Posted on Nov 4, 2013
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As a E4 i found it quite demotivating that it is almost impossible to move up in the national guard ranks. How can we motivate our E4 if there is no chance of reward for all their hard work and no further place for them to go other then to stay in the E4 club.<br>
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CW3 Kevin Storm
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I am going to cry foul Sgt Walker. You control your own destiny in the Guard. Each soldier gets informed annually of what their point sheet is, they know where they can make points (PT, Civ education, Correspondence Courses for mil education are a few), yet how many are doing that? Now here is the kicker, you get to pick the distance you wish to travel to your next unit, so how is this an unfair system? I see those in my state (California) driving hundreds of miles to make the next grade. Are they making any extra money? Hell no they are losing it. It gets down to dedication.

There comes a point when you have to decide if you want the grade or not, and if you want it, what do you have to do to get it. If you sit on the stump and cry "they won't promote me," Well I got a news flash for you, you are absolutely correct "they won't promote you!" You promote yourself, you demonstrate you have what it takes to be that leader, and sometimes that means sacrifice over convenience.

Sorry if this sounds abrasive, there are no free rides in life nor the US Army.
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Its been difficult - i have travelled up to 4 and a half hours for my E5 and i recently earned my E6 - i wrote this question as a E4.
I think honestly my MOS is the reason - 92A - the slots are limited after E4
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Well for starters you're in the Guard.
2. Probably the "the good ole boy buddy system"
3. You probably made some one mad
4. State funded lack of funding for schools for promotions
5. Lack of funding for NCOES schools
6. Did I mention "the good ole boy buddy system"
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You must kill and E-5 first.
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It also depends on who you know. I told an AGR full colonel that an E-5 was doing a superb job and was doing work above his pay grade. A couple months later the SGT became a SSG.
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