We are coming up for our deployment rotation and while we are deployed being late could seriously hurt us or stress our Chain of Command out because they may think one of us are lost or worse dead. Accountability in the military is huge. The military is all about being at the right place, at the right time, and in the right uniform. I was late for accountability formation and that is the most important formation of the day. I did not report so that means no one knew where I was at, even though I was safe and in my room, no one knew where I was and no one knew if I was safe or not.
War between your body and Your Country Walter Reuther is quoted as saying, “There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well.” Joining the military is a significant event of my life. The military has an effect on daily lives, from your personal to professional level.
I believe that our fighting forces need strong minded individuals who are driven and determined to always strive for the Army to stay relevant and strong. Consequently, the recruiter duty is to recruit those who are passionate with a strong desire and pride to serve the nation. A sense of pride in which does not feel like you are doing a job, but honor to be in the Army’s uniform. As a combat veteran who have deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan multiple times, I have the capability due to taught persistence, determination, organization and built stamina from past experiences, to be an admirable recruiter. Being out in combat have shown me the kind of heart within a person the Army need, the kind of fight within an individual that the army need, and the characteristics in which makes up a US Army personnel.
Among these five characteristics; military expertise, honorable service, trust, esprit de corps, and stewardship of the profession, I believe that military expertise and stewardship of the profession are the two characteristics that make a leader excel in the presence of their peers. ADRP 1 defines military expertise as, “Military expertise is the design, generation, support, and ethical application of land power, primarily in unified land operations, and all supporting capabilities essential to accomplish the mission in defense of the American people”. In order to gain trust from your subordinates for them to follow your guidance, a leader must have military expertise. Without being an expert in your field, subordinates will not trust your guidance provided unto them. ADRP 1 defines Stewardship of the Profession as, “Stewardship is the responsibility of Army professionals to ensure the profession maintains its five essential characteristics now and into the future”.
The life of a soldier is something most civilians could not truly understand. To have to put your life completely in another man’s hands, whether it be you commander or squadmate, takes great discipline and courage. Every day a soldier is in active duty, he is depending on those around him to do their job: any slip up, and he could end up dead, wounded, or captured. Danger lurks around every corner, so a soldier must be on his toes; both to save his life and the lives of others. A soldier must learn to follow orders to the letter or else he risks endangering his comrades.
Army Knowledge Management (AKM) is important to Senior Warrant Officers as our cohort continues to grow, it will continue to be even more important in the future. We as a force need to follow the principles of AKM so that we are prepared for battle and future conflicts as we currently exist in a rapidly evolving operational environment, where knowledge and information are just as critical to the success of battle as weapons and Soldiers are. Out of the twelve principles outlined in the “Army Knowledge Management Principles” paper I feel that principles four and eleven are the most important to a Senior Warrant Officer, in making a stronger and more agile force. According to the “Army Knowledge Management Principles” paper, principle four states that we should “use every interaction whether face-to-face or virtual as an opportunity to acquire and share knowledge” (p. 4).
I chose Servant Leadership for my discussion topic as it was my chosen style of leadership during my military career and the one I extend into my civilian career. I feel it is important to be a servant to your followers (staff) as they are the ones who truly carry out the tasks which accomplish the goals of your organization. Without truly understanding where your staff is mentally, sharing work and hardship with them and allowing them to see you have their best interests at heart; you will not have engaged followers (Farmer, 2010). To be an effective leader in today’s workplace, it is important to accomplish your organization’s goals on time and on budget. To do these things require effective communication through a servant leader’s actions
Character Development through Leadership The Army defines character as one’s true nature. The inherent values, virtues identity, purpose and morals a person possesses. The goal of the Army’s study is to single out and nurture personal traits so that they will have leaders with extremely high character and ethical beliefs.
My most meaningful military achievement and how it relates to my field of study and future goals. My most meaningful achievement was joining the Army, deploying in defense of our nation to Afghanistan and being recognized for the positive impact I created on my fellow soldiers, NATO Allies and Afghan nationals. I used the skills I was acquiring while attending my university to influence my unit’s operations and help those in need. A soldier duty is always to his mission and nation, still, while deployed I felt the calling in my heart to help those in need.
2. How would your supervisor describe your followership? My supervisor would describe my followership as motivating and eager to take direction. I take direction and use it as a tool to help me lead others. Most importantly, my supervisor would describe my followership as service before self because I understand that
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.
There are many shortcuts in life, but choosing something that will require some expertise will further my knowledge and lead me to become more aware of the world. Handling different cases means that I wouldn’t have to be
My experiences in the military have given me plenty of leadership (management) time, but my personality better suits me to be a contract negotiator. A manager makes a final decision which I can do, but I would rather have a person with more experience make that choice. Different actions would be gathered and then presented to management. Listening, taking notes, reading body language (due to college), compromising, and organizing our most recognized personality traits. These traits have made me interested with working through teamwork to get the mission accomplished in the safest and most efficient ways possible.