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Warrant Officer Leadership Essays

Photo essay by Warrant Officer Candidate Orbin Rudd, Forward Support Co., 201st Engineer Battalion

Warrant Officer Candidates Lawrence Webb and Duncan Lewis tackle the pull up bars during their Warrant Officer Candidate training at the Kentucky National Guard’s Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center. (Photo by Warrant Officer Candidate Orbin Rudd, Forward Support Co., 201st Engineer Battalion)

The man who spends more sleepless nights with his army and who works harder in drilling his troops runs the fewer risks in fighting his foe.

— The Emperor Maurice, c. AD 600

WENDELL H. FORD REGIONAL TRAINING CENTER, GREENVILLE, Ky. — Military training is hard enough the first time you go through it.  The second or third time you’d think it would get easier, that’s not necessarily true.  There’s always that unexpected challenge, that one stubborn obstacle to overcome, no matter how experienced or educated you think you are.

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Warrant Officer Candidate Jeffrey Valentine shows off his “war face” while in the front lean and rest position. (Photo by Warrant Officer Candidate Orbin Rudd, Forward Support Co., 201st Engineer Battalion)

Following are some photos from the 238th Regimental Training Institute’s Warrant Officer Candidate training weekend.  In addition to extensive physical training and testing there are classes in leadership, tactics and military history and protocol.

For more information on the Kentucky National Guard’s warrant officer program contact Chief Warrant Officer Ryan Turner at (502) 607-6200, Cell: (502) 320-3653 or email him at Ryan.turner2@usarec.army.mil.

They call it “oh dark early” for a reason.  Warrant Officer Candidate Matthew Vincent joins his class for a little early morning PT. (Photo by Warrant Officer Candidate Orbin Rudd, Forward Support Co., 201st Engineer Battalion)

Hauling that rucksack on a leisurely march through the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center. (Photo by Warrant Officer Candidate Orbin Rudd, Forward Support Co., 201st Engineer Battalion)

TAC Officer Ricky Skelton shows his warrant officer cadets how it’s done. (Photo by Warrant Officer Candidate Orbin Rudd, Forward Support Co., 201st Engineer Battalion)

Warrant Officer Jessica Peel takes her turn at the pull up bar. Peel is the only female in her WOCS class.  At present there are only eight female warrant officers in out of a total of 148 in the Kentucky National Guard.  (Photo by Warrant Officer Candidate Orbin Rudd, Forward Support Co., 201st Engineer Battalion)

It’s not all fun and games in the field. Warrant Officer Jess Willard hits the books before heading out for more training with his fellow cadets. (Photo by Warrant Officer Candidate Orbin Rudd, Forward Support Co., 201st Engineer Battalion)

20141016 Call for WOCS TAC Officers and Academic Instructors

Respect is one the 7 Army Values and probably one of the most important in today’s Army. Discipline also works alongside respect even though it is not one of the Army Value’s; it falls under Self-less Service. You can’t have respect without discipline because it creates a sense of unity among soldiers which under extreme circumstances the military cannot afford to have any causality because of one individual’s decision to disrespect one of leaders appointed over me direct orders. Self-less Service leads to teamwork and encompasses discipline and is most effective when all soldiers can expect and give mutual espect to their fellow soldiers. When a person first enters the Army they are taught and instilled into our brain the meaning of respect within the military. It pretty much means to treat people with the proper respect as they should be treated. Also, it helps recognizing and acknowledging all our leaders who and what purpose they are in this U. S. Army to give them the proper courtesies of their position and/or Title. Respect is found in the same way as disrespect but for the sign of Respect is that the person shows you their upmost attention to every detail that is put out to the person. Obeying an order from a NCO or commissioned officers is highly respect in the military world the proper way to respect an NCO or commissioned officer is by standing at the proper position for an NCO it will be standing at parade rest for a commissioned officer the soldier or personnel addressing the officer will stand at attention if the soldier of personnel does not do the proper actions then there will be an on the spot correction unless given the order to either stand at ease or rest then you can stand at any position you want, but overall if you are ddress to do something by a NCO or commissioned officer then you need to do that order. Do the direct order now not later or put it off because it is disobeying a direct order from a NCO or commissioned officer and that will lead to consequences ranging from counseling to UCMJ punishment because of a disobeyed a direct order from an NCO or commissioned officer. If I see an NCO or officer appointed over myself not doing the right thing, some soldiers if not I will continue my behavior thinking is it correct. But now the ehavior has been passed on and leaders will have a harder time dealing with their soldiers. Some people say that you should give respect to everyone. Other people say that respect should be earned. I think that respect is a two way street. To get respect you have to give respect. Respect is neither a right nor a privilege; it is something that you earn over time through your actions, though in the army it is expected of all lower enlisted. Earned respect builds relationship between people. When another person earns your respect you work harder to have that same respect returned to you. I think that respect is taught by example, as most good things are. Discipline also known as Military Bearing is the glue that holds a combat team together. Without it there is no unit cohesion, no espirit de corps, and no coordination. However, discipline is a complex product of training, leadership, and respect. Discipline is of the utmost importance in order to ensure the efficiency of the military organization as a whole as well that of the individual units efficiency helps to ensure that goals are met and that the highest level of preparedness is maintained at all times. The level f discipline directly affects a soldier's conduct so the two concepts are directly related and of equal importance. Army Regulation 600–20 Army Command Policy, Section Four, in particular, outlines the commanders' responsibility to maintain proper military discipline and conduct. Each subsection addresses a different aspect, or issue, affecting Soldier's behavior. Section 4 -1, for example, addresses military discipline, its importance, and command responsibilities for maintaining it. A well disciplined soldier carries himself with pride, Gives respect to others that out rank him and to those below him. Give the greeting of the day to the non-commissioned officers he passes and salutes the officer he passes as well. In our army a lack of discipline in a soldier may not only cost him is life and the life of his comrades, but cause a military undertaking to fail and his team to be defeated. On the other hand a team of a few well-disciplined solders is worth many times a much larger number of undisciplined individuals who are nothing more than an armed mob. History repeatedly shows that without discipline, no body of troops can hold its own against a well- isciplined and well-directed enemy. In you work in the Army we may wonder why the officers and noncommissioned officers insist on perfection in what appears to be minor details. Why do our vehicles have to be PMCS; why do we have to keep everything in line; why must your bed be made in a certain way; why must your uniform and equipment be in a prescribed order at all times; why must all officers be saluted with snap and precision? These things are a part of your disciplinary training. Their purpose is to teach you bedience, loyalty, team play, personal pride, pride in your organization, respect for the rights of others, and the will to win. How can anyone, even myself imagine how the army would turn out without all of the Army values it is pretty much obvious that without respect and military bearing the US. Army or even the military as a whole would be in chaos without any type of guidelines on obeying orders. It is even stated when you swear in “that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. ”

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