Posted on Feb 7, 2015
CPL Chemical Operations Specialist
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I'm curious to see the input the RP community can provide; lessons learned the hard way, tips, or those little gems that your mentors or seniors passed down to you throughout your career.
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Be you!

Identify your insecurities and check them. Pride is your biggest enemy. Keep a level head, act with you best judgment, and fight battles worth losing. Your soldiers will respect you more if you be honest with yourself. Red pen, blue pen. Integrate your lessons learned from previous leaders, but do not emulate fully. Your own style will develop. You can't rush perfection. Don't try. Be a master of your craft. Most importantly, realize that we are all different and respond differently. Know your soldiers and encourage them.
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CSM Command Sergeant Major IN
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Start and keep an 'I love me binder'. Keep all your awards (certificates & 638), NCOER's, 1059's, civilian transcripts, distance learning transcripts, enlistment/reenlistments, promotion orders, MOS awards, and 214's (if any). You may have most/all of this information in iPerm's, but having everything in one place at your fingertips to flip through will be a great benefit. IF these make it into your IPerm's, as your iPerm's fills up, finding things will take more time (they aren't always where they are supposed to be), and you don't always have a computer handy or internet, especially while on deployment. When you sit down with a 42A to update your ERB or your new FLL/NCOIC/OIC, it is gold. It is your one-stop shop for all of your critical/important information concerning your military career. I cannot tell you how many times this will come in handy and you will be thankful you did it.

If you don't want to keep originals in it, such as medal certificates, make a copy and keep in your binder.

When you go on deployment, make a photo copy of your binder and take the info with you on deployment in a file. DO NOT take your binder/originals. Again, there can/will be times you need some information that will be in your file.

Have all your subordinates start and maintain an 'I love me binder' also. This is something you can do to take care of your subordinates that will benefit them throughout their entire career.
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SGT Edward L.
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Don't ask your soldiers to achieve a standard that you cannot maintain yourself.
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