I have been a classroom teacher at the high school level in the past and know how difficult an instructor's job is. This said, I think ALL MOSQ and NCOES (and other) instructors should be awarded the instructor badge as a temporary badge that can only be worn while serving in the instructor position (much like the career counselor badge was when I was a unit retention NCO). We are getting too award happy. If we keep on this same track, our uniforms will start to resemble that of the Boy Scouts with badges for everything we do.
I taught at the AMEDD NCO Academy for three years (98-01). We were SGLs and used small group methodology. The other instructors on Fort Sam team taught. I had 10+ hours of contact time with my small group. I was their only instructor until they went to another phase or graduated. The AIT instructors might teach 3 to 4 classes a week while we taught everything. The Drills and the AIT instructors didn't have nearly the contact time that we did. Our positions were recognizes as the most challenging instructor slots in the AMEDD. We couldn't get AIT instructors to come over because "we worked to hard". I don't have a problem with a badge for NCOES SGLs. They are a cut above the rest.
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