20 March 2013

OPEN LETTER TO NEW JUNIOR OFFICERS FROM 1LT CLARENCE DOSSIE (MI, FORT HOOD)


Welcome to the profession of arms!

First, I would like to thank you for deciding to commission in a time of war. As a leader, much is expected of you. Here is a bit of advice from my experience that ought to help you succeed:
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You must lead from the front. Never expect a subordinate to do a task that you are not willing to do yourself.  Remember your task is to lead and serve your Soldiers while accomplishing your mission.  

The Army is changing so be prepared to change.  Remember always that you are a leader of Soldiers and you are always being evaluated whether good or bad.

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Humble yourself and learn your craft.  Your Soldiers are subject matter experts so learn from them. You shouldn’t attempt to be a subject matter expert upfront, as you’ll most certainly get caught in the weeds. Your Soldiers rely on you to lead them and set the example.  

Counsel your Platoon Sergeant. Give clear guidance of what your expectations are. Your mission has to be nested with the leaders above you (i.e. Battalion Commander, Company Commander).  This will be the mission you give to your subordinates.

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Learn from your Platoon Sergeant.  He/She has lots of experience which will be valuable for you as you develop as a leader.

Know the equipment that your are signing for.  Know exactly what’s on your hand receipt.  Know the capabilities of the equipment and how it works.  Know the different MOS’s of your Soldiers and what capabilities they bring to the fight.  Trust me, once you understand your Soldiers and your equipment you will now know your own capabilities - and your limitations.  This knowledge will lead your training plan as you prepare your platoon for war.
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If you should have any questions or concerns I can be reached at clarence.e.dossie.mil@mail.mil.  Good luck!

Very Respectfully,
Clarence Dossie
1LT, MI
BN S2
163rd MI BN, 504th BfSB


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