Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Officer Professional Development: Why don’t we do it?

By Maj. John Lowe
J37 Joint Training Officer, Joint Forces Headquarters
December 20, 2011

During my deployment to Iraq as a battalion executive officer I held weekly officer professional development (OPD) sessions with the company executive officers. During the deployment all the subordinates units were active duty except for a USAR company.

What I found was that both components were just as bad as the National Guard when it came to making OPD part of the training schedule and then actually executing well thought-out, meaningful OPD. I also found that these young officers were truly hungry for mentoring and OPD that would help them in their current assignment and beyond. But more importantly I found them all groping for some way to become better men and women.