Posted on Jun 8, 2014
SFC S3 Fuops Ncoic
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I'm currently a 11 Year SFC that has his 2 years of Platoon Sergeant time complete. I want to see if anyone out there has any info or first hand experience as a MSI instructor at a 4 year ROTC program or a TAC NCO at West Point. Want to try something different for a bit and was just curious if anyone out here would give me the pro's and con's of these positions. Also do you have to be close to retirement for a ROTC gig? Thanks
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SFC S3 Fuops Ncoic
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Is my question really that boring for a discussion? Half the RallyPoint discussions are about what color socks to wear or I have a 90" waist do you think I am fat? Nobody wants to give input on ROTC/TAC NCO .... WEAKKKKKKK
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SFC Cochran,

I'm a product of 2.5 years at USMA and 2 years in ROTC (where I received my commission) and I will tell you that both are fantastic opportunities for NCOs to impact future officers.
I don't remember well my USMA TAC NCO (hey, it has been almost 25 years!), but he was responsible for a company of 100+ Cadets and since my reason for leaving was Academic, all I can remember is that he was around for inspections and gave some feedback about being a Soldier.
My ROTC MSI on the other hand is someone I remember well. He was an Airborne Ranger, (slightly broken, and he retired out of the job) SFC who could smoke us into the ground and was a tactical expert. I went to a small school, where the ROTC program only had @ 10 cadets as MSIIIs and IVs (Juniors and Seniors) so he had direct, personal interaction with us very often. Of course, we did not live in close proximity, but in the classroom and outside, both in the field and in his office area, he taught me what I should look for in a SFC, especially a PSG.
From my first PSG as a 2LT, I have always compared them to my ROTC SFC.

Don't wait until you are ready to retire to do it, take your skills and knowledge as a young NCO to impact our future officers.

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Thanks for the insight LTC. My platoon leader is a graduate from USMA and he thinks I would be a perfect fit for the TAC NCO job but I can't really see myself wanting to go to NY. No perks in that state for me. As far as the MSI job, I can see myself taking a recharge for a few years and finishing my degree along with training the future leaders of the Army. A SFC that smoked you into the ground, ha that gives away your years in the Military Sir. It's changing faster than I can adapt. Thanks for the info.
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I can't speak for experience on being a TAC NCO. But my friend is currently a TAC. He loves it. He is a PSG/1SG mentor for a company of cadets. I spent 30 days training cadets last summer and all I can say is it is refreshing training so many outstanding young people. Truely cream of the crop of future leaders. I can't speak for his day to day. But I do know he had his office in their barracks (converted barracks room) he spends 90% of his time in Class Bs. A lot of pomp and ceremony thruout the year. Expect to go to every home football game, and the Army/Navy game. You are also expected to go to the "field" for part of the summer. WP is busy in the summer with "army" training for incoming cadets "beast", or training for the other cadets. I was surpirsed to learn that WP does not do a lot of "army training" during the school year. A lot less then ROTC. As for the Area, it is aweseome, real close to NYC (but its very small town life)
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