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Warrior Ethos

Warrior Ethos

Warrior Ethos My first example of when I saw someone demonstrate one of the four tenets of the Warrior Ethos was in Basic Combat Training when my drill sergeants and first sergeants spent an extra four hours on the qualifying range waiting for one last soldier to qualify. The mission for that day was to have the whole entire company qualify using an M16A2 or M4 rifle qualify. There were probably other goals attached to the mission also; such as maintaining basic discipline among all the soldiers and ensuring the safety of everyone, but that was the most important aspect of the mission. There were three days of qualifications, one day of preliminary qualifications, and two days of qualifications. On the first day of qualifications, seventy percent of the company qualified. On the second day of qualifications the whole company got a chance to fire again, whether they were already qualified or not. After the second run through almost eighty percent of the company had qualified. By this time it was almost noon; the command was slowly reaching its goals. They took the soldiers that had not qualified and spent extra time going over the four fundamentals of shooting with them, making sure their weapons were correctly zeroed, and doing anything else necessary to get the soldier to qualify. They were moving them around in lanes to use the lanes that had less shade on them, adjusting the equipment so that the soldier is comfortable, and checking their steady position, breathing, trigger squeeze, and aim. By fourteen hundred the whole entire company except for one person had qualified. We waited there until eighteen hundred for her to qualify. So despite the fact that she took four extra hours and shot more rounds then our whole platoon did, our drills sergeants and first sergeant kept her firing until she was qualified with her weapon. This shows the tenet of how one will always place the mission first. As showed by my cadre that day, when they didn’t stop until the whole...

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