Posted on Apr 13, 2020
1LT S3 Operations Nco
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SSG Observer   Controller/Trainer (Oc/T)
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As long as there is a rating scheme, there will always be competition and sometimes leaders take it personal. I see it more or less in different units. Some leaders are just assholes. They are everywhere.
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CPT Communications Watch Officer
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Since the Raters can only rate a certain percentage above center mass out of all the folks they rate it makes it difficult the rated Soldiers to not compete with their peers. It's up to the rated person to standout from the herd in order to get "Above Center Mass", Promote Below the Zone, Promote Ahead of Peers, Promote Now... If you want to make the Army a career it's up to you to standout!
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CSM Richard StCyr
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Teach them to compete against the standard and not each other. The best still rise but they don't do so while cutting their peers legs out from under them.
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2LT Bolc Student
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This is great life advice as well.
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CPT Infantry Officer
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Or those that are very talented get frustrated and some of our very best leave the service before truly making their mark. It is a problem, as far as Junior Officers go, that the E-Ring in the Pentagon has tried to address, although not with very much success.
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MAJ Health Services Materiel Officer
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It’s the same for Officers, Warrants and NCOs. As others have said, competition can drive people to do things out of character or in some misguided goal to achieve future promotions. I had a Brigade Commander who was conducting my initial counseling as one of her Company Commanders. She said “I value officers who do what is best for the unit and the team, without seeking the spotlight of recognition.” By helping to lift up your peers, you will earn their respect and trust. It takes a strong Rater and Senior Rater to set the climate amount subordinate leaders. When the message is that teamwork is priority one, people get the message. Great question LT.
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1LT S3 Operations Nco
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MAJ (Join to see) - awesome message sir. Keeping the team as number one in our business of people never steered me wrong.

-LT Carter
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