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    What kinds of questions should I expect to see during my interview for an S-4 interview? Would they be specific to regulations as a supply officer or general officer questions? If anyone has been on a board or worked as an S-4 any information will be useful.

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    Re: AGR S-4 Job

    AGR or MDAY?

    Know more than a supply sergeant, learn everything about GPC and IMAP, learn CSDP, learn about CIF-ISM, find out how to run contracting (for food vendors, bus drivers, barracks, etc), regulations (AR 710-2, AR 710-2-1, AR 735-5, DA PAM 710-2-1, AR 190-11), learn about AOP (Army Oil Program), and more.

    Understand, however, that your BN Supply Sergeant is the driving force. Don't step on his toes because he has 99% most likley been a Supply Sergeant and knows how things go, even if things might be shady.

    Oh, if you havent learned already, learn how to use Powerpoint.

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    • #3
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      I have taken the BN BDE PBO and Supply course online. I appreciate the heads up. Do you know the types of questions I should expect to be asked during the interview? I was thinking the general "why do you want this job", "what makes you the best candidate" and so on so forth. What kinds of supply specific questions should I expect?

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      • #4
        Re: AGR S-4 Job

        Originally posted by rcfball69
        What kinds of supply specific questions should I expect?
        Originally posted by Mr_Loki View Post
        Know more than a supply sergeant, learn everything about GPC and IMAP, learn CSDP, learn about CIF-ISM, find out how to run contracting (for food vendors, bus drivers, barracks, etc), regulations (AR 710-2, AR 710-2-1, AR 735-5, DA PAM 710-2-1, AR 190-11), learn about AOP (Army Oil Program), and more.
        This pretty much covers the basic S4 function for a National Guard unit. Obviously some units do more and some do less. Infantry tend to not worry about barracks or food and REMF'ers tend to love catering and home drills (hotels). You definitely need to know CSDP and the regulations I gave you are the bibles (in fact, AR 710-2-1, Table B-1 is the CSDP for Unit level).

        However, AGR to MDAY is a big difference. I only want to know this answer because our MDAY S4 also had to go through an interview but it was much different. I know AGR S4s that had more in depth (depending on the unit).

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        • #5
          Re: AGR S-4 Job

          Originally posted by Mr_Loki View Post
          This pretty much covers the basic S4 function for a National Guard unit. Obviously some units do more and some do less. Infantry tend to not worry about barracks or food and REMF'ers tend to love catering and home drills (hotels). You definitely need to know CSDP and the regulations I gave you are the bibles (in fact, AR 710-2-1, Table B-1 is the CSDP for Unit level).

          However, AGR to MDAY is a big difference. I only want to know this answer because our MDAY S4 also had to go through an interview but it was much different. I know AGR S4s that had more in depth (depending on the unit).
          The job is for an AGR S-4 officer in an aviation unit. What things can I do before the board to prepare myself for the interview. This is going to be my first board.

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          • #6
            Re: AGR S-4 Job

            Hrm, an aviation BN is different and one I am not as familiar with (unlike infantry, cav, armor)

            These are common questions:

            What are FLIPLs and what chapter in what regulation covers them?

            Name some Army STAMIS systems.

            What is the use of CIF-ISM?

            Explain an operation order.

            What is CSDP?

            Explain how the National Guard purchases equipment and contract time (they can mean by PBUSE or IMAP)

            How would you order parts for the birds? (I believe it's a WHOLE different program than ordering parts for trucks...and I'm not sure what it is)

            What regulations cover supply?


            I'm sure there are more I am missing because I am not an Officer (I am, however, an AGR NCO in the BN S4 section)


            Do you have any SPECIFIC questions?

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            • #7
              Re: AGR S-4 Job

              WHat does an AGR S-4/S-4 section typically do on a daily basis?

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              • #8
                Re: AGR S-4 Job

                Bow to the BN/BDE Commander, put out fires, write OPORDS, justify purchases, fight for space (regarding equipment and such), deal with hazardous waste and the Army Oil Program, assist the Property Book Officer when he needs it, manage the FLIPL register, and other administrative daily tasks.

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                • #9
                  Re: AGR S-4 Job

                  Sounds very enjoyable. I appreciate all the advice. I plan on calling the out going S-4 and the NCOIC of the section to get there input on the job as well.

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                  • #10
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                    Yeah..........enjoyable........

                    Question. Do you have grey hairs already?

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                    • #11
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                      Ha no I don't have grey hairs. I am assuming your talking about getting the job means many gray hairs to come.

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by rcfball69 View Post
                        Ha no I don't have grey hairs. I am assuming your talking about getting the job means many gray hairs to come.
                        You betchya! It is a rewarding experience, though.

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                        • #13
                          Re: AGR S-4 Job

                          Another big piece to the S-4 is going to be tracking maintenance. This is going to include all of your spare parts, cyclic maintenance, status of ground/aircraft ect. This usually gets its own slide even.

                          The S-4 usually has a big piece for units moves for air/ground transportation, or any other support for things like AT. You may want to consider going to the UMO course.

                          I know Mr. Loki touched on it but my unit's S-4 got hammered on food service and making sure the paperwork was correct, lodging in kind, GPC cards.

                          Some questions you can ask, is how many other full time staff there are, what are their functions, what are the issues the BC or XO see. It's a cool job and probably equal to the S-3 in importance of making battalion and above units work.

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                          • #14
                            Re: AGR S-4 Job

                            Yes! The COMET inspection is a big one, especially when NGB inspects you.

                            Aviation units are different with maintenance, though. I know that in our CAB, each battalion has a maintenance technician that orders and tracks the parts. I think it's someone in the HQ Support Company, but either way, a report will go up to the S4.

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                            • #15
                              Re: AGR S-4 Job

                              Originally posted by Mr_Loki View Post
                              Yes! The COMET inspection is a big one, especially when NGB inspects you.

                              Aviation units are different with maintenance, though. I know that in our CAB, each battalion has a maintenance technician that orders and tracks the parts. I think it's someone in the HQ Support Company, but either way, a report will go up to the S4.
                              That's right. There's typically a senior Warrant Officer who acts as the UMO in Aviation Units, because after a certain time AVN WOs track a speciality and maintenance is one of them. I can't say with 100% certainty, but an S-4 in an AVN unit would "probably" be more of a pass-through on maintenance issues.

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