Dashan Briggs, a National Guard aviator from Port Jefferson Station who was killed last week in a helicopter crash in Iraq along with three other members of the 106th Air Rescue Wing, has been posthumously promoted to the rank of technical sergeant, according to a Guard spokesman in Albany.
The employment outlook for post-9/11 veterans is brighter than it has been in some time. Not only do those veterans now have lower unemployment than any time in the last eight years, but their income and prospects for promotion are collectively improving, though just as for many other Americans, veterans’ desire to work full-time is not always matched by the needs of the job market.
I was privileged in my 23-year Army career to work directly with four very successful general officers. The lessons I learned from them can be applied to both military and civilian leadership at every level and I promised my peers that one day I would write down what I saw.
Since 1947, the U.S. military has relied on a system called “up or out” in managing its personnel. While the severity with which it has been applied has swung, pendulum-like, as the nation has repeatedly built up and drawn down the military, the basic idea has remained the same: Get promoted to the next rank within a certain timeframe or be separated from the service.