Army Officer Promotions

Army Officer promotions are an important aspect of every Army

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  1. I have to say the people I see get passed over for promotion usually realize too late in the game that they could have helped themselves. The obvious one is don't fail PT and maintain your weight. That goes without saying.
    The other reason I often see is stagnation. Staying in a unit, or a job, for far too long. You can become too comfortable and miss the opportunity for changing to another job. A year wasted early in your career can really come back to haunt you.

    1. I’ve never met a rock star who got passed over for promotion. It might happen once in a while, but not very often. You have to be proactive and make sure you have your schools done, you stay in shape, and you have your personnel records in good order. You also need to make sure you do the right jobs.

  2. I liked this post, as I can also apply most of it to civilian life (as I can most of your posts). I especially like the advice to take those tough jobs. As long as you can do them, and do them well, taking those tough jobs that others may shy away from really makes you stand out. It lets your superiors know that you are not afraid to work hard, to lead by example, and therefore, you are a team player that they can count on. This is a fantastic part of helping to manage your own career: make people take notice in a positive way.

    1. If you want to get promoted in the Army you should take some tough jobs. This shows that you don’t run from responsibility and that you can handle tough situations. The promotion boards really look at what jobs someone has and how they do in those jobs.

  3. Chuck, this is a fantastic article. EVERY officer should read this. If you work hard and have a good work ethic, you will naturally seek those challenges and take the tougher jobs. If you network, those tougher jobs may open up to you, along with promotions. Networking is by far the most important in an organization like the Guard. You will get far enough within your own unit if you work hard, but if you don’t network, nobody will know who you are after that.

      1. This is the truth. I don’t know why this gets neglected so often. I know not everyone likes talking to people, but we are in a people business and need to go outside our comfort zone if it is a problem.

  4. This article is full of great tips. Tip number one: don’t be lazy, take the tough jobs. It communicates already that you are serious about your military career and will be noticed by leadership, whether they say anything directly to you or not. The tips about finish your degree and pursuing your Master’s is also excellent. I appreciate the fact that the military really encourages soldiers to take the time to pursue higher education, and their benefits facilitate educational endeavors very well. If I were a soldier, I would use every benefit for education I had available.

    1. Amy, people who don’t use their education benefits baffle me. We earn them, we should use them! I haven’t had to pay out of pocket for my Master’s because of that. You really can’t beat it.

  5. So much of success in the military and in any job, really, is proactively managing your career. Think if it as part of your job. That means being aware of what opportunities will be coming up and how you can best position yourself. Being ready physically is also important. It’s easy to let this slide, especially if you are a part-timer.

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