Rumor going around the Army Warrant Officer Cohort that WOCS class 16-18 and 16-19 might be the last classes ever to construct a class sign and prepare a class song for hanging their hat. Are these washed out traditions that need to be done away with? Or does this take away from the time honored tradition of becoming a U.S. Army Warrant Officer?
Posted 4 y ago
I don't like the idea of taking this particular tradition away. The environment at WOCS is meant to be high stress through time management for a reason. Class songs provide candidates a team building opportunity designed to promote communication and coordination with each other in a candidate driven task. Keep the songs, they lighten the mood encourage a little fun while in the WOCS environment.
I personally dont think they should. I think its a important part if the course. It teaches people to work together and to interact. It also brings some critical thinking and problem solving skills to the game some of us lacked. But most importantly it brings a sense of accomplishment and pride. You can kook at that sign and say.....I HELPED MAKE THAT.
Time honored tradition, team building, camaraderie. What ever you call it, it was a moment to get away from the stress of the course. It is meant to be a stressful course for a reason. Over time, there have been changes to get away from the traditional aspects of the course because someone thought they were a waste of time or that other courses (NCOES, OCS) did not do these things. They quit or they whined to their congressional delegates that the cost and the things they were doing did not serve a purpose. It has been a while but the last time I was there during the Senior Staff Course, we visited the barracks and was told that there was not more daily open wall locker inspections. No more sock and T-shirt rolling, which may have been considered dumb but there was a purpose, Task, Condition, Standard to include Time Management. WOCs were spending more time in the field for tactical training, some one wanted the Warrant to be the complete officer. We are not Commissioned Officers nor are we Non Commissioned Officers. WE have a specific role and that lane is where we should be. If you want to be one of the others go there and leave the WOCS as a stress building course and leave the parts of it as it is. Ranting aside, as someone else put it. "If it isn't broke, leave it alone".
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