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CSM Battalion Command Sergeant Major
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I know two fantastic NCOs who were selected for Brigade level positions. I think the CSL process is very fair and ends any hint of favoritism in the selection process. Congrats to all.
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1LT Timothy Kahn
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I don’t understand why the Army will only get you a rank of E-5, to Licensed RN’s with an Associate degree in Nursing (ASN)?? Most of the time, the ASN will up training/orient a new BSN!! In addition, it doesn’t seem right, They all take the same f**king test, and by the time (2 years) a BSN hits the floor, the ASN already has 2 years of experience!! All you need to ask yourself, do you want a RN with an ASN, who has 2 experience or would you put your trust in a newly graduated BSN (who is just began their Nursing Career) on the floor & is being most likely to be proctored by the ASN (& has to baby the new RN, since they are only E-5, versus the butter bar (O-1). I believe that the only way the Army & other services, should automatically become a CWO!! If you are trying to retain RN’s, this is the only way you are going to keep nurses in the service!! The advantage of making them CWO’s is they would be officers, with higher pay, options for them to become a BSN, increased respect from others, you will decrease the slight, when they are assigned to proctor a new graduate. ASN’s will easily be retained (personal opinion - it will give them a pathway, for a career in the service. They could start as CWO-2, and may never leave, since they would be promotable to CWO-5 & this would keep them in for twenty years!! At that point, they then go back to school & and obtain the education they would want, to climb in the civilian world!! I have been to the 82nd & 101st, & seen the ASN’s have part-time jobs, and get paid 1.5-2.0 times higher than the service!! I can guarantee that there would be a better retention rate of RN’s ( again, I just want you to remember that an ASN & BSN, take the same National Board, to get a RN license!!)!! Plus they make Physician Assistant’s (PA) are CWO’s, where as RN, have a lot more education (I have worked with several, but everything they do, must be co-signed by a MD. RN’s can take a telephone MD order & then would have to Co-sign it (low and behold, kind of similar). Plus, anyone can become a PA, as long as they have BA or BS, then can become a PA within 18 months. It’s incredible that a PA can have a BA/BS, even in English (I worked with one that have a BA). It is part of the reason the medical field has been slowly eliminating the use of PA’s. Comments please!!
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SFC Dave Paul
SFC Dave Paul
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Interesting topic. Needs some editing. Multiple lines of thought without logical progression and reasoned arguments.
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1LT Timothy Kahn
1LT Timothy Kahn
6 mo
Please forgive me for not being more attentive, while I wrote the piece above. I happen to I have to take Oxycodone 4X/day, with the side kicker of Valium, just to mention some of the narcotics I have had to take for the pain caused by the numerous spinal cord injuries that I suffer with. Before moving back to Florida (from California), & I had consults with 7 neurosurgeons (from Long Beach ~ Beverly Hills. Not one of them would touch me and even the surgeons at the VA Hospital in Lake Nona, had already reviewed my case and concurred with the MD’s from California! They like to joke about it and call me a “walking Quad” because if I were to have a bad fall, that would probably happen. I understand that it is just a true fact! The reason I know this, is because of my education & licenses. For your benefit, my education includes: 1) my first degree in Electronic Technology, 2) my return to education as a health care provider = ASN, BSN, PHN, M.S. in Health care, my Ph.D. in Health Care Management. I have carried the following licenses: Life & Health Ins. Agent, RN, PHN, N.H. Administrator (the only license, in which a MD works UNDER our license), MVAC Tech. Cert.,!Professor (St. Johns, University ~ for under graduates & long distance education), Ordained Reverend and completed testing for 4 additional MOS’, and last, my Certification for legal consultant. One last remark (& can produce any documentation if you have any doubts), I am probably the only person/case, of a soldier whom had never been to boot camp and the MOS training/school (was given a wavier, until I graduated from nursing school), but I was called to active duty and was given a choice of 1 month in S.Korea or 6 months in Bosnia. I took Korea and was sent to Lawton, OK, for processing to go to Korea and told everyone that I had never been to boot camp! Didn’t matter to them, and upon arrival, I was attached to the Trans. Battalion. When we arrived at our HQ Bunker, in the south of S. Korea., our intel officer (Capt/0-3) faked being ill, I became the new intel for Trans. Bat., (since I had top secret clearance (the FBI had to ask the Navy to review & the fact my sister was a spook. Long story short, after the 14 straight days of the games, I was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for my being able to step into the role & made it work (other details I will not discuss)!! Now SFC, please give me any response to this. One other question I have, are you active/ reserve/ or retired?! Myself, being a “Mustang” Officer, could you please let me know, if there would be any reason for you not to salute me and would require you to address me as LT or Sir (active duty ~ earned respect when you start from Enlist to Officer).
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PVT Rocky Susshine
PVT Rocky Susshine
6 mo
Cant be getting them from the VA @ Bay Pines. Pain killers cut out across the board. Vetrans going underground for medical attention.
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1stSgt Jeff Blovat
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The soldier that wears these stripes better get a salute.
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