Month: October 2016


3 Ways to Build Teamwork and Cohesion

No blog on teamwork would be complete without the obligatory motivational poster… ​Ever had the pleasure of being part of a team that comes together? In the summer of 2001, the infantry battalion I was in basically only had enough soldiers for 2 of the 3 line companies. As one of the newest Platoon Commanders,
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If It Ain’t Rainin’, It Ain’t Trainin’

On the eve of my first winter warfare exercise, a senior enlisted told me that winter training was like getting ready for a kick in the groin – you know it’s going to suck, but the reality is always worse than you think. He was right. Even with limited training aims, the cold and snow
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Author Interview: Adam Corres

This week’s interview is with Adam Corres. Adam feels he could have been good at about 40 different things but never specialised at any of them for long enough to settle. Obviously he wouldn’t want to be known for number 17 or have to explain any of that before a jury. Number 23 is a bit
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Has Anyone Seen The Colonel?

“Where’s the OC?” the section commander asked. “Uh…he’s on a recce,” I replied. Except the OC wasn’t on a recce. As the platoon commander, I knew very well that the major in charge of our company was at a local restaurant, drinking coffee and more importantly, staying warm. Why did it matter? The Battle of
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The OODA Loop and the Half-Beat

It was the summer of 2001 and I was almost finished my mechanized infantry platoon commander’s course, or Phase IV Infantry. To have a bit of fun, my course staff decided to set a few of us up on a joke ‘mission.’ The Phase III Infantry course , which was the dismounted infantry platoon commander’s
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Author Interview: Steven Barrie

This week’s interview is with writer, and doodler, Steven Barrie. Steven’s debut novel, Squeaky Clean, is currently crowdfunding through Inkshares, where he’s taking part in the Geek & Sundry Fantasy contest. What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing? Basically, I got tired of myself for not writing. I’m not one of those people
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Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

Isn’t it funny how the same words can often be interpreted in wildly different ways? Even in somewhat homogenous groups, breakdowns in communication can happen. ​I remember one After Action meeting I participated in during an overseas deployment. The mission had been simple – secure a compound – and the plan was about as straightforward
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