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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

FEMALE SOLDIERS NOW VERSUS 5 TO 10 YEARS AGO, ARE THEY BETTER OR GETTING WORSE?

I am watching the females in todays Army and you have to step outside yourself to get them to realize that this is not a game, I am not your mother nor your father, this is your job and you will do it, you are not here for a beauty pageant or a friend contest. You are in the Army and it requires you to use your brain, your hands and yes you will sweat and get dirty.
I remember when my NCO’s would tell me “Soldier if you don’t get a move on I will put my foot in your back”, that meant I would be doing push-ups and their foot would be resting on my back. I remember the saying that I would be pushing my way to China, that meant I would be doing push ups until I couldn’t do no more. This caused me to get the job done and I took pride in it. My NCO could call me in and raise his/her voice at me and give me that verbal counseling to get me back on track without having to do all that paperwork. I understood what was needed and when I left the office we had an understanding that they were in charge and I needed to do what was expected of me.
I am a Female soldier and I respected my NCO’s and my peers. I made sure I stood in the proper position even if we were friends off duty. I was where I needed to be even if I didn’t like the person I worked for because I was doing what needed to be done to either pass them or leave the unit. I talked with respect and I left my neck rolling for the club. 
When I became an NCO I carried myself as one. I kept my weight, my hair, my uniform, personal life and my attitude in accordance with the regulations and standards set by the Military. I did what I knew was right and didn’t worry about the people around me. When I made it in the NCO Corp I represented the CORP with Dignity and Pride, I gave the younger female soldiers someone to look up to. I didn’t get mine and then say let them get theirs, I showed them what it took. I will fill sandbags, pick up trash, sweep sidewalks, raise and lower the American flag, drop with my soldiers and take a chewing when they are wrong. But I am an Old Female Soldier from the Old CORP. Tell me what you think of the new female soldiers being built from the new CORP!
When you come to the end of this post I either want you to be motivated to tell me how it really is (meaning tell me that what I see is wrong), or explain to me what you feel has went wrong. I wrote this blog to get females and males to start expressing what they really feel, so don't let what my blog say stop you from expressing what you feel. We can only get better when we know where things are wrong. Take a moment and tell me how this post affect you.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

IS IT REALLY YOUR LEADERSHIPS FAULT!

I work in an area where I see soldiers being chaptered out of the military on a daily in record numbers. When I take a moment to ask them what happened they always blame it on a lack of leadership.  Now I know that you have soldiers being promoted before their time and they may not be properly trained to handle a troubled soldier, but should the NCO be blamed for your continued mess-ups.
I have watched units give soldiers chance and chance again to get it right and they still do wrong. Do these soldiers realize that when you are a constant focus to the leadership, other soldiers are left untrained and un-supervised. Once you raise your right hand and join the military you take an adult step and say train me to be all I can be. 
Don’t expect your Chain of Command to be able to do what your parents were unable to do and that is make you respect yourself. It takes a inner want for you to do that. 
I will not say all NCO’s are great leaders but I will say that until these young and new soldiers take responsibility and the corrections for their actions they will never make it in the military. 
It’s your life and your career so take responsibility for IT and stop expecting others to do it for you!!