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What Americans Can Learn From The Military

What Americans Can Learn From The Military

In the military (with my experience being 20 years in the Army), units/organizations have a high turnover rate in personnel.  Typically, soldiers are moved every 2 to 3 years.  That’s across the board from the lowliest Private to the highest Commander.  This means frequent changes in leadership.  New leadership can mean a new vision, rules, regulations, policies, etc…  It usually causes a certain amount of anxiety within the organization once you find our you’re getting a new squad leader, team leader, team sergeant, commander, etc…  Military members have to deal with this quite a bit throughout their careers and adapt to change.

The mission of the military doesn’t stop.  The overarching goals and directives stay in effect throughout these leadership changes.  Sometimes you’re dealt a good hand and you get a great leader, other times not so much.  Either way, you must continue the mission.  It may not be exactly the way you like it, but that’s mostly out of your control.  In the end, the work has to be done and the objectives completed.  Sometimes you’re told you have to do things you don’t like.  You do so understanding that’s part of the deal.

Even as a leader you may have to do things or make those in your charge do things you don’t necessarily agree with, but you do the best you can.  You do whatever it takes to get by and make sure everyone gets home safely to their family or their loved ones at the end of the day.  There’s always a higher purpose.  You work together to achieve your objectives regardless of race, religion or political views.  Verbal jabs are thrown here and there you may or may not agree with, but you get over it and get the job done.  Just the same as in a firefight, the most important thing is the soldier to your left and right.

What could America learn from the military?  Sometimes the person in charge may not be who you want and you may not agree with how they go about things.  You still have a mission to accomplish and a higher cause to achieve.  As a leader, you will need to mitigate any negative effects on your subordinates.  You have to conduct your daily business despite your feelings and emotions.  We do it often in the military and I’d like to think we do it well.

So, America continue mission.  Continue taking care of your families and going to work.  Supporting your communities and handling things at your level.  If something from the highest levels is going to affect you, you find a way to deal with it and drive on.  If it’s serious enough, you use the proper channels to “file” a complaint in a professional manner.  In the meantime, don’t let one person control your life.  Show yourself and show others that you can weather any storm and you’ll get the job done and take care of your responsibilities no matter what.