Great news SOCOM! The SoldiersofChrist.net web domain has been renewed for 5 more years! That means we have a permanent home for the SOCOM ministry until October of 2017. Can I get an Amen!?! I’m personally thrilled about this because it has always been an issue in years past. But through it all, our Lord has always been faithful to get us renewed in a timely manner. Before now I’ve only had enough funding to renew the domain a year at a time. This will really help to free the ministry up for a while and allow us to concentrate on other aspects that I believe The Lord wants us to focus on.
A Shoutbox has now been added to the front page of the Command Center. This way people can post random thoughts, or converse with others in real time. Of course this is a double-edged sword. I have tried this in the past and ended up having to take it down due to one particular individual using it as their personal soapbox to stand on. Hopefully I won’t have to do that again and we can utilize it for what it is intended.
Recently it has been brought to my attention about the rank structure within SOCOM and the concern for how it will be effectively used. This should not be a concern to anyone, but I will do my best to explain how the promotion system works and have it posted for all to read.
PVT – SPC
These ranks are to be passed out at as we see fit. The ranks of PVT – SPC are not really “promotions” at all, but merely “advancements”. A Soldier in the SOCOM Army does not receive their first actual promotion until the rank of Corporal (for males) or Technician 5th Grade (for females).
While a SOCOM Soldier is the rank of PVT – SPC they will have very limited access to what they can do while on the Command Center. One of the great aspects to using the Spruz website is its ability to control how deep of access you allow a person to have. For example, I currently have “Super Administrator” access (level 9), CSM Cleverley has “Site Administrator” access (level 8), and SSG ArchAngel has mid-level access (level 5). This is not to say that I trust one person over the other, this is simply set up by rank level. As for the ranks of PVT through SPC, their access level will remain at level 1 until their first promotion. Upon a Soldier’s first promotion, they will be upgraded to access level 3 and so on from there.
I hope this sets some minds at ease on the seemingly “quick” advancements for some individuals in the ranks of PVT – SPC. In truth, there is virtually no difference in access level on the Command Center until an individual receives their first promotion.
Now with that said, we as leaders need to ensure we are doing our part according to the rank we hold. I need to do a better job informing you as an officer, and you need to make sure you are reaching out to those ranks below you. That is not to say you are not already doing this, I’m just reiterating what all of our jobs entail.
I recently confirmed to our Command Sergeant Major in a memo that was sent out yesterday that I believe we do have a communication problem among the ranks. This is not a quick fix by any means and can’t be resolved overnight. I am personally guilty of not communicating on a regular basis. This is something I’m personally working on and hope to change. I ask for every Soldier’s help in this matter. Communication starts with you and me. Take a moment this week and send out a greeting to a fellow Soldier on the Command Center. Just say hi. Send out a friend request if you haven’t already done so. Invite them to one of the groups on the Command Center. These are merely suggestions to help generate better communication among the ranks.
Well, until next time; Stay blessed.