Epi #12, Why the Specialist Rank doesn’t Work

Why the Specialist Rank doesn’t Work

This episode I talk about providing customized advice via podcasts and explain how the Specialist ranks came to their ultimate demise, and why it was not good for the Army. IMHO, now is not a better time to bring them back, either. I introduce two new segments, This year in NCO History where I highlight a fun fact about NCO History, and then highlight a US Army NCO worth knowing about.

The NCO Guide is a forum for the host CSM (Ret.) Dan Elder and his guests to discuss topics of interest to US Army noncommissioned officers and to enhance the dialog between professionals, as well as offer advice and counsel in a no-nonsense way. Please feel free to add your own feedback here in the comments section or call our Hotline at (254) 853-4410, or use the Twitter hashtag #NCOGuide and tell us what you think.

CSM Dan Elder, USA, Retired

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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

2 thoughts on “Epi #12, Why the Specialist Rank doesn’t Work

  1. Ridhwan

    Hi Mr Dan
    I am listener from Singapore. It seems to me the pod cast for “epi-12-why-the-specialist-rank-doesnt-work/” is not working for all sources.

    1. Thanks, we have since corrected that. Episode #12 is back online.

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