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Posted on Jul 2, 2019
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LTC Jason Mackay
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SGT (Join to see) I wish more people would approach RP as you do. I've seen your posts and contributions, indeed what this was intended for. The RP trends that concern me:
- Crutch for the lazy, no attempt to research independently
- supplanting those first line leaders as sources of information and guidance. If you let them off the hook they don't grow either.
- enabling people's avoidance of a hard interpersonal conversation
- junior leaders with dangerously tangential understanding of systems and processes.
- spouses end-running their service member
- barracks lawyering for the internet age.
- enabling helicopter parenting beyond the DD Form 4
- no attempt to see what else has been posted on the same topic, literally the same day, before posting the same question.
- fake profiles, "asking for a friend", hypotheticals that aren't
- people pimping their commercial interests
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"- supplanting those first line leaders as sources of information and guidance. If you let them off the hook they don't grow either."
Part of this is due to lack of trust in Leaders. There are advantages to doing your own research on a topic while leadership works on it.

"- people pimping their commercial interests"
This can be done in a positive way. Recruiters on RP who actually engage with the community instead of just linking to jobs make their company look good. The link spammer does the opposite. This blog markets my music while saying thanks to RP and it's effects on my life. Is it still "pimping" if the commercial interests are genuine?
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SGT (Join to see) - the Recruiters for companies, I am not only OK with it, I wish more were on here and in greater diversity of fields. It's a failure to deploy area of RP.

I'm ok with people letting you know about a book or article they wrote ( suppose music would not be a drastic departure from the vein), after all it is a professional network. It's the pyramid schemes, that fake career coaching site from India posted by the "Navy Warrant Officer M1 mechanic" (actual fake profile that only got worse as it went), get rich quick websites, etc that bother me.

As for the avoidance of First Line Leaders, I agree with research in parallel, it's taking to the internet trolls to figure out how to wear your ASUs in an Airborne unit instead of just asking your first line (example) that bothers me. Counter point: A trend I see emerging is Combat arms units with females not knowing how to do a pregnancy chapter or a family care plan.
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LTC Jason Mackay - Regarding first lines, you have to realize how many issues senior Leaders aren't aware of (until later if ever) because a subordinate leader ignored or misled someone. I've been there. It's part of why RP exists and actually helps keep others accountable. It's a double-edged sword but a necessary evil.
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SGT English/Language Arts Teacher
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You are a consummate professional! I always enjoy your posts, even when I don't understand them. I am still learning basis computer skills. Lol! Seriously, thank you for your service and friendahip!
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Cpl Benjamin Long - I am already a professional educator. I was making a joke about how fast technology changes.
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Language Arts teacher... that's amazing... I speak several languages
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Cpl Benjamin Long - I only speak two.
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Cpl Benjamin Long
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C'est dommage...
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Excellent summary and on point!
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Thanks.
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