Posted on Jun 4, 2019
SGT Multichannel Transmission Systems Operator/Maintainer
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So I graduated AIT a month ago and was promoted to PFC upon graduation. I was going to email 2 of my drill sergeants from there and ask them for a letter of recommendation if only for myself. Do those carry any weight in the future for me or is it just nice to have?
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MAJ Ken Landgren
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I see little value in the letters. The best way to build value is how you conduct yourself at the first unit.
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Yes Sir. I'm here to work that's for sure.. at 33 I may be a private but understand good work ethic! Thank you sir!
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MAJ Ken Landgren
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Work hard. Be in shape. Be the best soldier and person possible. Have a great attitude. Have fun and enjoy life. Those attributes will take you far. SGT (Join to see)
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A letter of rec that states how you did in AIT? Nice to have.
I have reviewed letters of rec for hiring, retention and promotion, and what I'm looking for there is how well the Soldier did in his MOS and as a leader, performance and potential, and a letter of rec has more thought put into it than a copy/paste NCOER.
For AIT, I wouldn't even read the letter of rec, i would just check the 1059 to see if you made honor grad or commandant's list.
If you are planning to volunteer for another unit on Bragg, like 112th or something else, then you'll want to smoke your job for the next year or two and get an outstanding letter of rec from the commander you are working for now.
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Agreed. LORs from AIT don't carry much weight. It's like your GPA in high school when you are applying to a grad school program. No one really looks at them.
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Got it, thank you Sergeant Major.
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CPT Enrique M.
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I guess I am in the school of thought that lor needs a purpose without purpose a general lor tends not to pack a punch to whomever the audience is.

As far your question unless it's being used for a specific purpose, then it's just a nice to have.

That's my personal opinion.
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Well that makes sense lol thank you sir!
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