Posted on Jun 1, 2019
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Just trying to figure out of RallyPoint is a relevant medium to mentor junior leaders.
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I'm not a fan of Rally Point on the mentoring side of the house. Mostly because it's still just a social media platform. Mentoring needs a more personal touch to be truly effective. Sure some people may learn a thing or two, but it probably won't be something big enough to really change the way a person conducts themselves as a leader. At least with the Army Career Tracker there is a personal component of actually having daily contact with that person.
Secondly, there are too many posts on here that are sheer laziness from junior leaders that just didn't want to do the due diligence to figure it out themselves. Asking questions that could literally be answered within 5 minutes of opening the applicable doctrine or regulation. These people aren't looking for mentorship. They want an easy answer they don't have to work for, or hoping for some barracks lawyer to point them in some vague direction of willing ignorance.
Rally Point may provide some leaders with guidance and advice, but calling it mentorship might be a stretch.
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SSG Dale London
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I tend to agree. Most of the time I see Rally Point being used as a knowledge bank and a sounding board. That's fine as far as it goes and there is a real need for this service but as for mentoring, SSG Bradshaw is right. It needs to be one-on-one.
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2LT Quartermaster Officer
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Agreed... possibly guilty.
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LTC Jason Mackay
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2LT (Join to see) - I try to be civil but obvious, I didn't even google it myself posts drive me over the edge.
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PO2 Buddy Stewart
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"Secondly, there are too many posts on here that are sheer laziness from junior leaders that just didn't want to do the due diligence to figure it out themselves. " It's easier to ask dad where the screwdriver is than go look for it.
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LTC Jason Mackay
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I really wish junior soldiers would get on here and read all the "I have a RE Code of 3 or 4 and really want to come back in" posts, before they get themselves chaptered and dig that hole for themselves.

It is a good way to see what people perceive when the military happens to them. 90% of the stuff on here could be solved with a candid interpersonal conversation.
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CPT Ray Gilmore
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I don't see much from PL's & XO's.

I see E3 and below being mouthy; and a lot of retired leaders telling them to check themselves. (Better here than to their supervisors, but UCMJ could still catch them).

A lot of foolish E5 questions, that make me shake my head.... but, they could be brand new E5's, and back in 2008-9, promotion to E5 was becoming automatic, so I dismiss it, as direct promotions, like E4 used to be.

There is a lot of experience in the user group; but it doesn't feel like a professional platform like LinkedIn yet.... and still it is more professional than Facebook.
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Really appreciate this feedback. Unfortunately doesn't take much to be more professional than gruntstyles Facebook page hahaha!
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