Posted on May 16, 2015
SSG VNicia Young
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SGM Senior Adviser, National Communications
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SPC Young...while each unit has their own expectations of customs, knowledge and behaviors, be professional but also be yourself. Be CONFIDENT. You are appearing before the board because you meet the minimum standards for promotion and your leaders recommend you; now show us how you EXCEED the minimum standard; why we should definitely promote you... not why we should not. I want to see a confident person, who understands that promotions are not for what you have done, but for what you are expected to do! Think about that. It can change your entire mindset, attitude, and behavior in a very positive way. So the board validates you just as much as you will validate the board.

I am a real fan of going well beyond rote memory to the point where one has actual knowledge of questions and answers in so-called study guides. Also a fan of asking questions that matter--about potential leadership and your job by MOS and NCO status; that relate to your job and present and future rank. I'd expect you to know the difference between General Military Authority and Command Authority. So if the board doesn't ask you questions like that, feel free to suggest them, tactfully, perhaps after the board or if given a chance to speak, tell them of a real life example of your leadership and how you handled it--you be the judge. I used to search and destroy study guides for dumb questions and misleading or wrong answers...and as a young Sp4/5 did the research to find the correct answers and presented both to the board, tactfully. These days, most published guides are pretty good,but beware the locally produced versions!
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Get hold of a board MOI one that they had the month before and see what topics are covered by each board member. The armystudyguide.com is a good place to look for questions and answers. Basic soldiering questions and situational questions is possible. Know what regulation covets what e.g. Drill & Ceremony, First Aid etc....Recite the Soldiers Creed and NCO Creed Daily. If you're going for NCO then definitely know the NCO Creed some CSM wanna c that you know it. Your PT Score work on getting 90% in each event and maxing. Confidence and Competence play a big role! Best of luck!
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SFC Stephen King
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Ask for a practice board to assist you with the board
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