Posted on Nov 23, 2013
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I would advise them to read Army Regulations & Field Manuals. This can help them develop into better future leaders.
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CW5 Sam R. Baker
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No matter what, get that civilian education. I used to go as a PFC just for the promotion points, but I was going. Then 11 years later as a CW2 I finally finished. Guess what? The education was one of the most keys factors in CW3/4/5 selection.

Went to a Hail and Farewell Thursday night and the 1SG was becoming a civilian, his advice to all was education. He had applied for and was qualified for about 25 jobs, but every job told him that due to his LACK of a degree that he was not competitive for the positions for which he applied.

With the number of online degrees and training, I cringe when I see formations wired together and playing video games for hours when the mission takes a pause, if they networked and took college, it is more productive, so take time and get some schooling.
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Chief,

 

Work on your civilian education. Seems to be a common advice to give. Thanks for the feedback.

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Chief - You are on the money.  Getting that education is so critical, and the sooner that degree is in that Soldier's pocket, the better.  Education is more than a fall back asset. It's useful during your Army career as well.  Put an education together with a motivated Soldier, that's money - right there.
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I encourage them to sit down and think about where he or she wants to be in 5, 10, 15, and 20 years.  Once the Soldier has completed that I encourage them to then write out what he or she needs to do to reach the goals (make benchmarks) .  I then encourage them to write down those benchmarks in priority and place them somewhere he or she looks daily.  As each benchmark is completed cross it off and move on to the next.  I am a strong believer that goals are put on paper and dreams are in your mind.
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SFC,

 

Stop and think first. Develop goals, and a plan to reach them. Thanks for the feedback.

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Take College and use their TA!
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