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These Soldiers don’t have what it takes!

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“These new recruits, they don’t have what it takes, they are too soft.” Sound familiar? I’m sure my Drill Sergeant said something similar about my generation. It is a comment that tends to be transmitted from generation to generation of military leaders. However, I do not believe the statement carries any real weight.

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Leaders don't just sprout up, they are grown from the leaders that came before them.

You see, as a nation we grow professional Soldiers and leaders who win. The only factors that limit our success on the battlefield are political policies that prevent absolute victory on and off the battlefield. When two nations leave the table of negotiation and go to war there can only be one successful outcome–and that is absolute victory. Anything less establishes a foundation that ensures future conflict, but that’s another article.

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Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training.

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  • Part-Time-Commander


    I’ve always believed that Soldiers are a reflection of their leader. A good leader can transform bad Soldiers into superstar Soldiers and a bad leader can turn good Soldiers into problem Soldiers.

    If your unit or Soldiers aren’t performing at a high level, and you are the senior person in charge, it’s up to you to do something about it. As Mark says, “look yourself in the mirror” and make it happen.

    Just my two cents.

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