Posted on Mar 12, 2016
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I just re-enlisted into the National Guard yesterday from the Army Reserve. I'm reclassing from 74D to 11B. The problem I encountered in the Reserve was sitting on the promotable list for months on end after my packet was approved without getting a slot. I've been in since 2009 and feel like I'm way behind my peers. Would it be hard to put in for promotion ASAP since I'm brand new to my unit?
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A. You won't be putting in for promotion ASAP. Just doesn't work that way.
B. The Guard do promotions boards once a year. You put a packet in, it goes in front of a board, then you come out on a promotion list. Depending on what you select for mileage and if any vacancies open within the mileage you select, and where you are on the list will determine if you get offered a slot for promotion.
C. In the Guard there has to be a vacant NCO slot for a Soldier to get offered a promotion.
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Thank you for your response, Sergeant. I hope I didn't come off as arrogant when I mentioned putting in for a promotion ASAP. I'm just itching to make up for a lot of lost time.
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SGM Mikel Dawson
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In the Reserve I found it was very helpful to have more than one MOS. You could look for a unit's open slots and apply for promotion to those slots, If I remember right you had three choices on a Reserve promotion packet - and it didn't matter what State.

Guard, State does matter. Also I've found homesteading was more present in Guard units. Don't know if it's changed now.
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SGM Mikel Dawson-Your advice on this thread is really good. Being new to RP, it is great to see rankers passing on experience to enquiring minds. Back in my day, I worked with RC (2 INF AIT tng Companies)20th SFG(A)when an ROTC MSIII instructor, Ranger advisor, Orienteering Coach.
AL NG Eng unit built UNA s rappel tower. Taught them some patrolling and Ranger skills. Ran an orienteering contest for local Commo Bn. The Bn Cdr was my faculty advisor, so I was glad to help and his NCOs got to do recruiting pitches on my MSIVs. One guy who went Signal Corps told me he had 1/2 a mind to go Infantry, because that was all it took. Therapeutic was checking my sense of humor. My career kept going from there with NG interaction. I did recruit 3 NCOs to active duty SF. One went on from SFC to CW3. I did turn down a terminal assignment to SF unit in Michigan, only benefit was jumpster course. Instead went back to VA and played Drill Major to 900 fledgling JAGs. Skill level 3 trainer. I taught them they knew or learned the law but NCOs know the Army and that it would really pay to listen. 151 went to jump school. SPC Saad Rajabali- Hang in there STUD, America needs you. Keep you head up and hard work is eventually rewarded!
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SGM Dawson. Spell check changed dipstick to Therapeutic. I thought I had edited myself, but the ebook munchkins did me in, again! I checking your profile out comrade.
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SGM Mikel Dawson
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SGT (Join to see) - Before you pull pitch, go talk with the Tng unit. Find out if they got a position. I know once you finish DS tng, you will be promoted to SGT, if not before. If there's a position, get the Par/Line number, unit and such, go back to your unit and talk to your 1SG/CDR. I've yet to find a unit that wouldn't consider the soldiers also, unless they are in line for deployment.
Just remember no one cares more about your career than you do. Take charge of it and drive on.
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I'll definitely do that. Wouldn't hurt to pick up another MOS and then make up for lost time doing that route. Three years should fly by.
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Google NGABS. National Guard Automated Board System. Pretty detailed info on how the Guard does promotions.
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I'll do that right now. I appreciate it!
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