Posted on Dec 8, 2013
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Seems unfair since all you really have to do is go to Wiki Answers and get the answers. The website seems like it is non-user friendly as well. 
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1LT Battalion Logistics Officer (S4)
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Waste of time, we cannot replace what should be institutional training with online software that never works, and when it does, it is more bland than watching infomercials at 1 am. I have yet to see any excitement or learning whatsoever from SSD. However, I am sure it looks great on someones NCOER/OER.
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1SG Shane Hansen
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I agree and disagree all at the same time.  The Soldier should be allotted time and access to computers at work to complete the SSD.  The completion progress should be noted in their performance counseling as it should be a goal or plan to complete.  
However, I think that if a Soldier does not show the initiative or desire to do what is required of them to advance, well then maybe a bar to reenlistment should be placed on them for failure to advance, keep pace with peers, show leadership potential, etc.   
The SSD DL is not that difficult and should not be that big of deal.  You can even google all of the answers I am told.
Oh look, the army says I am required to do something if I want to stay in, advance, or attend NCOES, let me go ahead and do that so I am not viewed as a malingerer or someone who is just doing the minimums. 
The mediocre thought process is what they are trying to weed out of the military these days.  I want Soldiers who take initiative and go above and beyond in my formation.

Now the other side of me says: don't force them to do it, don't pressure them.  Let the one's who do want to excel and be a part of the Army team advance over them.  Let the one's who do not want to complete an Army requirement do their time and just get out.  So I am torn between let it be and force them to do it.  Either way, those without the initiative will be weeded out.  Definitely should be no form of punitive action against them for not doing it at any rate.
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1SG Hansen, well siad..
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Exactly, 1SG. This years promotions lists are slim for us in part due to incomplete SSD and NCOES.
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SSG Robert Burns
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Edited 8 y ago
SSD= Super Slow Development
I hate that website.
94 modules into it, I don't think I need the slide that forces me to learn to navigate through the site.  I'm just saying.
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SSG Robert Burns
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That stupid "how to navigate slide" takes about 1 minute of your time between loading, talking, navigating, and loading the next slide.
SSD 3 has 25 lessons.  That's 25 minutes of your life....gone....forever.
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