The first and most important reason is the learning experience that being an area officer would provide. Second, is the opportunity to develop and better my leadership skills. The third and final reason why I want to be an Area 15 FFA officer, is to learn skills and knowledge that I can in turn use to help benefit my
Sustainment is defined per ADP 4-0 as the “provision of logistics, personnel services and health service support necessary to maintain operations until successful mission completion.” This is usually compared to specific battles or even a specific theater that the Army sustains for combat operations. However, a major sustainment operation, that we can all agree that it’s less than perfect, is personnel force reduction cuts. When it comes to force shaping, the Army has no clear standard in how or when to actually increase or decrease in numbers. This often happens against leader’s request and does not match our mission statement to accomplish sustainment operations or future operations.
Additionally the physical separation of SFAT battalions combined with solid performance while assigned to a different Brigade (BDE) established a separate unit identity for the “War Harks” and they distanced themselves from 4th ABCT. Although improper training, organizational construct, and manning and equipment challenges were all contributing factor, I believe the catalyst for 4th ABCT’s culture decline was the deaths of the BDE Commander COL Timmons, the BDE command sergeant major (CSM), and one of the battalion commanders’. The catastrophic loss of the 4th ABCT command team took a tremendous toll on the BDE staff and key leaders, especially the DCO, LTC (P) Tagoli. After this event LTC (P) Tagoli and several members of the staff became resentful of the mission and numb to the actions and needs of their Soldier. When COL Lanks took command he left many of the responsibilities for daily operations with the deputy brigade commander,
In the document Diary of Dr. Waldo (Document C) it shows how bad the conditions were for the soldiers. The soldiers looked like they were not ready to fight. They looked like they were not prepared to fight like other soldiers. In the document Committee of Congress at Valley Forge
FUTURE RESEARCH Warfare environments are typically associated with a high level of stress, which can cause a variety of strange behaviors. Groupthink can be connected to groups of people operating in a high stress environment (Passer & Smith, 2011, p. 650). Groupthink is “the tendency of group members to suspend critical thinking because they are striving to seek agreement” (Passer & Smith, 2011, p. 650). And although in a battle, soldiers aren’t typically seeking agreement, they will suspend their critical thinking as a group. This was seen in the My Lai massacre in Vietnam.
The nature of the enemy was changing and as there was conflicting guidance from MG Odierno to use more force and COL Rudesheim to use more non-lethal methods to combat the enemy, whoever that was. LTC Sassaman viewed COL Rudesheim as the desk jockey who did not really know what was going on in the field, and as a result of the conflict in guidance, discipline started to break down within the battalion. LTC Sassaman did not have a “how to” manual on how to combat insurgency and at the same time stand up a government. LTC Sassaman points out in the case study that the intent of the Soldiers who forced the two Iraqi’s over the bridge were not criminal. The decision by LT Saville to make these civilians jump into the Tigris River as a non-lethal threat describes the permissive attitude allowed that leads to unethical behavior in combat.
She was often accused of dodging mandatory training sessions or not putting her full effort into the program. This led to a distrust of her in all respects regarding her job and eventually how she conducted her personal life. He viewed her as being unreliable one of his hot buttons. This in turn led him to be abrasive and micromanaging which were some off her hot buttons. What began as a the highest ranking person ensuring good and order and discipline of a unit by enforcing military standards devolved into an Inspector General investigation.
Burnout and vicarious trauma are two hazards to be aware of in the counseling profession. Due to heavy workloads counselors can develop burnout due to heavy workloads and not taking adequate care of their own needs. After reading about vicarious trauma, which "refers to the cumulative effect of working with traumatized clients interference with the therapist 's feelings cognitive schemas, memories, self-esteem, and/or sense of safety" (Hernandez, Engstrom & Gangsei, 2010). I definitely understand that as a future counselor it is imperative for me to abstain from experiencing compassion fatigue, or secondary victimization. Furthermore, although I am not a counselor yet, I am a teacher that truly cares about her students who carry heavy burdens
(2015) found that “PTSD can cause substantial distress and interfere with personal and social functioning, subsequently leading to social withdrawal, anger, and aggression” (p.2). Many soldiers within and outside of the ranks are suffering from PTSD and not being treated. This is due in large part to the stigmatization of the disorder. Within the military injuries are often viewed as weakness even more so psychological ones (Feczer & Bjorklund, 2009). Many fear that seeking treatment could adversely affect their position.