I had an E-5 ask me about the maturity level of the Army Reserves and why the maturity level is less then he expected it would be. I explained that I believe it is due to a lack of mentorship and development. Leaders do not seem to be counseling or mentoring like they should and the subordinates are not seeking out the mentorship needed resulting in leaders that need more professional development
Posted >1 y ago
As a retired Army Reserve officer, it does hurt me to say this but in my experience, it is a thing of the past. I think a lot of this is due to a limited amount of training time and when it comes to doing something that is used as a metric for a Commander's OER vs. something that you cannot measure (mentorship) as easily, the measurable thing will win out. Those are what you can put on an OER and that is how many of the units in which served were measured. I spent many drill weekends focused on the latest mandatory training and not even on our battle tasks much less mentoring. That does not mean it is like that for every unit but when a Commander has to prioritize something, it will be what makes the unit look good on a slide. IMHO.
Great topic of discussion. I don't think it's necessarily due to a lack of counseling. I believe it's a lack of taking an interest in the professional growth of subordinates. As most leaders are aware, the Reserve environment doesn't offer much time to do everything that is required. It never fails, that no matter how stacked your training schedule is, higher HQ always places additional tasks that need to get done during Battle Assembly. Counseling and mentoring doesn't need to be "formal". I find the time. It may be during lunch, in the middle of the day if I catch one of my Soldiers enroute to other training, or after-hours having a beer or two. Obviously, I'm "old school", but it works. You have to think outside the box and get it done.
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