Stupid Idea

Another stupid idea from the Sergeant Major of the Army–SMA Dailey let me remind you that Command Sergeant Majors are not general officers.  Maybe if you worried about Sergeant Major entitlements and more about the troops the Army would be better off.

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Retired as a Colonel in the United States Army after 33 years of service. Graduate of the VMI, MA in History at JMU, completed course work for Ph.D in History University of Tennessee.
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5 Responses to Stupid Idea

  1. MDL says:

    In the USMC, SgtMaj’s serving under GOs rate proficiency pay at certain levels.

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  2. DaveO says:

    This proves there’s more than one definition for compensation.

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  3. burkemblog says:

    They get it in the Army, too, depending on the level they work at.

    I think SMA Dailey’s idea is that because it’s a “pay” not part of “basic pay,” it doesn’t count when computing retired pay. I’ve worked with some remarkable CSMs as well as some duds. Our battalion CSM when I was XO was fabulous, and made a real difference, mainly by keeping first sergeants in the loop and helping me avoid doing stupid things. He went on to be Aberdeen Proving Ground and AMC CSM.

    I think the job is ill-defined in a way that a first sergeant’s job is not–and that the higher the level, the fewer clear duties the CSM has–further away from soldiers. It depends too much on personality and what the commander wants. I think making them MOS-immaterial was not a good idea–in some organizations, you want folks who understand what that unit does–combat arms CSM at a depot, for example, might not be a good fit because of no experience with civilians or contractors.

    I did work with SMA Kidd when I was on the Army Staff in the 1990s, and he and I got along very well–his replacement, SMA McKinney, was not cut from the same cloth.

    But E-10/11? Nah–it makes even less sense than CW5 or MWO, which I always thought was unneeded. It wasn’t that long ago we didn’t have E-9s at all. E-7 was the top enlisted rank until the late 60s.

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  4. DaveO says:

    The Commonwealth’s model of promoting senior NCO into Warrant and Chief Warrant Officers presents a healthy alternative. Most CSM have a college degree, and great experience. Commission by warrant, and go forward.

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