Posted on Nov 25, 2013
SGM Matthew Quick
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If you were a promotion board member, in your opinion, what would carry more weight for promotion potential and why?<br><br>- Competing/winning an NCO of the Year/Quarter/Month board<div><br></div><div>- Completing a college degree (this can be an 2-, 4-, or higher degree)</div>
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SFC Rich Carey
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What would benefit you in the long run? Why not both?

I think it would depend on how many classes you are taking and what level. If you are starting out in college and you are just taking a class, for a 8 week period, you would have time to study. If you combined your class with your study for the board, like American Military History, then you would have a good fit.

The one major item is what is the board looking for in an NCO? That target seems to move year to year. Look at the profile of your peers, do most of them have a two year degree? Or are they getting promoted with some college. The next question is what are you going to do after the military? That is the bigger question.

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SGT Kristin Wiley
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I have a Bachelor's degree and was enlisted person of the quarter this year, and am up for enlisted person of the year for my unit; however, my unit will still not send me to the promotion board. My answer is a Bachelor's degree holds more weight, because if you are in a unit with poor leadership like mine then you can easily be prevented from being NCO/Soldier of the Quarter/Year. I was pulled from my initial Enlisted person of the quarter board by our Chief of Staff with no explanation given to me or my chain of command. When I did win Enlisted Person of the Quarter, they refused to tell me when the board was and only notified me of it's occurrence 5 minutes after the board started. So I was forced to show up in ACUs and only won because I truly knew all the material and one of the NCOs on the board refused to compromise the board. I also attended a mock promotion board with the board members that sit on the real board and they said they'd pass me with flying colors. Still not being recommended to the promotion board, no counseling given, no IG action taken.
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I used to be attached to NCPAC, I completely understand what you're saying.
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SSG Cargo Specialist
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Truly and honstly I understand all but I have Bachelors and a M.A.E.D and have been overlooked 4 times for E-7....GO Figure.
I have completed Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course SGM Course, SLC, SSD 4 and held 3 40 Level Positions
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PO1 Disaster Survivor Assistance Specialist
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Gotta add my .02

Boards are wonderful motivators. It's gives the soldies, sailor, airman, marine something to shoot for in competition within your unit.

I've never seen anyone hired outside the military based solely on that former SM having been designated as a "winner" of a board. Unfortunately, there are very, very, very many ex-military and only very few board "winners". Earning that college degree displays the ability to take a mission (get that degree) and see it through. Most employers don't have a clue what work is necessary to earn that soldier of the year award, but they certainly know what that degree means.
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Sgt Randy Hill
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Great Question Petty Officer Medley: In September 1989 I was selected as Airman of the month by answering all questions correctly and looking sharp and talking about college goals which I have achieved. I lost another board competetion by .5 of a point. I could never figure where that came from. Just glad to know I was rated as outstanding. More important wish this weighed more in the civilian world. Excellent topic.
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