What are my chances for green to gold?




 
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Boots
 
January 4th, 2005  
Duty Honor Country
 
 

Topic: What are my chances for green to gold?


Alright ladies and gents, here is what I am dealing with. As many of you know, I am trying damn hard to become an officer. Last week, I called the green to gold rep for the 101st and left a message. The major called me today and I will meet him tomorrow. He told me I have a good chance at getting a 3 year green to gold scholarship since I am prior service, have a 3.4 GPA and a 280 PT score.

Here is the problem. My unit has to release me to do green to gold. As many of you also know, my unit is going to Iraq around the end of the summer. My commander has every right to say no, we need SGT Doody for the mission in Iraq. Tomorrow I am also talking with my LT about green to gold. I am hoping my aspects look good.

What do the rest of you think?
January 4th, 2005  
chewie_nz
 
i don't know what your chances are but good luck anyway
January 4th, 2005  
battery
 

Topic: Re: What are my chances for green to gold?


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Originally Posted by Doody
Alright ladies and gents, here is what I am dealing with. As many of you know, I am trying damn hard to become an officer. Last week, I called the green to gold rep for the 101st and left a message. The major called me today and I will meet him tomorrow. He told me I have a good chance at getting a 3 year green to gold scholarship since I am prior service, have a 3.4 GPA and a 280 PT score.

Here is the problem. My unit has to release me to do green to gold. As many of you also know, my unit is going to Iraq around the end of the summer. My commander has every right to say no, we need SGT Doody for the mission in Iraq. Tomorrow I am also talking with my LT about green to gold. I am hoping my aspects look good.

What do the rest of you think?

Doody, I understand that you've been waiting for a long time to become a officer... But I think that you should wait until you and your family return from Iraq to pursue becoming a officer. I think it's the most honorable thing to do.
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Boots
January 4th, 2005  
gladius
 
I've always thought that former enlisted made the best officers, and so did most everyone I knew when I was in. We sure do need more of those.

But the final decision is up to you. In any case having combat under your belt maybe a fast track to promotion.
January 4th, 2005  
Duty Honor Country
 
 

Topic: Re: What are my chances for green to gold?


Quote:
Originally Posted by battery
Doody, I understand that you've been waiting for a long time to become a officer... But I think that you should wait until you and your family return from Iraq to pursue becoming a officer. I think it's the most honorable thing to do.
I would agree with you if I had never been to Iraq. This will be my second tour in Iraq if I go at the end of the summer. Let me be crystal clear on this issue. I am not using green to gold to get out of Iraq. I am always willing to serve my country. Remember, I volunteered to go to Iraq. No one forced me to go and I did have a choice in the matter. It has been my belief for a while that I can better serve the Army as an officer than an enlisted soldier.

SGT Doody
January 4th, 2005  
battery
 

Topic: Re: What are my chances for green to gold?


Quote:
Originally Posted by Doody
Quote:
Originally Posted by battery
Doody, I understand that you've been waiting for a long time to become a officer... But I think that you should wait until you and your family return from Iraq to pursue becoming a officer. I think it's the most honorable thing to do.
I would agree with you if I had never been to Iraq. This will be my second tour in Iraq if I go at the end of the summer. Let me be crystal clear on this issue. I am not using green to gold to get out of Iraq. I am always willing to serve my country. Remember, I volunteered to go to Iraq. No one forced me to go and I did have a choice in the matter. It has been my belief for a while that I can better serve the Army as an officer than an enlisted soldier.

SGT Doody

I knew that, I still say that your brothers in arms need you right now and you should wait to become a officer until you're complete with your second tour. But it's completely your choice Doody, you're a good man and whatever decision you make will be a good one.
January 4th, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 
Doody's done his duty (yeah pun intended). One troop more or less doing FIST in Iraq would be certainly of some consequence but becoming an officer could allow him an even greater contibution in the years to come. Remember, that Doody's wife would still be going to Iraq. His family has made a great contribution already. I think it would be a fine thing for him to pursue his goal at this time. I'm sure his CO will be well aware of his wife's deployment and wouldn't even consider his request as an "out" for going to Iraq. Being seperated from his wife under such circumstances is a huge sacrifice all by itself.
March 11th, 2005  
Duty Honor Country
 
 
well, I am 3 weeks out from submitting my packet. It seems that things are going well. My commander gave me a very favorable rating and I am due to see the Battalion commander today or monday.

Here is a few lines about why I want to become an officer. Let me know if I am blowing smoke up someone's arse

"I have served in the Army for 5 years active duty, 2 years reserves and been on 2 real world deployments. During that time, I have been successful at being a good soldier and a good leader. I feel that I have what it takes mentally, physically and morally to become a good officer. I am also ready to make the sacrifice demanded of an officer. Being a soldier is what I am good at, and I more than willing to make the Army a career."

Aren't I a good BSer? Pay me enough, and I will write a few dreaded papers for ya? 8)
March 11th, 2005  
A Can of Man
 
 
Hahah. Either way good luck and hope you make it! Just go for it now. If you don't take your chance now, you might not have a good shot at it later. Things can change and for stuff like this, I think it's best you just go for it ASAP. You know how rules, proceedures, requirements etc. can change over time.
March 11th, 2005  
DTop
 
 
Doody, for the life of me I can't figure out why anyone would ever want to become an officer Seriously, it sounds like you've got a good shot at it. Have you gotten any feedback from your CO? He'd know how the old man feels about the whole thing I would think. How about your CSM, if he's on your side it couldn't hurt either. I guess what I'm saying is that as long as you've got your allies lined up, you should be in good shape. I know it sounds political but you're going to be an officer so get used to it Best of luck.