on how to improve or overcome their setbacks.
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