Sunday, March 4, 2012

Lessons learned....

So I have finished my time as member of the 19th Special Forces Group. I have also finished my time as an enlisted person in the United States military... I have been learning so much about what it means to be a warrior, a leader, and a person. I am going to share a few of them. These are some of the most important lessons I have learned and I will take them with me as an Officer and a gentlemen.

1. Honor, Courage, Commitment...

These are the core values of the Marine Corps. Even though I will be an Army Officer I still have them and I will use them along with the Army values. There really is no such thing as too much of a good thing...

2. Don't be in a hurry to get your people killed...

I learned this one while I was in Fallujah. My platoon commander said it to one of the team leaders in my platoon. It was echoed by a Bradley platoon leader a few years later when we were getting ready to go out into a fairly dangerous city to do some work. Both men had a ora about them. They believed in what they were doing and they had a certain confidence about them as well. I won't be the guy looking for medals or for glory.

3. Don't be a douche-bag/ a--hole/ coward/ yes man.

I have seen this a lot. Officers and SNCO's get this attitude that is toxic. The officer's get it because a majority don't have experience as an enlisted man. They have this idea that the enlisted are dumb and lazy. They forget that they (the enlisted) are the working man of the military. They are the ones kicking the doors, kicking in the doors, sitting for days in a hide. I'm sure it comes from the program that they went through to become an officer. They are taught that they are better than the enlisted man. That's probably not the point that the instructor is trying to put across but that is how it is most likely translated. I could be wrong but that is how I have experienced it.
SNCO's simply forget where they came from.

4. I am always last.

The needs of my men come first.

5. Remember where you came from.

I have been the "boot." I will always be a boot to someone. I was once the Private who knew nothing and didn't do anything right. I have spent many nights in my barracks getting sweated for said mistakes as well. I have been the team leader. I have been the NCO. I will remember where I came from.

6. Be approachable.

Have you ever watched the movie " 8 Seconds"? There is a scene where Lane Frost (Luke Perry) stops and talks to young cowboy riding a bail of hey. He gives him some pointers and tells him to keep at it. Afterwards his friends (Tuff Hedeman and Cody Lambert) ask him why he did that. He said he wasn't going to be the kind of cowboy who was rude to everyone. He would take the time to speak to everyone he could. Anyway, I am going to keep the same kind of attitude.

There are quite a few more but that is what I am willing to share right now.

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