Thursday, August 04, 2005

In the Sandbox...

What NCOs Have Noticed About Officers:

• It's more important to look good than to be good.
• Non-matching furniture is a show-stopper. Untrained troops are not a show-stopper.
• A unit that has no money for new computers or spare parts will still manage to afford a big-screen TV for Powerpoint slide shows.
• A bad plan with good slides is better than a good plan with bad slides.
• Three sergeants thinking about an issue dealing with their MOS for four months and coming up with a detailed plan, is not as good as a colonel who knows nothing about their MOS or the problem thinking about it for 30 seconds.
• When you achieve high rank, the difference between what you know and what you feel fades away.
• The schools officers go to aren't any better than the schools NCOs go to. But an NCO who goes to the ANCOC that deals with his MOS knows he's not necessarily smarter about his MOS; an Army officer who goes to an Air Force graduate school or a Joint College thinks he now knows more about the branch he's been away from for two years.
• A year's hard work by the troops can be destroyed because of some minor incident that happened to the Colonel when he was a lieutenant.
• Officers sit around thinking a lot. In a vacuum. This is not a good thing.
• Officers think they're businessmen. They think the principles used in business, like "corporate vision" and "TQM" can work in the Marines. This is because officers spend a lot of time trying to sell things, usually grand ideas and catchy names.
• Officers believe that a plan won't succeed unless it has a good name, like "Operation Intrinsic Action." NCOs would rather give it something simple, like "Operation Beat Their ******* Heads In 5," and get on with it.
• Officers really do believe that a soldier is happier when he's busy, even if he's not doing what's important. NCOs know that nothing is so useless as doing well something which should not be done at all.
• There are a lot of officers out there who would have been better as NCOs, and a lot of NCOs who would have been better as officers.
• NCOs NEVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES refer to other Marines as "customers."
• Creating a twenty-minute slide show that makes the commander look good will get you the same medal as working your a-- off for 12 months for the same commander.
(Officers may direct angry letters to: Free0352-LOL)

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