Happy Birthday, fellow Marines
Today, November 10, is the 246th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Two weeks after graduating high school, I flew (my first time flying) to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in California to begin boot camp. Not long after arriving, I second-guessed my decision and realized that being homesick could be a true physical ailment. Another ailment I was suffering from was the incessant working out and being yelled at.
After boot camp, I graduated from the School of Infantry and joined the Scout Platoon under the 1st Tanks Battalion in Twentynine Palms, California. I eventually transferred to the Military Police at Twentynine Palms Marine Base and advanced from guarding the gate to being the Desk Sergeant, where I lead a military police shift.
While in the Marines, I deployed to Egypt for Operation Bright Star and to Kuwait for Operation Native Fury. While in Egypt, I had the opportunity to see The Sphinx and tour the Great Pyramid.
In the Marines, I was taught many lessons about leadership.
Lead by example: be willing to do the things you're asking other people to do.
Show the people you're leading that you're also willing to jump in and help.
Keep everyone in the loop: Poor communication leads to low morale.
Make sure everyone knows their role, understands the bigger picture, and knows the goal.
Rely on your people. They're the experts at what they do and can teach you about their job if you're humble enough to listen.
Leadership is about trust and respect: Trust and respect are earned over time by being a consistent leader that makes fair, logical, and reasonable decisions.
Collecting information, giving yourself for your team, making detailed plans, and communicating them to your team.
My time in the Marines was an invaluable experience and plays a large part of who I
am today. It's an honor to celebrate this day with my fellow Marines and to take a moment to appreciate all that I learned and gained in my military experience.
Happy Birthday fellow Marines!