AC3 (AW/SW) Kondracki, Phillip
Responsibilities of a Petty Officer
“God of our fathers, who by land and sea have ever lead us to victory, please continue your inspiring guidance in this the greatest of all conflicts. Strengthen my soul so that the weakening instinct of self-preservation, which besets all of us in battle, shall not blind me to my duty to my own manhood, to the glory of my calling, and to my responsibility to my fellow soldiers. Grant to our armed forces that disciplined valor and mutual confidence which insures success in war. Let me not mourn for the men who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived. If it be my lot to die, let me do so with courage and honor in a manner which will bring the greatest harm to the enemy, and please, oh Lord, protect and guide those I shall leave behind. Give us the victory, Lord.” -General George S. Patton.
Responsibility is bestowed upon all of us in the military. The higher you go in your rank structure the more responsibility is bestowed on you. As a Third Class Petty Officer in the United States Navy, I am the main transition point for the junior personnel and my direct superiors. I am at the first level of authority. Once appointed to E-4, you are now entitled to use the term “Non Commissioned Officer” for yourself. You are the first in the chain, the lowest ranking NCO, but you have made it to the level of authority and higher responsibility. In this essay based on “Responsibilities of a Petty Officer” I will cover some of the brief points on being a good leader which involves responsibility, some of the responsibilities that a petty officer takes on every day, and the leadership styles that makes a Petty Officer stand out.
General Patton’s quote ca be summed up as the Navy’s three core values; Honor, Courage, and Commitment. Gen. Patton was very courageous when making this bold statement due to the fact that he knew that he was going to loose some...