Today, I’m going to share some career advice about getting your military schools done as quickly as possible. One of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen Soldiers (both officers and NCOs) in the military make is waiting too long, or procrastinating, when it comes to their military schools.
Most people know what military schools they need to get promoted to the next rank. But for whatever reason, they aren’t proactive about getting enrolled in the schools they need. I’m really not sure why people procrastinate so much, since I’ve never had that mindset myself, but in most cases it always comes back to haunt the person.
The last thing you ever want to do is lose out on a dream job or a promotion because you haven’t finished the required military education. I have seen it time and time again in the Army National Guard where people couldn’t get the jobs they wanted, or they got passed over for a promotion, because they didn’t have a certain military school. That’s ludicrous.
Look, the National Guard and Army are downsizing. Money for schools is tight. That’s WHY you need to be proactive and get enrolled in the schools you need sooner rather than later. Take the time to identify what NCOES or OES courses you need for your next promotions and GET ENROLLED. Sit down with your Readiness NCO or S1 and have them enroll you in the school TODAY.
If distance learning is an option, utilize that option and complete the school on your own time. If residency is the only option, you will have fewer choices and you might need to rearrange your schedule.
As I say over and over on this blog “no one cares about your career as much as you do!” It’s so true. Don’t wait for your supervisor or chain of command to tell you that you need a certain school. Manage your own career and be proactive.
This also means that you need to stay in shape, have a current APFT and HT/WT and not be flagged for anything! There are few things worse than being enrolled in a school, but not being able to attend because you aren’t in shape!
It sounds like common sense, but so many Soldiers mess this up!
If you are up for promotion in a couple years and you know you will need a certain school to get that promotion then complete the school now. The last thing you want to do is wait for the last minute only to find out the state doesn’t have any money for schools or that you have a scheduling conflict or the course is full.
Murphy is always working against you, so be PROACTIVE with your own career.
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