23 March 2013

MORE INSIGHTS FOR SOON-TO-BE JUNIOR OFFICERS, FROM RALLYPOINT MEMBERS CURRENTLY WEARING THOSE BOOTS

We hope you are enjoying our Thought Leaders blogs, which now focus on advice from junior officers to pre-commission cadets who will soon enter the force! Here are a few more:

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From 1LT Zachary Lewis, US Army:
The greatest challenge for newly commissioned Officers is balancing the authority and responsibility of the position with the fact that most of the Soldiers that they will be charged with leading are much more experienced and knowledgeable. 
My advice is to report to your new unit with an attentive attitude and a quiet demeanor.  Take some time to learn about how the unit operates, the personalities of your various Soldiers, and how you can add value to the team.  I’ve seen many new Lieutenants get this wrong by showing up overly eager to prove themselves.  Their intentions are good, but they are quickly discredited as the “know-it-all” Lieutenant by their new Soldiers.  Pick and choose your spots, especially early on in your tenure, and your Soldiers will be more likely to respect you and listen to what you say.

From 1LT Joseph Raines, US Army:
I would have to say get to know the paperwork that is behind everything you do in the military. Keep a binder with tabs for everything in the military from certificates, 1059s, counseling statements…. everything!
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