Master Gunnery Sergeant

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  • American Soldier In Military Culture

    time, education, health, and most importantly family. To someone from the outside looking in, this culture is not something they would want to spend the next 20 years of their lives living. To those living it, it is their way of life, and they love it. The average Soldier is in the Rank of Specialist (E4), 22 years old with about four years of service. He or she is typically married and, at least, one child. This is the point where they will have to decide to either take the next step and re-enlist; or, re-enter the back into the civilian world. For them, this is a huge decision at this point in their lives. They have spent the last quarter of a decade constantly being yelled at by their Drill Sergeants, First Line Leaders (Team Leaders and Squad Leaders), First Sergeants and everyone else within the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Corps. However, they have also learned things that no one else on the other side will ever get to learn or experience. In Basic Training, these Specialists were called Privates. The lowest of the low. So low the Army doesn’t even give you a rank identifier. They had their heads shaved. They marched everywhere. Two glasses of juice close to your chest was the rule in the Dining Facility; and, don’t even think about touching that cake! Forced to live in a bay with 30-40 others for about nine weeks, you got to know the guy to the left and right very well. The inner city met backwoods country. The rich met the poor. No matter where you…

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  • Urinalysis Roster: An Ethical Dilemma

    night before. While at home with my daughter, I was using this time to pack my house in preparation for my family’s pending move at the end of the month. While going through papers I decided to have a beer not thinking that I would be called into work for any reason. Approximately 1130 I received a phone call from Master Gunnery Sergeant Hernandez informing me that my name was on the Urinalysis Roster. I informed the Master Gunnery Sergeant Hernandez that I had my daughter with me and didn’t…

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  • Essay On Toxic Leadership

    they were doing was lazy leadership. Directing style of leadership works great in situations like basic training. There is a time and place for that style of leadership but every day is not when it should surface (FM 22-100, 1999). I believe education and intervention are essential to counter toxic leadership. It is the responsibility of everyone senior or equivalent to any individual displaying this type of leadership. Many times I have intervened when I could, and it was never convenient or…

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  • The Importance Of Counseling In The Army

    his office, we spoke for over an hour about leadership, professionalism, and standards of conduct. In the Army, formal counseling is supposed to happen at set intervals; but, this rarely occurs once you become a Non-Commissioned Officer, or Sergeant. This was the first bit of one on one professional development that I had received in years. It was an important event. Additionally, it set the tone for the unit I was entering and let me know my limits. Furthermore, the counseling gave me a set of…

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  • Unified Land Operation, Warfighting Functions And Operation System

    accomplish specific mission. A strong working relationship between the commander and sergeant major is critical because it is the key driving elements of the unit and a powerful force multiplier in accomplishing mission. The sergeant major must be able to assist and advise the commander effectively to harness this partnership and develop mutual trust and respect. Advisor to the Commander In the recent dialogue by Lieutenant General Sean McFarland, Commanding General of III Corps, he mentioned…

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  • Freshman Year Essay

    soldier, bought my parents a car, gave my mother legal documentation in the United States after twenty-one years in this country, and continuing my education to become a professional in the future. It has never been easy but I was able to push through all the obstacles put in my way to accomplish every goal I’ve set for myself. Life is a never ending game. I have to insure that I take the challenge on correctly and hope to only improve with every move. I’m sure I will with all the amazing…

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  • Narrative Essay On Master Mgt Sherrod

    At some point in everyone’s life, someone or something stands out to them in a way that nothing else does. It could be an individual or an event that stands out to them in a positive or even a negative way. For me however, it was a person named Master Sergeant James Sherrod. I encountered MSgt Sherrod at work and he impacted me in a way that would shape my whole future and military career. I didn’t know it at the time, but he was a blessing in my life, especially when I didn’t want to believe…

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  • Mr. Gillanders: My Hero

    My grandfather , a “boot camp survivor” exclaimed that boot camp was the toughest thing to complete during the military. But, fortunately, boot camp pushed Mr. Gillanders to strive to a better ranking in the National Guard. Before the time he left the military, Mr. Gillanders earned the rank of Command Chief Master Sergeant, the ninth highest non-commissioned officer rank. Although he worked is all forces of the military, being Command Chief Master Sergeant was his favorite. Before earning…

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  • Military Tuition Assistance Case Study

    1. The purpose of the Military Tuition Assistance Program (MTAP) is to provide financial aid to active duty service members earning college credits.1 The Tuition Assistance program is one of the most frequently cited reasons for re-enlistment among the enlisted corps.2 In recent weeks, a Department of Defense (DoD) family council has recommended expanding the MTAP to include licenses and technical certifications.3 As stated by the Sergeant Major of the Army, Dan Dailey, “one of his…

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  • The Importance Of Mentorship In Leadership

    have to blindly depend on our collective planning and preparation, my training and instincts, and an ability to operate despite temporary but complete loss of outcome control. We had just under a month in theater and the same amount of time with a brand new Platoon Leader (PL). Many of us in the Platoon had executed hundreds of missions together in the past while many others had not. Although we deployed together to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) and had established good…

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