Today, I want to talk to you about “how to to be a great Soldier.” Whether you are in the Army, National Guard, or Army Reserves, I believe this information will really help you out.
I personally believe everyone has the responsibility to be a great Soldier. You signed your name to the dotted line on your contract and never said you were going to do the bare minimum. I believe everyone should always give 100% and try to be the best that they can be. The old Army saying “Be all that you can be!” rings true in my book.
One of my biggest pet peeves in the Army was seeing so many people try to get by doing as little as possible. They wanted to give minimum input, but they expected the Army to do great things for them. I just don’t get it.
I always found that the “great” Soldiers were typically the ones to get promoted, get the best jobs and get the schools they wanted. And rightfully so as I see it. After all, you get out what you put in.
My goal for you today is to “check yourself” and ask yourself if you really are giving 100% or if you’re just doing the bare minimum. I hope from this day forward you will go all in and strive to do your best, so you can be a great Soldier. If you want to do that, here are 10 tips I recommend.
# 1 Check Your Attitude -Whatever attitude you might have right now, check it at the door. Drop your ego or your entitlement attitude and show up to work with a positive attitude. It doesn’t matter if your parents didn’t hug you enough as a kid, if you dislike the Army or you aren’t happy with your life. No one likes a sour puss, a know it all, or someone who hates authority. Put a smile on your face, watch your body language and work on your people skills a bit. Having a chip on your Soldier will get you NOWHERE!
# 2 Get to Work Early – This one sounds simple, but most people mess it up. Show up to work earlier than everyone else. Show people that you are enthusiastic and EAGER to work. Be the first one there and last one to leave.
# 3 Do More Than You Are Paid For – I truly believe that if you do more than you are paid for, the Army will recognize it and you will get promoted. It’s almost inevitable. Don’t wait to be told what to do. Show some initiative and find work! Take work of your boss’s plate and help him/her out. Stay busy the whole day, every day!
# 4 Put Your Unit First – We all have our own goals. That’s fine. But, don’t be so caught up with yourself that you only worry about yourself. Put your unit first. Help the unit become a great unit. Help the unit become successful. You have an important role in the team, so please don’t forget it. Regardless of what your job is, remember that the job doesn’t make the person; the person makes the job.
# 5 Support Your Boss – Whether you like your boss or not, your job is to make your boss look good. The sooner you realize that the better off you will be. Your job is to support your boss, even if you don’t like them! Do what they tell you. Work hard and be loyal to them, even if they are a jerk. Don’t speak badly about your boss to anyone. Be a professional and always ask your boss “what can I do to make your life easier?”
# 6 Master Your Craft – Your job is to master your craft. This means that you are proficient in your individual tasks, your MOS, and your collective tasks. You are technically and tactically proficient. You learn everything you can about your MOS, your job, the Warrior Tasks, and your unit’s METL/Collective tasks.
# 7 Help Your Team Members – Your job is to help anyone and everyone that you can. When you see your buddy struggling with something, help them out. When you see your boss struggling with something, offer to help. Be a team player. Help your boss, peers and subordinates WHENEVER you can. Be the person that everyone knows will lend a helping hand.
# 8 Don’t Say NO to Your Boss – When your boss asks you to do something don’t say NO. When he asks you if you have the time to do something for him, tell him yes. Once again, your job is to support your boss. The only exception is if it is illegal or unethical.
# 9 Volunteer – In the Army, many folks are taught never to volunteer for anything. I disagree. If your boss asks for a volunteer, stick your hand up. It shows that you are proactive and willing to help and work hard. This is one of the fastest ways to stand out in the crowd.
# 10 Produce GOOD Results – Whatever you do, do it well. If your job for the day is to clean the latrines, make sure they are the cleanest they have ever been. Take pride in your work and always produce GOOD RESULTS. You want to be known as the person that others can count on when they want something done, done on time, and done right.
There you have it folks. These are 10 tips on how to be a great Soldier. I don’t expect you to agree with every tip I mentioned. That’s fine. But if you want to get promoted quickly and accelerate your career, I think it would be wise to follow the advice in this article.
What are your thoughts? What tips can you share to be a great Soldier? Leave a comment below to let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you.