Advice For New Officers

Marauder06

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#1
I'm starting a thread dedicated specifically for new officers. If you have questions about being an officer, or advice for new officers, feel free to post it here.

I thought this article was a good one to start us off:

"In my opinion and based on my observations as a Battalion Commander, there are four major skill-sets within which an officer can succeed or fail: Communication, Competence, Fitness, and Teamwork. "

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amlove21

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Oh, young officers. From your SNCO for the day...

You have a solemn, revered ace in the hole at all times. That ace in the hole is, "This is an order".

Understand what that means- sometimes it's life and death, sometimes it's credibility on the line, but it's always important.

Your senior enlisted leadership will guide you, sometimes forcefully, to the right decision, but that decision is always yours and you reserve the right to say, "Because I said so" and any good NCO will snap right in line and make your vision happen.

Just remember- with that power comes responsibility. Use it wisely, and even more importantly; know when not to play that card.
 

J.

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My former XO was sitting with me during a JFO primer course and started talking to me about rank structure. I told him I don’t think I have the makings of an officer but I respect that they do a lot I don’t know about.

He told me that he feels like a Private around us sometimes, and that he tries everyday to be as good at his job as his Marines are at theirs. That has always stuck with me.

I’ve met many Officers, but he really was an Officer of Marines.
 

DozerB

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#6
Everybody wants big boy rules; very few people want big boy responsibilities/discipline/sacrifices.
 

Ocoka

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My only advice to young officers is to be the kind of man that you would want to follow without question into a shitstorm: fair, firm, brave and honest...and it doesn't hurt to have a sense of humor.
 
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