Combat Leadership vs. Garrison Leadership
MSG William J. Bullard
United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 64
SGM Stoeltje / CWO Cartier
August 22, 2013
Over the past twenty-three years I have seen a huge swing of leadership types. I entered the U.S. Army in October 1989 and then there were very few combat veterans that were still in the ranks, you would have the occasional Vietnam veterans but overall about 75 to 80 percent of the Soldiers, NCOs and Officers had no combat experience at all. In 1990-1991 you had Desert Storm, shortly after that was concluded the Army started with reductions and all that experience left for the civilian sector and we basically started at square one. Until September 11th the concentration was on being the “Be, Know & Do” as a Soldier/Leader. You were expected to pass your Skills Qualifications Test (SQT) and then the Self-Development Test (SDT) these two tests required you as a Soldier and a leader to actually read field manuals (FMs) know your PMOS and common tasks (CTT) that was the basis of what you were, a Soldier and leader.
In garrison, the good Army leaders knew the tactical and technical aspects of their jobs as leaders; Counseling, Drill & Ceremonies, AR 670-1, Customs and Courtesies, basic military discipline and followed up with the daily in ranks inspections. You trained your team, squad or platoon on their tactical jobs moving as a team, actions on the objective and many other basic movement techniques. Many times you used your technical expertise by creating a PowerPoint presentation to teach your peers and subordinates to give them a visual picture on what was required to properly perform the tasks and establish what right looked like. On Mondays you always conducted in ranks inspections checking haircuts, uniform cleanliness and serviceability, I.D. tags and cards, general military knowledge questions were usually asked. You were expected to demonstrate a high level of...