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Summit 02-01-2009 11:07 PM

Credit for AF Squadron Officer School?
I'm looking at enlisting options as a 38A (Civil Affairs Specialist). I already have a Bachelor's and Master's degree, and understand that when I enlist I could get automatic E-4. From what I understand, after 18 months time in service I'd be eligible for a secondary zone promotion to buck sergeant and was wondering what things -- in addition to exceptional duty performance -- would contribute towards securing an E-5 promotion.

For example, as an NCO, would I be able to receive credit for having previously completed Squadron Officer School (SOS) and Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) at Air University (obviously these are Air Force courses). It's military PME, but obviously not Army and wouldn't have been completed while in the Army. Would they count for anything if I enlist in the Army?

MSG Glenn 02-02-2009 06:01 AM

I can only tell you about my experience. I had been out of the Navy for 14 years when I enlisted in the Army. My first board for SSG was a paperwork board, I didn't have to appear. When I was notified that I had made it through by the promotion board president he said there was no way they couldn't pass me with all of my military education. I had been through many, many schools in the Navy & we had to have at least one correspondence course out at all times. Usually we had one for our job & one for leadership.

When I was promotable to SFC I had to appear before the board & was told by those in the know to make copies of of everything that showed as a positive. I had my Private Detectives license, my Amateur Radio license. all of my Martial Arts rank certificates, all training certificates for various skills - all of which I had earned between my Navy & Army years. It impressed them & they asked a lot of questions about them because it grabbed their interest. I even picked up a conditional additional MOS when the asked me if I'd be willing to take a Commo job if necessary.

Good luck.

Summit 02-03-2009 09:30 PM

Thank you MSG for your reply. I appreciate the information!

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