Posted on Feb 2, 2016
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I have heard a lot of things and the doctrine (I have indeed read it) seems fuzzy aside from 12 months time in grade. What other requirements need be met aside from the usual weapons qual and passing APFT? What does the promotion packet include/entail? And will I look decent as a candidate with a 270 APFT and BLC under my belt, or should I have more education than that (schools are hard to get in the guard.)? Any and all advice and information is appreciated.
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SGT Sean Wike
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It's the darkest of magics. The Tribunal meets but once a year and only the best can survive the vetting process. From there, those selected must engage in Mortal Combat per the rules set by the Cabal that have been handed down through the centuries. Only one can survive.
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CW2 Platoon Leader
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Best comment, and true, the once a year thing hamstrings some troops that just miss it.
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SGT Sean Wike
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CW2 (Join to see) - I actually have no idea. The Cabal has sworn me to secrecy upon penalty of being drawn and quartered, and plague visited upon my house.
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SPC Bobby Coble
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Oh you guys are killing me. :o wait, I didn't mean that literally, get away from me!
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SGT Sean Wike
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SPC Bobby Coble - The Cabal already knows.
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Pass current PT test. Be Green on medical. Be off any profiles. Finish SSD1. Go to WLC. Come back get you packet set up, and submit it.
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Stay hooah: come to drill, give classes, be available for schools, wait for slot. Waiting is hard part! (Being willing to drill other units helps)
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2LT (Join to see) - Sir, thank you for the advice. I actually just offered last week to give a class on OPORDS.
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SFC Platoon Sergeant
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SSD1 is the killer. It's amazing how many soldiers that don't have this done. You don't even make the list if this isn't done.
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CPL Tess Dingle
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I've completed SSD1 and BLC, I am in a 5 slot, Ill be submitting a board packet in may... how long can it be expected to take after that?
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Every promotion board looks at soldiers as complete package. PT, weapons scores, deployments, awards, military schools, correspondences courses, civilian education and time in service and grade all are give points for a tabulated score. You also will go before a board and the board will give you so many points based on your general performance and knowledge of common tasks questions. the scores get tabulated by state G-1 and you are put on a order of merit list. As guard soldier, you can limit your chance of promotion to certain cities, at least bigger state do that. For Texas, my soldiers can select to be considered for promotion in the entire state or select the areas they are willing to drill in. Remember promotion is driven by vacancy, you many be number 10 on the list in the state but if there are only 9 slots open, you have to wait. The list is good for one year, so as slots open up in your MOS and next grade, the promotion gets offered to the next person on the list. If it is too far for you to drive, you can decline a promotion but you go to the bottom of the list.

Google Soldier of the month board study guide, they are pretty much all the same. some guys I have seen get flash cards.
civilian education and extra Army on line course are a big plus, because it shows you are seeking self improvement.
hope this helped
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CW2 (Join to see) - I will check but our board SOP, but I know the Active Army requires them. I went to a live board for E-4 to E-5, E-6 and higher is centralized
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1SG 1st Sergeant
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CW2 (Join to see) - My E-4 to E-5 board was done by my unit in Maryland Guard
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Ahhh ok I went to the board for E5/E6 when I was on active duty but my guard unit will stick someone in a slot and if they have the time in service and are not flagged they will pick up their five but I think that might have changed recently
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1SG 1st Sergeant
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I think the can go one grade over or two grade under but I don't think that tricks SIDPERs
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