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You are a Command Sergeant Major, together we are Command Sergeants Major

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I got a frantic text from a former soldier who is working for the Army and her boss, an Army Veteran, directed that she was to brief a senior sergeant major and he was demanding that she address him as “command sergeants major.” She was contacting me to make sure she wasn’t crazy and she didn’t even want to try to call the CSM by the wrong ranks, so she was looking for help. After a bit I was able to give her the leverage to win the argument and teach her boss a bit about English and the correct terms.

I get to see a lot of profiles and personal self proclaimed titles in the websites and forums I facilitate and you might be surprised at how many E-9 who do not properly use those terms. I am not attempting to be the word police but as professionals we should at least know how to differentiate between the two. Linkedin is fast becoming the most widely used tool for professional networking and if you don’t take the time to ensure your profile is current and up-to-date, when it comes time in your career that networking matters it may be too late.

Not saying I wouldn’t hire someone who got those distinctions wrong, only suggesting we all take a look at our profiles and make sure we work at using proper tense and terminology, that’s all.

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Dan is a leadership coach, management consultant, and change agent who has mentored hundreds of leaders at all levels. A retired Command Sergeant Major with more than 26-years serving soldiers and their families, he has deployments to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq. Dan's culminating assignment was as the senior enlisted advisor of a major Army Command (USAMC) and as the Army's senior enlisted sustainer. He served on the Sergeant Major of the Army's Board of Directors and is author, editor or advisor to a number of soldier-related books and articles. Working as an independent consultant and small-business owner in Killeen TX, Dan continues to serve soldiers as a Blogger, Podcaster and Speaker. He was selected as the first enlisted Senior Fellow for the Association of the United States Army and was inducted to the US Army Sergeants Major Academy Wall of Fame, and the US Army Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame

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  1. Kevin

    Its funny that you mention LinkedIn. I don’t typically use it very much and quickly setup a profile for myself and boy did I spell a ton wrong. I also didn’t have my title listed correctly. So many people could see that and I agree that we need to keep things looking professional. Great Post Dan!

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