CW2 Barry D. Long
Human Resources, Systems Automation, Intel Officer (S1/S2)
J9 - Soldier and Family Services Directorate
The Chief of Staff of the Army calls us professionals. This profession at arms is, to us, merely what we do, but we are more than warriors, and certainly more than what we seem to be. The average Soldier today is more educated, better trained, and more physically fit than any civilian in a similar field.
The best way to maintain that advantage is to mentor, evaluate, train, educate, and lead our troops in a more professional manner than our civilian “professional” counterparts. As leaders, telling our Soldiers to take advantage of our benefits and educational assistance, giving them “off-the-shelf” training, and arranging unit PT (Physical Training) programs, does not do justice to our Soldiers, nor does it exemplify our ideals.
Ask yourself a few questions as a leader:
1. Do I truly know the Army Values? What do they mean? Do I live by them daily? Can my Soldiers and leaders see my true self? Do I set a good example?2. Do I know the Soldier’s Creed? Does it mean anything to me? Am I the “Soldier” mentioned in the creed?3. Is my career most important, or is my career a product of the Soldiers and leaders around me?4. Do my Soldiers truly profit from my leadership? Who does? What do they see in me?5. Do I tell my bosses and my subordinates what I truly think? Is my opinion valuable?6. Am I growing in the service? Am I worthy of all of those who have gone before?