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NEW YORK GUARD

DIRECTIVE
NUMBER 5110
5 MAY 07

NYSG-G1

SUBJECT: COMMAND LEADERSHIP SELECTION BOARD

References: Officers of the New York Guard may be assigned, reassigned, transferred or
detailed by regulations issued pursuant to Section 72 of the Military Law of the State of New
York.

1. Purpose. This Directive sets forth the eligibility requirements and evaluation procedures of
the Command Officer selection process for brigade, battalion and group leadership positions. It
also describes procedures for convening the Command Leadership Selection Board.

2. Application. This directive applies to all qualified active officers in good standing who meet
command evaluation criteria, have demonstrated sustained merit, and who are qualified to be
appointed to a Command position in Major Subordinate Commands (MSCs) of the New York
Guard.

a. Format and procedures established in this publication apply to all members of the New
York Guard.

b. This publication is directive in nature. These formats and procedures will be followed by
all personnel. Exceptions may be granted by the Commander, New York Guard for
extraordinary circumstances or events not prescribed by the directive.

3. Scope.

a. To establish a list of screened and approved Command candidates for the NYG.

b. To provide for the validation of expertise of nominated officers by the Command Leadership
Selection Board. Specifically, assess the candidates for:

(1) sustained merit and suitability for higher level responsibility.

2) leadership potential.

4. Basis. This publication incorporates the principle of “best” qualified and supersedes any
directives that predate this document.

5. Prerequisites.

a. Officers with the rank of Major and above may be considered for command positions in
the NYG.

b. Officers whose names are submitted must have at least 1 year active service in the NYG
with time and attendance in compliance with NYGD1305 requirements for Promotion.
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c. Officers under consideration must be a graduate of applicable professional development
courses and should have completed the Field Grade Officer course or an equivalent in the
Armed Forces of the United States.

6. Evaluation Criteria.

a. Demonstrated qualities of leadership and adaptability in executive positions.

b. Knowledge of command problems such as organization and administration.

c. Staff experience.

d. Proven potential for professional development and intellectual growth.

e. Ability to form, lead and motivate teams to perform given missions/tasks.

7. Best-Qualified Selection Board Membership.

a. The Command Leadership Selection Board is comprised of Colonels and above


appointed on orders annually by the G1. These individuals must have demonstrated
outstanding performance in challenging assignments, must collectively be representative of
various functional and specialty service areas, and have experience in a responsible leadership
position of a major subordinate command. The Board must have a quorum of five or more
members to convene and all must be a higher rank than those being considered. The three
permanent members of the board are: 1) Deputy Commander NYG (President ex-officio) 2)
NYG Chief of Staff and 3) NYG Deputy Chief of Staff. The remaining members will be selected
from the officers listed on the published orders. They will be sworn in by Board President
(based on seniority of members present).

b. The Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel and Administration (G1) will provide guidance
to the Command Leadership Selection Board by means of a Memorandum of Instructions (MOI)
which includes directions on the minimum/maximum number of individuals to be selected if
appropriate, as well as any other special descriptions or requirements needed for the positions
being filled. Special requirements refer to the fact for example that a Medical officer will be
appointed for a medical command vacancy. The G1 will review all candidate files for
compliance with this directive prior to presenting the files to the Command Leadership Selection
Board. Any files that are not in compliance by the time the Board convenes will be listed in the
MOI with the reasons why they were disqualified. Disqualified records will be on hand when the
Board meets for their review if requested. A disqualified candidate’s package may be
resubmitted when the next board convenes – a limit of three disqualifications will be imposed.
The G1 will publish an order at the beginning of each year listing the eligible NYG members who
can sit on the Command Leadership Selection Board.

c. The Board will be convened annually in September as a minimum requirement, or at the


request of the NYG Commander.

d. A non-voting Recorder to the Board may be assigned by the Chief-of-staff to record the
Board’s minutes. (See Appendix A Minutes of the Board). Recorder will also be sworn in by
Board President.

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8. Command Leadership Selection Board Process.

a. Candidates for Command Leadership positions may be selected by their commander or


they may aspire to a leadership position within the New York Guard. In either case a candidate
package must be submitted to the G1 one month prior to convening of the Command
Leadership Selection Board. All candidate packages will be accepted and pre-reviewed by G1
within 30 days of the commencement of the Command Leadership Selection Board meeting
date.

b. The candidates will NOT appear before this Board.

c. The President and Board members will review evaluation criteria and agree to a set of
standards which will be used to evaluate each file throughout the board process. The
evaluation standards must include performance, ability to lead when given mission type or
orders, initiative, innovative problem solving, demonstrated potential for command assignments,
military and civilian education, awards, military bearing: height/weight compliance. Using their
own experience, the candidate’s file and these agreed upon standards, the board members
determine as a group which attributes make this soldier “best-qualified” for selection using a
numerical rating system (low 1-high 10) or weighted scoring sheet. (see Appendix B). Once this
has been done, each file is voted on independently against the standards. Results are handed
in to the President. The President reviews the votes and the Secretary records these findings.
The ranked candidates will be listed in rank order along with their preference of the area of NY
State in which they would like to command.

d. The Secretary to the Board will transcribe the minutes within 30 days of the Board
meeting and compile the results into a Command Leadership Selection list in order of the
recorded scores. The minutes will be forwarded to the NYG Commander through the G1, copy
to the Board President.

e. If the NYG Commander approves the Command Leadership Selection Board’s


recommendations, vacant command TDA slots may then be filled. This list will be valid for one
year or until the commencement of the next Command Leadership Selection Board. The
available positions will be filled according to the ranking of the candidates who pass the board
and their requests for NY State location. Command Leadership positions will be held for a
minimum of three years and a maximum tour of five years. Upon completion of the term of
leadership, MSC Commanders will be appointed to the Senior Staff Advisory Group (SSAG).
The SSAG will assist the NYG Commander with Special Projects, drafting directives, mentoring
junior officers, training classes, etc. Battalion Commanders who have completed their term of
leadership will be eligible for Command Leadership positions in a different Battalion or as a
MSC Commander.

f. Candidates who are not appointed before list expires may be rolled over to next board
but MUST be reviewed again with new candidates. The G1 will determine if updates to these
application packages are required and this information will be included in the next G1 Command
Leadership Selection Board MOI.

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9. Components of Best-Qualified for Command File

a. Command Application Package Memorandum of Introduction signed by candidate’s


current commander. (see Appendix C) to include:

(1) Personal Information: Name, Rank, NYG ID#, Brigade/Unit, Date of Rank, Date of
Birth.
(2) Current TDA Position and duty assignment(s) include: number of solders
supervised.
(3) Height/Weight compliance (IAW NYGD 1308)
(4) Strong recommendation clearly demonstrating merit and leadership ability. Cite
specific instances and duties which illustrate suitability for command. Qualification in a specific
area, i.e. being a subject matter expert, is not necessarily a complete qualification. Using that
qualification in a subject area however may be.

b. Command Application Package Memorandum of Introduction to include Attachments as


follows:

(1) Biography (IAW NYGD 1312).


(2) A statement by the candidate that he/she is aspiring to a command leadership
position, and what area(s) in NY State he/she would accept such a position.
(3) Current OER demonstrating sustained merit (IAW NYGD 1321).
(4) Military photo (IAW NYGD 1319)(may be waived by G1).

10. APPEALS. If the recommendations of the Command Leadership Selection Board bars
command appointment of an officer, he/she may appeal directly to The Commander, New York
Guard.

11. TAG-NY Approval. Reviewed and approved by The Adjutant General – New York on ___.

FOR THE COMMANDER


MICHAEL R. VANPATTEN
Major General, New York Guard
Commander
OFFICIAL:

LAWRENCE W. BISHOP
COL, GS, NYG
COS

Enclosures
APPENDIX A Sample minutes of Command Leadership Selection Board………………... A-1
Sample endorsement to Appendix A…………………………………………... A-2
APPENDIX B Command Leadership Selection Board Rating Sheet (NYG FORM 5110).. B-1
APPENDIX C Sample Memorandum of Introduction…………………………………………. C-1

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APPENDIX A
(Sample Minutes of Command Leadership Selection Board)
HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK GUARD
330 OLD NISKAYUNA ROAD
LATHAM, NEW YORK 12110-2224
O’NEILL HALL, Camp Smith Training Site
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567-5000

NYSG-G1 (5100) date

MEMORANDUM FOR: Commander, New York Guard

SUBJECT: Minutes of Command Leadership Selection Board

1. The New York Guard Command Leadership Selection Board was convened and sworn in at
hours, on 200X at as scheduled. The following Board Members
were present.

Rank Name Organization Position


Remarks:
a. (Reference should be made if assigned President and/or Recorder was replaced by
other board members due to non-attendance.)
b. (Reference should be made to minority representation on the board.)
c. (Reference should be made as to the promotion documents.)

2. The following individual names were placed before the Command Leadership Selection
Board and achieved the following scoring results.

Rank Name Organization Score

3. The following personnel are recommended for Command Leadership Selection in the
following order:.
4. The following personnel are not recommended for promotion at this time.

5. The Board concluded at hours, Date:

6. Command Leadership Selection Board minutes of (Date) are submitted . Effective date
of appointment(s) may be the date of this endorsement or as designated by Commander,
New York Guard.

(Name)

(Rank.)
Recorder of the Board
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(Sample Endorsement to Appendix A)

NYSG-G1 (NYSG-G1/ date of board memo) 1st End date


FOR: COMMANDER NYG, Latham, NY.

1. Enclosed minutes have been checked and certified. Recommend approval.

_____________ CONCUR _____________ NONCONCUR

(Name)
(Rank & Org.)
President of the Board

NYSG-CG (NYSG-G1/ date of board memo) 2nd End date


FOR: NYSG-G1

_____________ CONCUR _____________ NONCONCUR

(Name)
Major General, NYG
Commanding

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APPENDIX B
“Sample”
COMMAND LEADERSHIP SELECTION BOARD REVIEW SHEET
NAME RANK
UNIT
DATE
SUBJECT: Rate criteria 1-10 ( Max Score FOR EACH SCORE
question 10 pts)
1. LEADERSHIP

2. MILITARY BEARING

3. OER

4. MERIT

5. SERVICE AND ATTENDANCE

6. MILITARY EDUCATION

7. TRAINING

8. OTHER (list)

BOARD MEMBER(Name or Number)___________


_______DATE________ TOTAL

NOTES:_____________________________________________________________________
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APPENDIX C
Sample Memorandum of Introduction
Use your
appropriate
Unit
________unit____________, NEW YORK GUARD Insignia
___________street______________
___city_____, NY _zip_- +4

NYSG-XXXX(5110) DATE

MEMORANDUM FOR: Commander, New York State Guard, 330 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham,
New York 12110-2224

SUBJECT: Recommendation for COMMAND APPOINTMENT

1. In accordance with established NYG Command Leadership Selection policy, New York
Guard Directive 5110, the following documents and personnel information are submitted for
Command Leadership Selection Board appointment consideration.

a. Personal Information: Name, Rank, NYG ID#, Brigade/Unit, Date of Rank, Date of Birth.

b. A statement by the candidate that he/she is aspiring to a command leadership position,


and what area(s) in NY State he/she would accept such a position.

g. Current TDA Position and duty assignment(s), Number of solders supervised

h. Height/Weight compliance (IAW NYGD 1308)

2. Narrative recommendation…..

NAME
Rank, branch, NYG
title
ENCLS
1. Biography (IAW NYGD 1312)
2. Current OER demonstrating sustained merit (IAW NYGD 1321)
3. Military photo (IAW NYGD 1319)(may be waived by G1)

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