The United States Army is one of if not the largest corporation in America. It is an organization that is build on and defending the Constitution of the United States of America. As stated earlier every organization has its share of problems. The organization that I will be focusing on is the 180th Transportation Battalion.
This battalion is rich in history and traditions, a great place to build a career in the military if you desire that. Just to give you some background information of the organization, the Battalion Command Structure begins with the Battalion Commander, the Battalion Command Sergeant Major, the Battalion Executive Officer, the Battalion Support Operations Officer, S-1, S-2, S-3, S-4, S-6, Battalion Maintenance Officer, Battalion Maintenance Sergeant as the primary staff. Within the battalion are eight companies; each company has it own individual problems.
The company is set up with a First Sergeant that is experience and well capable of handling Soldiers problem no matter what they may be. As the Battalion Command
Major since 4 May 07, I have noticed what is a big moral and ethical problem within the battalion that needs some of my attention. The moral issue is that the senior Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) in the battalion was engaging in improper relationships with the junior Soldiers.
What made me noticed this was the way the junior
enlisted soldiers interacted with the senior leadership within the companies. I was faced with a serious issue that could cause major problems if the issue was not dealt with in a timely manner. In the Army we have a code that is called the Army Values: these values are Leadership, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. With the violation of these values the units was headed for disaster. I noticed some Soldiers not meeting the same standards as the other Soldiers, not coming to formation, leaving work early on a daily basis, and disrespecting their senior leadership.
The way, I handled this was I had a meeting with the entire battalion and in open forum; I made it known that if any Soldiers is violating the rules you will be dealt with. I stated the issues that I saw as a newcomer to the battalion and it would stop. In the process of fixing it I fired some of the senior leadership and move others around within the
battalion. The problem has been fixed and the Soldiers in the battalion respect the leadership now.
In conclusion, the United Stated Army has no room for this type of behavior. If you as a leader do not fix the problem you become part of the problems. Soldiers will follow leaders that they respect and in today’s Army we need our Soldiers to trust and respect the senior leadership. We are a Nation at war and training is our number one priority not poor leadership.