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Working As A First Sergeant

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $84,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A First Sergeant does

  • Served as Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Commander of a Stryker Cavalry Troop.
  • Coordinate the resolution of complex problems with appropriate base agencies.
  • Serve as the principal advisory for soldiers assigned to the company.
  • Maintain close liaisons with various base agencies to ensure availability of personnel to support the effective delivery of engineering services.
  • Conducted the Advanced Leadership (Professional Development) Program.
  • Qualified Instructor for the DoD.
  • Ensured all unit members were prepared to deploy.
  • Coach, teach and mentor junior Noncommissioned Officers and Officers.
  • Managed the safety and career development of 600+ personnel.
  • Supervised and planned morale, welfare and recreation activites for unit personnel monthly.
  • Scheduled and instructed training programs.
  • Counseled employees on fitness, career progression, and compliance with standards.
  • Promoted squadron events and functions.
  • Ensured 200 enlisted military personnel were combat ready.
  • Performed a wide variety of clerical and secretarial duties to coordinate office activities and assist the Commander in routine administrative tasks.
  • Identified problems and took corrective actions.
  • Determine unit and individual training needs.
  • Created Airmen Against Drunk Driving Council; 192 lives saved in FY15; DUI rate down 26%.
  • General supervision of 185 personnel.
  • Served 20 years in the US Army Active Duty.

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First Sergeant Career Paths

First Sergeant
Sergeant Officer
Operations Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Sergeant Team Leader Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Sergeant Team Leader Program Manager
Deputy Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Non-Commissioned Officer Team Leader Operation Supervisor
Senior Operations Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Non-Commissioned Officer Section Chief Superintendent
Operations Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Non-Commissioned Officer Technician Production Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Instructor Officer Operations Officer
Chief Of Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Officer Security Supervisor
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
Instructor Platoon Sergeant Operations Officer
Branch Chief
9 Yearsyrs
Military Science Instructor Platoon Sergeant Operations Officer
Division Chief
9 Yearsyrs
Military Science Instructor Platoon Sergeant Chief Of Operations
Chief Deputy
8 Yearsyrs
Section Chief Supervisor Logistics Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Section Chief Supervisor Training Manager
Train Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Investigator Security Manager
Security Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Lieutenant Platoon Leader
Transportation Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Procurement Agent Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Loss Prevention Officer Security Supervisor
Chief Of Security
8 Yearsyrs
Lieutenant Security Supervisor Security Director
Director Of Public Safety
10 Yearsyrs
Assembly Instructions Writer Operations Manager Operations Project Manager
Deputy Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Correction Officer Correction Lieutenant Correctional Officer Captain
Warden
6 Yearsyrs
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First Sergeant Demographics

Gender

Male

82.1%

Female

9.3%

Unknown

8.6%
Ethnicity

White

62.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

13.7%

Asian

5.8%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

German

10.6%

Korean

10.6%

Hebrew

9.1%

Russian

6.1%

Italian

6.1%

French

4.5%

Japanese

3.0%

Carrier

3.0%

Arabic

3.0%

Chinese

1.5%

Persian

1.5%

Ilocano

1.5%

Cherokee

1.5%

Dakota

1.5%

Dari

1.5%

Tagalog

1.5%
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First Sergeant Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

13.8%

Central Texas College

13.5%

University of Phoenix

9.5%

Excelsior College

8.7%

Troy University

6.3%

Columbia Southern University

6.1%

Trident University International

5.1%

Webster University

4.9%

Grantham University

4.1%

Liberty University

3.6%

Ashford University

3.3%

Wayland Baptist University

3.2%

The Academy

2.9%

Park University

2.8%

University of Maryland - University College

2.7%

American University

2.5%

Colorado Technical University

2.4%

Saint Leo University

1.7%

Grand Canyon University

1.6%

Strayer University

1.4%
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Majors

Business

31.0%

Criminal Justice

11.7%

Human Resources Management

10.8%

General Studies

8.2%

Management

8.2%

Liberal Arts

3.7%

Education

3.3%

Homeland Security

2.6%

Information Technology

2.3%

Computer Science

2.1%

Aviation

1.9%

Supply Chain Management

1.9%

Project Management

1.7%

Health Care Administration

1.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.6%

Psychology

1.5%

Kinesiology

1.5%

Automotive Technology

1.5%

Public Administration

1.5%

Educational Leadership

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.8%

Masters

20.4%

Other

19.1%

Associate

17.3%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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Top Skills for A First Sergeant

  1. Personnel Files
  2. Commander
  3. Principal Advisor
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  • Reviewed personnel files, updated training records, recorded personnel actions and supervised the disciplinary actions process.
  • Advised the Squadron Rear Detachment Commander on administrative actions processing.
  • Serve as the principal advisory for soldiers assigned to the company.
  • Supervised input and conducted quality control of various national-level intelligence databases supporting theater and national-level planning and combat operations.
  • Managed organization strength changes and ensured accuracy in resolving differences between the Personnel Accountability Report and the Human Resource Authorization Report.

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