Preparing for the board



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BOARD ADVICE

First, understand that this advice is opinion.


PREPARING FOR THE BOARD:

You should, at very least, be able to answer all of the questions on the following pages, and be extremely familiar with the references in the SAMC Fort Gordon Chapter Study Guide.


Use regulations, field manuals, and soldier training publications as your primary references for the subject areas. Many regulations have changed over the past 10 years so there are errors or outdated information in almost every study guide. Bottom line--don't spend $29.00 for something that is there for free. Additionally, you will find that some members of the board frown on the use of study manuals as your primary source, (Even if some of them pull their questions from them). I recommend that you personally visit each family/soldier support agency (AER, ACS, Chaplain, BOSS, EFMP, etc.) on your installation. You will probably find that you are not the first person preparing for the SAMC board to come to them asking for an overview of the installation-specific operations. This will give you the exact location and procedures for the specific offices, as well as points of contact and phone numbers. Put them in your leader book.
APPEARING BEFORE THE BOARD:
You should be prepared to explain:


  • Why you feel you should be inducted into the SAMC?

  • Why you want to become a member of the SAMC?

  • What you feel you will contribute to the organization?

  • What qualities of yours are similar to those of Audie Murphy?

  • You should be prepared to give a brief background of yourself and you may consider covering the following:

  • Your family

  • Military Service-assignments, duty positions, education, achievements (Don't be shy, they have this information available to them, but it also gives them an opportunity to check out your ability to express yourself--lack of confidence kills, but arrogance destroys, so find the middle ground)

  • Civilian Education

  • Community Service

  • Short and Long Term Goals

Be prepared to answer situational questions. Understand that these questions are meant to be honored honestly about how you will handle the situation. But also be prepared to explain what regulations or polices support the plan of action you would impose. Here are some examples.




  • Why do you feel we (our installation) get so many DUIs?

  • What would you recommend we do to reduce the number of DUIs?

  • You have a SSG assigned as your subordinate. He and his wife are out at a local recreation area fishing, and he has been drinking alcohol. On the way home, he gets stopped and gets a DUI. He has been a stellar performer and takes excellent care of his soldiers. You are now making your recommendation to your BN CDR on your recommendation for punishment under the UCMJ. What is your recommendation?

  • Now, this same SSG and his wife have been fishing. He has been drinking alcohol, but she has not. She is the designated driver. However, she gets bitten by a poisonous snake. He gets a DUI while rushing her to the hospital. What would your recommendation be now?

You should be prepared to recite the Sergeant Audie Murphy Bio (verbatim), NCO Creed, Soldier Creed, , and sing the ARMY Song.


You should also be prepared to conduct several hands on evaluations prior to and during the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Selection Boards. The SAMC final selection board will be consist of five components including (1) board recommendation packet submission, (2) APFT, (3) weigh in, (4) performance test and (5) a formal board appearance. Candidates have to pass each section in order to advance to next evaluation.
You must be able to BE, KNOW and DO the very things you have been questioned about and answered successfully during your previous Sergeant Audie Murphy Club nomination Boards.
On the following pages you will find helpful study information. Do not limit your areas of study to these areas. This is a starting point. One of your most valuable resources will be your peers. So again, participate in study groups to keep each other motivated and seek advice from current members about their board experience. Not all boards are the same but it will at least give you a foundation to begin with.

You need to know...



  • Audie of biography complete

  • The history of the SAMC

  • How to describe the crest and what everything on it represents

  • Why you want to be inducted into the club

  • Why you should be inducted into the club

  • What traits you share with Audie Murphy

  • What you have done recently to separate yourself from your peers

  • The NCO Creed

  • The NCO Charge

  • The NCO Vision

  • The proper name for everything on your uniform and the proper placement of those items.

  • The number of former Sergeants Major of the Army, their names, and which ones have passed away

AUDIE MURPHY BIOGRAPHY
Audie Leon Murphy was a legend in his own time: A war hero, movie actor, writer of country and western songs, and poet. His biography read more like fiction than fact. He lived only 46 years, but made a lasting impression on American history.
Audie was born on a sharecropper’s farm in North Texas on June 20, 1924. As a boy, he chopped cotton for one dollar a day and was noted for his feats of derring-do and his accuracy with a gun. He had only 5 years of schooling and was orphaned at age 16. After being refused enlistment during World War II in both the Marines and Paratroopers for being too small (5’5") and underweight (110 lbs.), he enlisted in the U.S. Army a few days after his 18th birthday. After basic training at Camp Wolters, Texas, and advanced training at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, Audie was sent overseas. He was assigned to the famous 15th Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Infantry Division where he fought in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany. He earned a battlefield commission for his courage and leadership ability, as well as, citations and decorations including every medal for valor that America gives. He was also awarded one Belgian and three French medals.
Lieutenant Audie Murphy is the highest decorated soldier in American history. Discharged from the Army on September 21, 1945, Audie went to Hollywood at the invitation of movie star James Cagney. He remained in California for the rest of his life and was closely associated with the movie industry, both as an actor and a producer. He acted in 44 films starring in 39 of them. His best known film is "To Hell and Back", adapted from the bestselling book of his war experiences by the same name. Most of his movies were westerns. In 1955, Audie Murphy was voted the Most Popular Western Actor in America by the Motion Picture Exhibitors. Audie wrote the lyrics to 16 country and western songs, the most popular of which “Shutters and Boards”, was written with Scott Turner in 1962. The song was recorded by over 30 pop singers, including Jerry Wallace, Dean Martin, and Porter Waggoner. He was an accomplished poet; unfortunately, only a few of his poems have survived. In 1950 Audie joined the 36th Infantry Division ("T-Patchers") of the Texas National Guard and served with it until 1966. He was a Mason and a Shriner and belonged to several veterans’ organizations. Audie Murphy was killed in a plane crash on a mountain top near Roanoke, Virginia on May 28, 1971. Fittingly, his body was recovered 2 days later on Memorial Day.

The History of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club

The original club was started at Fort Hood, Texas early in 1986. There were several key people at Fort Hood - officer, enlisted, civil service, and a Killeen civilian - who were instrumental in getting this club up and running.

Leading the effort was Lieutenant General Crosbie Saint, then the III Corps commander; his Command Sergeant Major George L. Horvath; III Corps Awards Clerk Jean Crisp, who is now Test and Experimentation Command (TEXCOM) awards clerk, and Don Moore, a Killeen artist who assisted with designing the logo and club awards.

In 1991, then III Corps Commander Lieutenant General Pete Taylor and Command Sergeant Major Richard B. Cayton expanded the Fort Hood installation club to include all of III Corps. This included Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Polk, Louisiana; and Fort Carson, Colorado.

In 1993, CSM Cayton was voted into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club by the membership and then became the Forces Command Sergeant Major. Soon thereafter, the club became Forces-Command (FORSCOM) wide, including the Reserves and National Guard.

In 1994 at a Sergeant Major of the Army conference, the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club spread Army-wide, to all commands with installations retaining the selection process for their own NCOs. In 1998, it was estimated that the club membership was over 3000 soldiers and was steadily increasing.


The Crest

The crest was designed by one of the original organizers of the club, Mr. Don Moore, Illustrator of Killeen, Texas. The crest depicts the symbols of the majestic American Bald Eagle superimposed over the olive branch-wreath, saber, and lightning bolt. In front of the eagle are the U.S. Army staff sergeant stripes. The eagle firmly clutches in both claws a powder-blue banner, the color of the infantry. On the banner are displayed words Loyalty, Caring, Discipline, and Professionalism.


The Motto

"You lead from the front."

... Audie Murphy

The Medallion

When a soldier is inducted into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, he/she is given the medallion above which is approximately 2 inches in diameter. The medallion is suspended by a broad powder-blue ribbon representing the traditional color of the infantry. The medallion is worn around the neck on the outside of the Class A or Dress Blue uniform for official functions such as military balls or Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meetings. The image above is a drawing of the front view of the medallion. The image below is the back view. The actual medallion is silver in color.






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