I remember when I was going up for my promotion board for SSG and the guy in front of me got kicked out of the board for telling the CSM that his short term goal was to get out of the Army and join the Air Force... When I reported the CSM for my board, my CSM looked at me and said, "SGT Moore, if you tell me that you're going to get out of my beloved Army and join the Air Force, I'm going to climb over this table and choke slam you.." I wouldn't have even thought of saying that to a CSM, I have a little more common sense... Not much more but some ;) No offense to my Air Force brothers and sisters..
When I was a PFC, I went to our Brigade Mechanic of the Quarter Board. It was a formal board in the morning, chaired by the Brigade CSM, S-3 SGM, the two 1SGs of the maintenance companies in the Brigade and the two MSGs working in each Battalion shop office. I didn't know any better at the time, but I impressed no one on the board when I said my long term goal was to become a Warrant Officer. I did well on the board after that, and destroyed the troubleshooting practical exam in the afternoon, but I think telling a room filled with senior NCOs that I didn't want to be one of them ruined my chance at winning. Oh well.
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