I took a young Soldier to the board today, he wants to leave the army but continue in his progression to stay in the good graces of big army in case anything changes. He is a is looking at a journeyman apprenticeship in his home town and would like to apply to attend. The President of the Board asked why the Commander would approve of this to which the SM answered that he has been a model soldier, which I largely concur with, he is trustworthy and reliable but does not volunteer to be put into leadership roles. He has never had adverse action against him for any reason. SM personifies the follower and believes that being introduced to leadership in the military would benefit him in civilian employment. The Board members laughed at his response, audibly, and told him that they would not support this course of action because he has not attend college courses while he has been with the unit furthering this with that it would be a waste of resource to let him go for extra time outside he his ETS leave. I am asking for guidance on how to address this reaction the Board members displayed. It was apparent to me that the mentality was you are not worth my attention if you do not plan on staying in Service, this came a month and half after the President of the Board gave a NCOPD on Servant Leadership where the first line of the presentation states a quote from Lao Tzy "The greatest leader forgets himself and attends to the development of others." I have encountered this mentality in the past to a more severe extent but at a lower level of leadership. Truely I see this doing more harm than good to the organization as a whole if it goes unaddressed.
Posted 2 mo ago
Oofdah. I don't envy you your position. Those Board Members need to be told that their reactions and conduct were unprofessional. However, who can/will do that and in a manner that is tactful and will not draw their wrath....I envy that person even less. It needs to be done, though. They could have just as easily sat there with a straight face, made notes, and excused the Soldier from the Board the minute the Q&A portion was over. It's stuff like this that makes good Soldiers get out.
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