Monday, 14 April 2014

Army Officer Promotion: Move Ahead in the ARNG

The purpose of this article is to give you basic information about officer promotions in the Army National Guard.

First and foremost, please realize that it's your job to manage your own career. Don't expect anyone else to do that for you. If you do, you will be disappointed and you won't have the military career that you could.
Listed below are a few steps to success.

1. Take tough jobs: Don't be the officer who always takes the easiest jobs. Look for positions that will challenge you and help you grow as a leader. If possible, stay at the "troop" level as long as possible.

2. Maintain Your Height/Weight and Physical Fitness: Stay in shape. Exercise on your own. Always pass the Army Physical Fitness requirements. This sounds like common sense, but many National Guard officers don't meet the physical fitness requirements. If you struggle in this area, hire a personal trainer. Do whatever it takes to maintain your fitness. You don't want to get passed over for promotion because you couldn't pass the physical fitness test.

3. Finish You Civilian and Military Education Requirements: If you haven't already finished your Bachelor's degree, get it done. You can't make Captain without it. Also ENTERPRISE-EMAIL, consider pursuing a Master's degree as a way to separate yourself from your peers. In terms of military education, complete your military education requirements for the next higher grade right now. Don't procrastinate. Identify the military education requirements for the next higher rank and get those requirements done immediately
4. Keep track of OERs: Review your Officer Evaluation Reports. If you are missing any, get the problem fixed. When you are due an OER, communicate with your rater and senior rater to get it done. Also, make sure your OERs are profiled and filed into your IPERMS folder

5. Position Yourself for Success: Always position yourself so you can get promoted as early as possible. For instance, if you will be eligible for promotion to Major in six months Access Management, you should start looking for a Major slot now. Don't wait for the DA promotion board. Strive to get vacancy promotions.

In summary, getting promoted in the National Guard is fairly easy. The secret to success is to be proactive and actively manage your own career. Take care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves.

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