In 1993, I joined the Army National Guard, as a Mechanic. Soon after enlistment, I realized Army life actually suited me; and, despite never having turned a wrench before, I turned out to be a pretty good mechanic. Through the years, I’ve worked hard in hopes that one day I would reach the top of the Army rank structure. Being promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class was a major accomplishment. As a senior non-commissioned officer, I felt I had arrived and was perfectly content on retiring at this rank. That is until recently, when I realized the possibility existed that I could become a First Sergeant, the highest ranked non-commissioned officer in the company.
Achieving the goal of becoming a First Sergeant will require a series of events to take place. In order to illustrate this case in a hypothetical syllogism it would be best to do so using a chain argument. On the pages that follow, I will attempt to present the reader with enough proof to enable them to conclude I will definitely be promoted to the rank of First Sergeant. In addition, I will reconstruct the full argument and examine the case for validity and soundness.
“A chain argument is a type of imperfect hypothetical syllogism since it may contain more than three propositions” (Boss, 2012, p. 248). They are arranged in a way in which one action, or lack thereof, will lead us to another. The steps to becoming a First Sergeant are provided in the following chain argument:
If I don’t complete the Army’s Senior Leaders Course my military records will not be reviewed by the promotion board.
If my records are not reviewed by the promotion board I will not be on the promotion eligibility list.
If I am not on the promotion eligibility list I will not be promoted to the rank of First Sergeant.
Therefore, if I don’t complete the Army’s Senior Leaders Course I will not be promoted to the rank of First Sergeant.
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