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DashOneBravo

(2,679 posts)
Fri Dec 9, 2022, 12:01 AM Dec 2022

Meet the next Sergeant Major of the Army

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Weimer was selected to succeed Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston, who will depart the role in August 2023.

Weimer is a career special operator, according to his official biography and details released by Hewitt.

Hewitt added that Weimer has a bachelor’s degree in strategic studies and defense analysis from Norwich University.


https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2022/12/08/meet-the-next-sergeant-major-of-the-army/
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Meet the next Sergeant Major of the Army (Original Post) DashOneBravo Dec 2022 OP
Interesting. A Norwich grad, but an enlisted man rather than an officer. rsdsharp Dec 2022 #1
Might have earned his degree while in the Army. underpants Dec 2022 #2
Yep DashOneBravo Dec 2022 #5
This message was self-deleted by its author Baked Potato Dec 2022 #3
He's talking about graduating from a military academy qazplm135 Dec 2022 #6
This message was self-deleted by its author Baked Potato Dec 2022 #7
Read his first post again qazplm135 Dec 2022 #9
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Its a senior military college qazplm135 Dec 2022 #13
This message was self-deleted by its author Baked Potato Dec 2022 #18
It's the oldest private military college in the country. rsdsharp Dec 2022 #14
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Some of the CSM have degrees DashOneBravo Dec 2022 #4
My son is a Norwich grad and GP6971 Dec 2022 #8
Curious why enlisted instead of officer qazplm135 Dec 2022 #11
He likes the GP6971 Dec 2022 #16
Indeed qazplm135 Dec 2022 #17
My uncle wanted to be Sgt. Major. Still, he had an interesting career. Enlisted at age 17, during 3Hotdogs Dec 2022 #15

underpants

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2. Might have earned his degree while in the Army.
Fri Dec 9, 2022, 12:12 AM
Dec 2022

Pretty cool to be the top enlisted soldier and only holder of a rank.

DashOneBravo

(2,679 posts)
5. Yep
Fri Dec 9, 2022, 12:24 AM
Dec 2022

That’s true.

One of my buddies had a degree and enlisted to serve in a special operations unit.

There are more enlisted positions then officers

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qazplm135

(7,450 posts)
6. He's talking about graduating from a military academy
Fri Dec 9, 2022, 12:33 AM
Dec 2022

But entering as enlisted instead of officer which is a little unusual.

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qazplm135

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13. Its a senior military college
Fri Dec 9, 2022, 12:50 AM
Dec 2022

I didn't call it a Service Academy which has a different, and very specific meaning.

So engaging in technicalities aside, the point is that the corps of cadets at the six SMCs are OG ROTC cadets and usually go officer.

Which is why the OP is surprised that he went enlisted instead upon graduation instead of officer.

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rsdsharp

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14. It's the oldest private military college in the country.
Fri Dec 9, 2022, 12:51 AM
Dec 2022

As with West Point, Annapolis, The Air Force Academy, The Citidel, Texas A&M, etc. graduates of Norwich are usually commissioned as officers in a branch of the US military. Norwich is particularly known for armor officers. I assume, without knowing, that the CSM attended after enlisting.

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DashOneBravo

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4. Some of the CSM have degrees
Fri Dec 9, 2022, 12:16 AM
Dec 2022

“ The most common degree for command sergeant majors is bachelor's degree 51% of command sergeant majors earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 29% and rounding it off is master's degree with 12%.”

https://www.zippia.com/command-sergeant-major-jobs/demographics/

I’ve never heard of Norwich.

qazplm135

(7,450 posts)
11. Curious why enlisted instead of officer
Fri Dec 9, 2022, 12:42 AM
Dec 2022

Having been both there's admittedly no comparison for me between the two so curious the thought process for someone else

GP6971

(31,692 posts)
16. He likes the
Fri Dec 9, 2022, 01:13 AM
Dec 2022

interaction with the troops. I guess that's his comfort level. His choice.

Me...I Yale ROTC 69-71. Loved being a junior officer. Hated it after I made Major.

3Hotdogs

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15. My uncle wanted to be Sgt. Major. Still, he had an interesting career. Enlisted at age 17, during
Fri Dec 9, 2022, 12:55 AM
Dec 2022

Korea war. He had my grandmother's permission. From there, he went through every enlisted rank, including master sgt.

Then he earned his G.E.D. and B.A. in engineering.

From there, he went from 2nd. Lt an retired as a lt. colonel.

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