Bridging the Basics: Training gives confidence to leaders

| May 9, 2014 | 0 Comments


Sgt. Maj. Shelly Gadison
728th Military Police Battalion
8th MP Brigade
8th Theater Sustainment Command
In 1790, President George Washington stated to our new nation, “Our peace and security depend on our readiness to fight for it. The challenge is to prepare for a future that defies prediction even while conducting current operations around the globe.”
Our Army expects leaders to use their experience and wisdom to develop a new generation that is adaptive, creative, innovative and committed to our profession. I believe that we accomplish this task through stewardship, training and leader development.
Leaders are responsible for training and developing future leaders that can win wars in any environment. We must remain ready for unforeseen contingencies. Leaders, both officers and noncommissioned officers, accomplish this through tough, realistic training.
Training under demanding conditions develops leaders’ confidence in their ability to accomplish the mission. It does so much more than develop a leader’s technical expertise.
Today’s leaders must make critical decisions without close supervision. Soldiers’ lives depend on their leaders’ ability to make the right decision. The wrong decision can be catastrophic and detrimental to international relationships. Since every situation is unique and there is no solidified solution written in doctrine, leaders at every level must be adaptive in order to stay ahead of our enemies.
Senior NCOs must also understand unit training management, and leaders must be held responsible for training their Soldiers. Over the last 10 years, leaders were directed as to what and how to train their Soldiers in order to deploy into theater on time as scheduled. However, the craft of applying the principles of training and leader development and unit training management has been lost over the years. It’s time to bridge the basics of unit training management.
Leaders must also train their Soldiers on decisive action in an intricate environment. Subordinate leaders must have the opportunity to develop their own training plans. All unit leaders must utilize the entire training management process as they prepare and execute upcoming training.
Leaders actually plan, prepare, execute and assess every training event. Training requires resources and coordination. Not having the proper resources available at the right time, effective training will not happen.
Additionally, leaders must be at the scheduled training and in the same uniform as their Soldiers in order to send the message that training is important and crucial to the unit’s mission success. Leaders must always assess a Soldier’s proficiency and provide this information to the commander.
Subordinate leaders provide
assessments of training. Through open dialog, commanders hold leaders responsible for training their
Training can’t and won’t happen without resources, so stewardship means protecting time and limited resources. Time is irreplaceable and must be protected at all cost.
All training requires a training area, a facility and the right resources to support the actual training. Also, some training may require training aids or simulations. Leaders train their subordinate leaders on requesting these resources and then using them to enhance training. Maneuver space, ranges and training facilities are limited, so leaders must use space properly.
Train young leaders on the importance of resources and include them during the planning process. Without the proper resources, training can be ineffective and the training opportunity lost.
Leaders today have many demands placed upon them, especially with administrative requirements. Don’t get lost in all the emails, but rather spend time on planning, preparing and executing tough comprehensive training plans that build upon readiness and prepares our Soldiers and formations to be ready to handle any emerging threat and mission.

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