We asked our readers what Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey should put at the top of his priority list when he becomes the next sergeant major of the Army in January.
Some of the responses are clearly not within the scope of CSM Dailey’s authority when he assumes his duty as SMA. In fact, he really hasn’t any authority, but is generally the point man on certain issues, particularly AR 670-1. The changes to the tattoo policy in the lastest 670-1 are extraordinarly unpopular. As a general rule of thumb, I would like to see fewer tats on troops. But I’m not the SMA. And I know that a great number of troops today feel very strongly about the issue, with many using tattoos as memorials to their fallen comrades. And if it doesn’t show when in the ASU, why freak out about it?
In the “also ran” suggestions, I got a chuckle out of these two, both of which are actually pretty good ideas:
■ Burn all the PT belts.
■ Free PT belts for everybody.