No, not mine. I might have fairly deep thoughts on the subject, but lack an ability to articulate them very well.
But I did stumble across the blog of an active Army officer who does have some serious thoughts on the matter. There are very, very few good Army blogs written by active duty folks. There used to be several, but it seems blogging in the Army is dying. So let us cherish them when we find them.
I was going to post on this piece in The Army Times, but came across this brief post instead.
I’m not sure I still have all of the Army memorabilia that I’ve acquired over the years, but I’ve still kept that note. I keep it as a reminder that a small act, something as simple as a handwritten correspondence, can let a junior leader know that his or her service and sacrifices are appreciated. It probably only took him 10-15 minutes to do it, but it still resonates with me almost a decade later.
To many junior leaders the microcosm of their unit (Brigade and below) is the Army, and if we show them that we care and are committed to them, in their eyes the Army cares and is committed to them.
Read the whole thing, then, of course, start reading the whole blog. I’ve blogrolled him.