Thursday, January 13, 2011

Soldier to Soldier advice

Good Day my friends! Today is day 2 of my guest blogger's blog.. Again, the guest blogger is my husband MSG Salvatore Urzi. He has been a soldier for 21 years and 11 months(but whose counting) He is a Military Police Officer and loves his job. He is a genius when it comes to Army Regs and FMs and encourages young soldiers to find a mentor to give them guidance, he also encourages leaders to BE good mentors to soldiers. Here is todays installment.. Enjoy :)

You want to be a Great Soldier?

How do you become that great Soldier? What is a great Soldier? Is it all in Field Manuals and Regulations? All these questions and depending on what leader you talk to you would get several different answers. Once again these areas covered are by no means the be all to being a great Soldier. Just some recommendations on being successful and becoming that outstanding Soldier and future leader. I will only cover a few things to get you started, this topic could take days and a lot of face time to truly get the full affect.

1. Ask yourself why you wear the uniform. Is it just for college? Is it for the benefits? Is it because you had no other choice? Or is it because you take pride in your country?

2. Can you take criticism? This is a must and what you do with it after you get it. You have to be able to look at yourself in the mirror and truly be able to find those faults and fix them.

3. Don't blame others, especially your leaders for your short comings. Take responsibilities for what you do, take control of your career.

4. KNOW what it takes to become the next rank. If you want to be a SGT than I suggest YOU know what paperwork is required to make it happen.

5. If you don't know something, then research and read. After you have done that then ask your leaders.

6. Remember you are a Soldier 24/7. We do not pick and choose when we are a Soldier. You represent this country in all you do on and off duty.

7. Set goals for yourself, make sure they are realistic ones. If your a PFC you first goal should become a SGT, why wait till your SPC to set that goal. A PFC should not be focusing on becoming a CSM.

8. Remember your job as a Soldier is to accomplish the mission, not complain about it!

9. Take care of your battle buddies, don't step on them to progress. We are one team and cant accomplish mission as a individual.

10. Seek out a mentor. Do you know what YOU want from a mentor? You can have several mentors, you don't have to have constant contact with that mentor.

11. Learn something new everyday, it is possible. You learn from the positives and negatives. You learn from great leaders and the not so great ones also.

12. Accept every challenge head on, take pride in every mission given.

13. Remember as a Soldier we do not work 9 - 5. We are not civilians, we are a special breed that only a small percentage of the U.S. population qualify to do.

14. LOYALTY to your unit!

15. Ask yourself "What would a professional do?" and the "Be a Professional!"

1 comment:

  1. Good advice. I plan on coming back to this site just to look at these points again. Thank you.