Reflective Belts, Risk Management Required After ROTC Commissioning Tragedy

“Pa always said that the most dangerous thing in the Army was a new second lieutenant,” said Jane Hester, the man’s daughter. “I just can’t believe he was killed by one right after he was commissioned. Couldn’t he at least wait until he reported in?”

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  1. I trained an ROTC Cadet in the 69th Fighting Irish in New York . . . a good,
    earnest young man . . . but illustrated clearly the saying “Wet behind the
    ears.”

    Young man . . . I was not that much older than him, either . . .

    Instead of resenting this as a Sergeant, I was lucky to recognize this as an
    opportunity to help steer him onto the path of being a good officer. It really
    annoyed me to hear NCOs whine and moan about officers . . . those men
    genuinely fail to realize sometimes an officer is only as good as his sergeant.

    Due to paperwork error, the only one to go in my favor, I actually never went
    to PLDC, now called “Warrior Leadership Course”. This meant all those
    lessons on how to be a bullying dirtbag were not instilled. You can tell who
    missed that day in training based on their day-to-day attitudes towards the
    lower enlisted. You can also tell who volunteered for all the extra credit
    taskings as well . . .

    I pinned his 2LT boards on, he did not kill anyone with his silver dollar or
    coin, and he does realize he has only begun to learn.

    Maybe I got lucky and he will do all right. He still calls for guidance, too.

    Warrior this, warrior that, the Army is so obsessed with calling everything a
    warrior something with the intent to make the word ineffectual. They throw a
    hissy-fit when actual Warriors wage war . . .

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