As Cadet Summer Training draws to a close, I would like to personally thank all the team members that had a part in the planning and execution of the Army Reserve’s largest CONUS training event. This mission would not be successful without each and every one of you. Our Drill Sergeants and Trainers are true professionals and represent the Army Reserve in the finest manner. The impression you left with those young cadets will help shape these future Officer leaders.
I know that was a professional, well disciplined and well trained Non Commissioned Officer representing the entire NCO Corps. Our intention is to shape these young Officers into lethal, fighting machines.
We can’t lose focus on training for the next mission just because annual training is over. It is imperative that we continue to challenge our Soldiers both physically and mentally. This means tough, realistic training at Battle Assemblies. It means training schedules that are planned out to improve Soldier’s readiness capabilities and lethality. We (the NCO Corps) must shape the future of our Army. What do you want that to look like for your children and grandchildren? It falls on us and all of you play an important role. Our Officers depend on us and we need to take ownership of training and readiness. This is our lane.
I would like to take this opportunity to talk about awards. I ask all of you to take the time to recognize our Soldiers and Civilians that are doing good things for our organization and the Army. I see so many Soldiers leaving our formations with not even a thank you. There is no reason why a Soldier or Civilian should retire without receiving some type of award. These individuals have sacrificed at least 20 years of their lives in order to serve something bigger than themselves. As a leader or supervisor, take a short amount of your time to recognize them. This will have a lasting impact with them and their Families. Remember, they are also our biggest recruiters. If we take the time to treat our team members’ right, it will come back to us in the future. Utilize AR 600-8-2 to help you with writing that award.
In closing, keep your work environment positive, remain humble and treat everyone with dignity and respect. Soldiers deserve honesty, let’s give it to them. Communication still remains our biggest challenge. Get the word down to the lowest of levels to prevent unnecessary complaints. Utilize your chain of command. If that fails, utilize the next option. In saying that, I am not talking about not getting the answer you may want, I am talking about getting the right answer according to doctrine, regulation or leader’s decisions. Leaders have to make decisions that don’t always go your way. However, they need to be legally, morally and ethically correct. Thank you for what you do on a daily basis and the sacrifice that you continue to make. You can make a difference. I’m looking forward to seeing you in the future.