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Example Of Army Broadening Assignments

Narrative Examples

• SGT Smith’s has strong potential; promote to Staff Sergeant now. Assign as MP Squad leader immediately, and send to ALC as soon as possible. He will continue to succeed and will make an outstanding squad leader. Every effort needs to be made in order to retain Soldiers like him.

• SFC Smith is a stellar NCO, and will absolutely be a CSM someday. Promote now and send to Non-Lethal Weapons Trainer Course immediately. Afford him every opportunity to complete his college education.

• SGT Smith potential as an NCO and a Armor crewman is unmeasurable. He is by far the top Sergeant out of three that I senior rate. SGT Smith has the knowledge, work ethic to be a outstanding Tank Commander, and Section Sergeant. SGT Smith has the tools to serve in any position that the Army has to offer. Keep him in leadership position, send to ALC, and promote to SSG immediately.

Promotion Potential

• promote ahead of peers

• outstanding potential for greater responsibility

• has the ability to excel as a platoon sergeant

• promote to Sergeant Major in secondary zone

• promote now; select for 1SG, send to 1SG course and groom for sergeant major

• has clearly demonstrated the potential for increased responsibility; assign as a food service sergeant of a major subordinate command

• assign as company first sergeant now

• this NCO will make an outstanding 1SG, promote to MSG now

• assign immediately as MP company 1SG

• outstanding leader, will excel in any position

• continue to challenge this NCO with increased responsibility

• keep in leadership positions; will continue to make a difference

School Assignment

• send to Advanced Leaders Course now

• send to Advanced Leaders Course when slots become available

• highly intelligent NCO, should be sent to Military Police Investigations immediately

• every effort should be made to allow this NCO to complete her bachelors

• send to Battle Staff Non-commissioned Officers Course now

• excellent NCO, send to WLC as soon as possible

Performance Potential

• this NCOs potential is unlimited and will succeed in any position

• put this NCO in higher demanding positions

• demonstrates the potential to excel; continue to groom for increased responsibility

• demonstrates potential to excel in leadership positions with greater responsibility

• place in more demanding assignments; he/she will excel

• has unlimited potential; assign as First Sergeant immediately

• assign this Soldier in demanding and critical positions immediately to take full advantage of this Soldier's skills and expertise

• unlimited potential; will be successful at any echelon

• capable of excelling, no matter what position he holds

• challenge with only the most challenging and demanding assignments as he surely will succeed

• unlimited potential, recommend for sergeant major's academy and promote

• greatest potential of all maintenance team chiefs in the battalion

• possesses exceptional potential as a division, installation or MACOM CSM

• unlimited leadership potential

• best potential is as a trainer of Soldiers

• unlimited potential; must be promoted immediately and assigned as an infantry battalion CSM

• potential for major contributions as a corps artillery or division CSM

• his greatest contribution to the army will be leading and training armor Soldiers in a line tank platoon

• should not hesitate to place this Soldier on demanding and critical positions

• should always be assigned with Soldiers, MACOM CSM after Division CSM or Commandant of Sergeant Major Academy

Retention Potential

• every effort should be made to retain this NCO

• retaining this NCO should be a unit priority

This week in episode #16 of the NCO Guide podcast I host Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Ken Graham, the incoming command sergeant major for the 20th CBRNE Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. In this episode we speak about broadening assignments for noncommissioned officers, and talk about a few things to consider in how to get selected, and ways to adjust to the changed environment. Nontraditional assignments can be rewarding and provide a unique perspective, and offer back to the force a more diverse leader with new tasks and skills.

CSM Dan Elder, USA, Retired

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Our thanks to CSM Graham for participating in this discussion and wish him continued success. Statements here are personal opinion and do not reflect the official position of the US Army or DoD, participation in our interview sessions does not equal endorsement of any type. The NCO Guide is an unofficial news outlet of professional commentary and guided self-development from current and former Soldiers with the desire to share their expertise and experience and can be read at http://www.NCOGuide.net.


About our guest:

Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth M. Graham

A native of Warren, Ohio, Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth M. Graham enlisted in the U.S. Army on December 3, 1987, as
a Chemical Operations Specialist. After basic and advanced training at Fort McClellan, Alabama, he was assigned to
the 44th Chemical Company at Fort Hood, Texas.

Graham has served in every leadership position from squad leader to command sergeant major, with his most recent
assignment as Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Operational Test Command, Fort Hood, on April 24, 2014. Other
assignments include reconnaissance team leader, 68th Chemical Company, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood; Chemical/
Biological/Radiological/Nuclear (CBRN) Non-Commissioned Officer, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 39th Field Artillery
Regiment (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; CBRN Non-Commissioned Officer, 258th Military Police Company,
Fort Polk, Louisiana; Platoon Sergeant, 87th Chemical Company, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk; Drill
Sergeant, 2nd Battalion, 48th Infantry, Fort Knox, Kentucky; CBRN Non-Commissioned Officer, 94th MP Battalion,
South Korea; Division Chemical Operations Sergeant and Division Chemical Sergeant Major, 82nd Airborne Division,
Fort Bragg; First Sergeant, 21st Chemical Company, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg; CBRN Sergeant Major, 13th
Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Fort Hood; Sergeant Major for the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency,
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; Command Sergeant Major, 23rd Chemical Battalion, Joint Base Lewis-McCord,
Washington; Command Sergeant Major, 48th Chemical Brigade, Fort Hood; and Commandant, III Corps and Fort Hood
Non-Commissioned Officers Academy.

His overseas assignments include Operation Desert Shield/Storm (Kuwait/Iraq), Operation Joint Endeavor (BosniaHerzegovina),
and three deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Graham has a Bachelor of Science degree from Excelsior College. His military education includes U.S. Army
Sergeants Major Academy (Class 56), Advanced and Basic Noncommissioned Officer Courses, Primary Leadership
Development Course, Technical Escort, Mass Casualty Medical Responder Course, CBRN Fox Reconnaissance, Drill
Sergeant School, Jumpmaster, Air Assault, Battle Staff, Hazardous Waste Management, Combat Lifesaver School, and
Modern Army Combatives Level I.

Graham’s awards and decorations include Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (2 oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service
Medal (3 oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (9 oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (8 oak leaf
clusters), Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal (7 oak leaf clusters),
National Defense Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, South West Asia
Service Medal with bronze star, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on
Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Saudi ArabiaKuwait
Liberation Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge,
Canadian Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Drill Sergeant Badge. He is also a member of the Sergeant
Audie Murphy Club and a recipient of the Chemical Corps Honorable Order of the Dragon.

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Dan Elder

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Dan is a leadership coach, management consultant, and change agent who has mentored hundreds of leaders at all levels. A retired Command Sergeant Major with more than 26-years serving soldiers and their families, he has deployments to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq. Dan's culminating assignment was as the senior enlisted advisor of a major Army Command (USAMC) and as the Army's senior enlisted sustainer. He served on the Sergeant Major of the Army's Board of Directors and is author, editor or advisor to a number of soldier-related books and articles. Working as an independent consultant and small-business owner in Killeen TX, Dan continues to serve soldiers as a Blogger, Podcaster and Speaker. He was selected as the first enlisted Senior Fellow for the Association of the United States Army and was inducted to the US Army Sergeants Major Academy Wall of Fame, and the US Army Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame

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