The Army First Sergeant position is one of respect and honor in the Army. The Army Chief of Staff have recently approved an active duty component for those personnel that seek to be advanced to Army First Sergeant. It is a course for first time personnel candidates for First Sergeant. It is a new active duty course that will be held at Fort Bliss, Texas. It is a course for candidates that they will take prior to beginning their Army First Sergeant duties. The New Course is to centralize training and is called simply the Army First Sergeants course, held at the Sergeant Major Academy at the Army base in Texas.
The course is part of a new welcome addition to the training and current specialist courses that personnel for the position of First Sergeant go through. Its is a mandatory requirement for all Servicemembers that otherwise are prepared to rise to First Sergeant Rank. The new course is intended for all First Sergeant Candidates in both the continental United States as well as overseas command locations. There are situations that involve a candidate being promoted because of the needs of the Army to First Sergeant that has not attended the course. Candidates will be required to take the course within the first 6 months of being promoted to 1st Sergeant.
The Academy First Sergeants course will be required for all soldiers except those rare soldiers that have a waiver from the First General in the soldier’s chain of command. The new academy First Sergeants course is a bit different from past courses as it reflects the rank structure and different changes in Army authority in the modern world. It also reflects new electronic and technology advances and embraces technology as it affects the enlisted mission. All of this information and other items are reflected in the new course structure of the Academy course. The soldiers who are scheduled to attend the First Sergeants course will be identified by a skill identifier qualification symbol, an “M” that will be worn on the uniform. In the Army the First Sergeant provide needed leadership and structure for the unit level, and they also provide a vital link in the competition of the Army Unit. The First Sergeant is leaned on heavily by commanders for their line experience and wisdom, and it is the first sergeant that provides instruction for new and inexperienced junior personnel.
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Soldiers who are serving for short terms or short amounts of time can have the course requirements waived if it’s considered in the best interest of the Army.