US Army National Guard
SGT (Join to see) best way to be promoted period is to do your job to the best of your ability and always improve yourself. Seek opportunities for responsibilities, additional duties, additional schools, maybe teach a class. Also the key is balance. Try to get BLC when you hit SPC and do your SSD and other online training as well college. These are "easy" points that can add up fast.
I won't repeat everything that was already said....but I will say this: Keep in mind that in order to make SGT (and higher), you may end up needing to transfer to a different state if your state does not have an open slot for your MOS in whatever rank you are wanting to be promoted to.
I've been reading everyone's comments and I agree with most. Put in the work and dedication for your job. Also, one of the biggest things is slots. You might have to move around in your state or take advantage of switching your mos to one that has an E-5 slot in your state. I've seen soldiers leave the state to get promoted.
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