Posted on Jan 14, 2016
SGT Emergency Medical Technician (Emt)
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I am currently deployed/TDY and just received my ATRRS email to attend ALC halfway through my deployment. I am really enjoying my mission here and want to remain in country to complete the mission and sustain operations. Is there a way to argue/fight this? I am more than willing to attend NCOES after my tour, it's just that this couldn't have come at a worse time. All help and advice is welcome!
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MSG Senior Enlisted Advisor
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With the current operational environment and considering the changes with the STEP program, you should re-deploy to attend ALC. You may be moved to an undesirable location on the OML which will result in a different Rallypoint post later down the road, "I can't get promoted because I haven't attended ALC yet; how can I get a school date?"

We are sending guys back from my current deployment to attend PME schools.
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COL Strategic Plans Chief
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Spot on. We got into the predicament we are in with schools being backed up and not having the right grades in position by Commanders and individuals wanting to hold onto people/stay in their position for a deployment. Go to school.
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MAJ Assistant Professor Of Military Science
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The comment about the post "I can't get promoted because I haven't attended ALC yet" is so spot on.
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SGT Human Intelligence Collector
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What happens when your leadership cancels your date because of the deployment? I am asking to get other views as to why they would do this. I read the MILPER message, have six years TIS and from what I can understand at my level, there isn't really any flags for me to get my date cancelled. Very respectfully asking opinions.
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SGM Steve Wettstein
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Never, ever turn down an Army School! Deployments will come, school slots will not always be there.
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Needs of the Army and your career outweigh an "enjoyable mission" that will get accomplished whether you are there or not. Start packing.
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