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Year 3 (in progress)

Thus far (as of July 30th, 2021):

  • I was nominated to compete for a slot in Best Ranger 2021, but was later found to be ineligible to represent SFAB because I had not completed the Combat Advisor Training Course (CATC).
  • I was nominated to compete for Best Warrior 2021 at a Battalion level, but was later informed the competition wasn’t to be held for junior enlisted. This turned out to be false, but I wasn’t able to compete nonetheless.
  • I scored 590 on my first official ACFT. I haven’t completed an APFT for record since 2020, so my previous 300 score remains.
  • I scored 38/40 for my M4 weapons qualification, earning the Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge for Carbine. Our M4s were equipped with ACOGs.
  • I scored 28/30 for my M17 weapons qualification, earning the Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge for Pistol.
  • I have completed a total of four drills with SFAB. These drills last a full week rather than only a weekend.
Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) shoulder patch and insignia


  • Position: Intelligence Advisor
  • Unit: 54th Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB)
  • Rank: Specialist
  • Grade: E4
  • Primary MOS: 11B10V
  • Secondary MOS: none
  • Years of service: 2.5
  • Deployments: 0
  • Service stripes: 0
  • Overseas service bars: 0
  • Awards: 1x Army Achievement Medal, 1x Army Certificate of Achievement
  • Decorations: none
  • Service ribbons: Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Ribbon
  • Medals: Army Achievement Medal
  • Combat badges: none
  • Skill badges: Parachutist badge
  • Marksmanship badges: Expert (Carbine, Pistol)
  • Identification badges: none
  • Tabs: Ranger tab
  • APFT: 300
  • ACFT: 590
  • AITs complete: 1
  • Schools: Basic training, AIT, RTLI, RTAC, Ranger school, Airborne school, Light Leaders course




This is a publication meant to document my experience and career growth in the United States armed forces.

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