Remember, this changes you from 'Snuffy' to "that Shithead Sergeant".
Your friends at E3/E4 will have to get used to you being in charge and not being "just Bob" anymore.
NCOs are the backbone of the Army - prove that you have one by making the right choices, no matter how difficult they seem.
You are about to become 'that guy' the new guys look to for guidance.
The sergeant who supervised Bradley E. Manning, the Army private accused of leaking classified material to the online site WikiLeaks, was so concerned about the soldier's mental health that he disabled Manning's weapon late last year, the private's attorney said Wednesday.
What advice would you give an E4 prepping to go to E5?
Also, it's very important you adopt the whole professionalism gig. There's a very damaging scenario that many socially immature NCOs experience from a lack of professionalism. They get into pissing matches and dick measuring confrontations and it boils down to that all important moment- the moment when you either need to man up and deal some damage, or go out like a punk in front of your soldiers. Either you knock a guy out and screw your career, or you look like big vagina in front of your men and screw your credibility as a combat leader. Either way, you loose.
So I'm making a "Best Of" word document out of this thread and posting it on our bulletin boards in the office. Basically, I'm just going to print this whole damn thread haha. Seems like 75% of the advice here isn't followed. I'll let you know if I get yelled at