Issue 54: Weekly Training Tips Newsletter

Weekly Training Tips

Issue 54: September 6th, 2012

In this issue:

  • Tip of the Week
  • Book of the Week
  • Quote of the Week
  • Video of the Week
  • Leader of the Week
  • Final Thoughts

Tip of the Week

My tip of the week is to create a plan for your military career.  Whether you want to serve one term or 30 years, you should create a game-plan.  I challenge you to take out a piece of paper and write down exactly what you want to accomplish in your military career.  Map out the next 1, 3, 5 or 10+ years.  Write down what rank you want to achieve, what jobs you want to have, where you want to work, what schools you want to have, etc.

Once you create a list of goals, sit down with your mentor or supervisor and share your goals with them.  Find out what you need to do to reach your goals.  Create a detailed action plan that tells you what you must do to reach your goals.  When you start out, spend most of your time focusing on what you must do THIS year to move closer to your goals.  Create a simple plan for the next 12 months outlining what you could do to enhance your career.  Here’s an example.

In the next 12 months, I will:

  1. Finish my time in Company Command
  2. Find a unit vacancy
  3. Submit my promotion packet and get promoted to rank of Major
  4. Complete one professional development course
  5. Finish up my Master’s Degree

This is just an example.  Once you identify what you need to do, start breaking these things down into bite-sized chunks by setting monthly goals.  Each month, evaluate your progress, make the required adjustments as needed and keep moving forward.  If you set goals every year for the rest of your career, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.

Book of the Week

The recommended book of the week this week is Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein.   My former Battalion Commander assigned this book as an OPD/NCODP.  I absolutely loved this book and thought it was full of helpful leadership lessons and principles.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should.

Quote of the Week

My quote of the week this week is:

“Artillery conquers and infantry occupies.” ~ J.F.C. Fuller

My Take: Even though I am a Logistics Officer by trade, I realize that the Army exists for the combat arms soldiers.  And the Artillery Corps is the “King of Battle” for a reason.

Video of the Week

Here’s one of my favorite video clips of all time, the opening speech from the movie “Patton.”  Enjoy it.

Leader of the Week

My featured leader of the week this week is Robert Nett who is a Medal of Honor Recipient from WW2.   1LT Robert Nett led a successful hand-to-hand attack on enemy forces holding up the American advance into Leyte, Philippines on December 14, 1944.  He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1946.

Final Thoughts

Thanks for reading my newsletter this week.  I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend and took some time off to relax with your loved ones.  Have a great week.  I’ll talk to you next Thursday.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post them below. Thank you. Also, if you want a complete training system for your Army Commander career, check out the course I developed here.

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4 thoughts on “Issue 54: Weekly Training Tips Newsletter

  1. Laura

    Goals are the best way to move yourself forward in everything, but it is also important to factor in the unexpected. Especially in an organization as unpredictable as the Army. Having those short term, stepping stone goals will keep you on the right path while giving you a sense of accomplishment along the way even when life throws your plan a curveball.

  2. Andrew B.

    A clear plan is definitely a good idea. I always write them down, and keep my old ones, too, to see how much I accomplished. It’s great to look back a few years and see myself planning something that I’ve now achieved. On the other hand, when I fail to meet a goal, it motivates me – I don’t want to keep writing the same thing year after year!

  3. Daniel Slone

    A great mentor is someone who’s already achieved at least some of the things you want to do. The insight they can provide is invaluable. Today I can only wish that I knew some of the things I know now back when I was an E-4. Often as a young soldier you aren’t even aware of the tremendous range of options available to you in the Army, and someone with the right experience can point you in the best direction.


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