I spent about 11 years as an Army Officer and 15+ years total in the military. During that time, I learned that there are a few things every Army leader should own. I’d like to talk about those things below.
- A Good Watch: I believe every military leader should have a good watch. Please keep in mind I did not say expensive. Let’s face it, you need to know what time it is. You should have a nice watch that is good quality, affordable and reliable. You need something you can wear in combat and in peace time. This will keep you on time. You should never wonder what time it is.
- A Journal: Some people might not think of this one, but I believe every Army leader should own their own journal. This can be a simple notebook or formal journal. You should write down your thoughts and ideas whenever they come to mind, and you should keep a record of what happens each day. Call it your memoir if you want, but a good journal is a very valuable resource and reference, especially as you get older and move up through the ranks.
A Good Pair of Running Shoes: As Soldiers we are expected to stay fit. Part of staying fit means being an active runner. One of the worst things you can do is buy a cheap pair of shoes. If nothing else, don’t skimp in this area. Visit a reputable shoe store and get a good pair of high-quality shoes that fit your feet properly. You will be glad that you did.
- A Day Planner: Having a day planner is vital. This lets you map out your entire year, write down major training events and plan your time wisely. You should schedule work time and family time in your day planner. You should refer to it daily and update it whenever you learn about something that has a specific date or deadline.
- A Smart Phone: No, I don’t have a Smart Phone yet. But I will soon. A good smart phone gives you immediate access to information. Between the internet access and applications, you can have access to any information you need with the push of a few buttons. You can also send text messages and emails when needed.
These are the five things I think every Army leader should own. If you think I missed something from my list, please leave a comment to this post and share your thoughts. If you have any questions, you can ask those here too. Thank you.