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Philosophy on Soldiering
2006/01/01This is taken from the book About Face:The Odyssey of an American Warrior.
The author is Col. David "Hack" Hackworth, one of the most decorated
soldiers in the history of the United States. He served in post-WWII
Europe in Trieste, spent two tours in Korea during the Korean War, was
on the line in Germany during the Cold War, and fought in Viet Nam. He
was described by many as a "soldier's soldier." Unfortunately, Hack
passed away in May of 2005 due to cancer, possibly caused by Agent
Blue, one of the defoilants like Agent Orange used in Viet Nam.
This basic philosophy of soldiering comes from one of Hack's
commanders, Col. Glover S. Johns, whom Hack described as the finest
senior infantry commander Hack had ever seen. Hack took these bullets
from Col Johns' farewell speech. These are taken verbatim from Hack's
book because I doubt I could write them any better.
Most of these fit in with my own views of leadership from my four years
at The Citadel and from my four years of active duty with the US Air
Force. They also fit with many of the tenets my father taught me as I
was growing up. He is a retired Marine GySgt and spent most of his
career leading others in the NCO and staff NCO ranks. The profanity one
I'd toss aside, but the rest definitely make up a great philosophy.
This philosophy doesn't just apply to the military. It applies to
leadership in any arena.
- Strive to be small things well.
- Be a doer and a
self-starter - aggressiveness and initiative are two most admired
qualities in a leader - but you must also put your feet up and think.
- Strive for self-improvement through constant self-evaluation.
- Never be satisfied. Ask of any project, How can it be done better?
overinspect or oversupervise. Allow your leaders to make mistakes in
training, so they can profit from the errors and not make them in
- Keep the troops informed; telling them "what, how, and why" builds their confidence.
- The harder the training, the more troops will brag.
- Enthusiasm, fairness, and moral and physical courage - four of the most important aspects of leadership.
- Showmanship - a vital technique of leadership.
- The ability to speak and write well - two essential tools of leadership.
is a salient difference between profanity and obscenity; while a leader
employs profanity (tempered with discretion), he never uses obscenities.
- Have consideration for others.
- Yelling detracts from your dignity; take men aside to counsel them.
and use judgment; know when to stop fighting for something you believe
is right. Discuss and argue your point of view until a decision is
made, and then support the decision wholeheartedly.
- Stay ahead of your boss.