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View Diary: The most important lesson I learned in the Navy...that many in Congress never learned. (Updated) (261 comments)

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  •  I always found it interesting - (7+ / 0-)

    the military has to break things down Barney-style (as we always said), so everyone can get it.  And often, when you distill things down to their simplest essence, you get really profound things.

    "Take care of your people."
    "Act with integrity."
    "Live honorably and with courage."

    I mean ... such simple things, and yet they've been nearly cast completely by the wayside by just about everyone in charge these days.  And the Marine Corps could definitely use more folks in charge who live by that.  Too many "leaders", in my personal experience, were more concerned about checking the boxes and getting promoted than they were about leading.  They were managers, not leaders.

    If you want to fight and die for my right to sit here and bitch, sleep with whomever you want.

    by talismanlangley on Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 10:06:18 AM PST

    •  I love listening to war veterans. (4+ / 0-)
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      khereva, roadbear, Joieau, talismanlangley

      Almost every combat vet has stories of newbie 2nd Lts. joining their units with their butter bars glittering like a Christmas tree.  I know one who served in the Pacific Theater in WWII.  He saw one and said to his buddy, "Psst, do we tell him?"  His buddy said, "Naw, lets give him a few days so we can size him up."

      BTW, he told me about how he met Nikita Khrushchev in late 1945.    

      Never meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer.--Bruce Graham

      by Ice Blue on Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 10:25:12 AM PST

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    •  One other very important thing (3+ / 0-)
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      kurt, Joieau, talismanlangley

      Tell the truth. Right away. Own up to your mistakes. Learn from them.

      It makes fixing those mistakes much easier, and whatever consequences you reap are easier to deal with.


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