My National Guard unit sucks because the First Sergeant sucks. Here's why: When I first joined the unit 18 months ago, the first sergeant was the readiness NCO (in charge of unit manning, etc) and that is a full time (AGR) job. A Sergeant Major in the battalion retired and the old first sergeant was next in line for promotion. Great for him as it was much deserved. So the next in line for promotion to be the first sergeant was my unit's readiness NCO. He was the acting first sergeant for a time until the orders came down from the state. Bottom line is the guy is a great paper pushing office worker, but couldn't lead soldiers down a straight line. This past September, my entire brigade gets called to Louisiana in support of hurricane relief efforts. The commander or first sergeant never fought for us at all. Many of the deployed soldiers were staying in an old JC Penny store a the local mall (in a/c), while we baked in a tent down the road in 100 degree heat. We could have had it, but the commander never spoke up. When Hurricane Rita moved in, we were still in said tent. Why didn't we move to shelter? The first sergeant said he had to wait for word from brigade before we could move. Why wasn't he hearing from brigade? They were taking shelter from the hurricane. How could you fault a command for looking out for the best interest of their soldiers? I guess the bottom line is when I joined the unit 18 months ago, I was promised an E5 slot upon me completing reclass training. I completed training and my slot was given to somebody else. Since then, I've been passed over for two other soldiers because of a disagreement over me. I was sent back from Primary Leadership Development Training due to an injury. At the time I was on ADSW orders, working in my MOS, with another unit. The first sergeant tried to tell the lieutenant I was working for how my rehab and physical training should be handled. The lieutenant didn't take kindly to that and got the battalion CSM involved. I'm sure that didn't turn out well for my first sergeant. I've been paying for this ever since. I want to re-enlist. I like the Army and the PA National Guard. I have no problem doing another 6 years for the benefits (bonus, 100% tuition assistance, etc). My current unit is only 20 minutes from my house and I'd like to stay, but I can't if I keep getting passed up for promotion. Should I bring my concerns up to somebody or just find a new unit? I'd be happy to answer and questions and/or listen to comments. I'll check back frequently.