With numerous board appearances under his belt, Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Miller set himself apart from his peers by earning the runner-up honors for the 2009 Secretary of the Army, Army Reserve Career Counselor of the Year competition.
Sgt. 1st Class Miller, of Region 2 in Pennsylvania, had previously competed in over 10 boards over the course of his Army career, although he says they were not of this caliber. “I competed in 14 different boards during my Active Duty years,” he said, “but never on the level of this board.”
Sgt. 1st Class Miller cited his perseverance in physical fitness as his main focus for this competition. He trained six days a week for the past six months and it showed during the APFT event. He also spent countless hours studying Army Regulations, Field Manuals, reenlistment policies and RMS (Retention Management Software) to prepare for this contest. “I studied for about 1-3 hours a day for the past four months,” he added.
“I’ve been very consistent over the past seven years as an ARCC,” answered Sgt. 1st Class Miller when asked why he would be the best candidate to win the Career Counselor of the Year Board. “I’m not just about the numbers,” he continued. “My stick rate is always high and I have more experience than the other candidates.”
The knowledge gained throughout his various board competitions has allowed Sgt. 1st Class Miller some insight to how these proceedings work and offer advice to his fellow Career Counselors. “Be prepared, do mock boards and maintain your physical fitness.”
Congratulations to Sgt. 1st Class Miller on earning the title as Runner-Up for the 2009 Secretary of the Army, Army Reserve Career Counselor of the Year competition.