Posted on Jul 1, 2016
SSG Derrick L. Lewis MBA, C-HRM
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When I didn't make it last year....I was crushed! I said it the day the list came out..."I will make it next year" I looked myself in the mirror, saw what I was lacking, gave no more excuses or felt sorry for myself, made the changes I needed to, focused more on my career and now I am very confident I have done all I can to be on the promotion list this year. If I don't make it, I am at peace with it because I gave it my all this past year.

My records are squared away, everything is dress right dress. I leave all in God's hands, I believe he will put me in the right place.
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SSG Derrick L. Lewis MBA, C-HRM
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Absolutely! Thanks for the sharing. Our mentalities mirror one another. If I get promoted, glory be to God. If I don't get promoted, glory be to God.
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SFC (Join to see) That is seeking and accepting responsibility! BE PROUD!
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I know when I made the list I was surprised. Not because I didn't think I deserved it or because I was a DB. I am in a small MOS, just over 400 total enlisted, and with the trend of prior years, 17 and 11 the two years prior, I didn't think there would be any on the list. I was 6 of 6 and the only one with a first look.

I had field time, garrison time, three deployments, E6 working in a E7 position and my associates degree. I don't know what the boards are looking for now but I have heard that they are gearing towards those in joint and operational environments. That's one of the reasons I applied for a special duty assignment. Time will tell if I made the right choice; my first look for E8 is next year.
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My previous 1SG said you are qualified but the reason you won't be selected is because of the limited slots. I tell this to every peer and subordinate when it's time for you to get promoted you will. Everyday I go to work/class I give 100% no mater what and try to help everyone I come in contact with. There is a reason for everything that happens. Happy july 4th to my brothers and sisters have fun we all deserved it...
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