DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
ENTER UNIT NAME
AFVB-XB-F 15 January 2012
SUBJECT: Initial Counseling/ Philosophy
1. The purpose of this counseling is to provide you with the information about my philosophy on leadership, standards and expectations. I have tremendous expectations of you as a Bradley Gunner in this platoon. I am confident that you will not have any difficulty implementing and accomplishing what is expected as long as we work together as a team. Always remember, there is no “I” in “TEAM”! As a leader, I owe you the opportunity to perform to the best of your abilities. By the same token, I will not do your job for you. Always do what is right not what is ...view middle of the document...
Have no doubt, that this is when teamwork and unity are most crucial. As a leader, your highest priority is safely accomplishing the mission while taking care of your soldiers and ensuring they are trained. Bear in mind, this also means, what is important to me must be important to you. Keep me informed and breast on any given situation. As leaders, we don’t be pessimistic, anyone can find a negative in any positive situation, and the key to success is to find a positive in a negative situation. A positive attitude is contagious “Attitude is everything”. Know what is expected, where we are and where we are going. As long as we put out 100% as individuals, together our success will be unlimited. As NCOs we have a duty and responsibility to our country, our unity and its mission, the soldiers we lead and ourselves to perform to the best of our abilities. When in doubt, reflect upon the duties and responsibilities discharged to you as stated in The Creed of The Noncommissioned Officer.
4. Listed below are some of my pet peeves:
DISCIPLINETHIEF OR LIAR
VIOLATING ARMY REGULATIONS, POST, BDE, BN, CO POLICES, AND SOPs.
5. The following outline my beliefs on key issues:
Soldiers are professionals and are expected to perform, endure a certain amount of hardship and overcome adversity.
Established standards can only be met or surpassed not lessened.
If you witness a wrongdoing or disrespectful act and don’t take corrective measures you have just set a new standard, and unacceptable one.
If there is any question as to what the “standard” is, find out from leadership of this platoon or me.
Never lie, cheat or steal! ALWAYS DO THE RIGHT THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bad news does not get better with time. I want to know bad news along with the good.
Tell me the way it is, not what you think I want to hear.
We all know right from wrong. Sometimes the difficult decision is doing what is right not what is convenient.
Be loyal to yourself, subordinates, peers, superiors, unit and country.
Know, support and use the chain of command. I encourage you to identify and discuss issues you may not agree with, but once the final decision is made, that is the end of it so make adjustments and continue-the-mission.
Treat others, as you would want to be treated
As leaders, we must maintain a clear separation between ourselves and those we lead, both, on and off duty. I’m not saying that you and I are better than anyone else; however, as leaders we are charged with tremendous responsibilities and are held to higher standards. To put in bluntly, “we cannot lead soldiers and act like the soldiers”. Do not be a soldier’s buddy! We cannot get away with the indiscretions that out soldiers...