May be how our competitors felt as they faced their first day of the competition. Split into two groups, the first group made their board appearance.
The board consists of four voting members and the board president, Army Reserve Careers Division’s Command Sgt. Major Patrick M. McKie, who only votes to break a tie.
Often consider the most nerve wreaking part of the competition, the board is actually a competitor‘s one opportunity to “Show-Off” and show the board what they are made of. All eyes on you and you alone, you are the board members focus. For anywhere for next twenty or more minutes board members can inspects everything from their knock on the door, your salute and reporting to the board, which is a part of drill and ceremony, and their uniform appearance. They look at your self-confidence, to include military bearing, eye contact and oral expression. Questions are asked to determine their knowledge on their military occupation specialty (MOS), military programs, leadership, warrior task and current events just to name a few.
While the board appearances are in progress, the second group prepares an essay, scored on content, organization, paragraph and mechanics, writing style, grammar and spelling. They have no idea of the topic beforehand and not allowed access to any tools such as internet access to assist before or during the allotted time.
This year’s topic was, “The reenlistment and IRR to SELRES missions are currently projected to increase during FY 14; however, the incentives are currently projected to decrease. List at least two innovative ideas you will use in FY 14 to offset these factors and successfully complete your missions.”
This competition is not easy, no matter how much you prepare, you have no idea what to expect. Besides the these events, the competitors take an Army Physical Fitness Test (AFPT),an exam and mystery events are also thrown during the competition.