Inner Qualities…

“Neither bars nor stars make an officer. An individual becomes an officer only when he develops those inner qualities of honesty, self-sacrifice, and attention to duty that are always inherent to real leadership.” Lieutenant General Samuel D. Sturgis Jr. (1897 to 1964) Samuel Davis Sturgis Jr. was a senior officer of the United States Army… Read More

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Demand Responsibility…

“Modern leadership demands officers who can accept challenge with initiative, originality, fidelity, understanding, and, above all, the willingness to fully assume the responsibilities of command.” General Bruce C. Clarke (1901 to 1988) Bruce Cooper Clarke was a United States Army general. He was a career officer who served in World War I, World War II,… Read More

Officer or Leader…

“When you join your organization you will find there a willing body of men who ask from you nothing more than the qualities that will command their respect, their loyalty, and their obedience … Commissions will not make you leaders; they will merely make you officers. They will place you in a position where you… Read More

Weakness Admired…

“The soldiers probed endlessly for weaknesses among their leaders, but they responded to an officer who was assured enough in his authority to be willing to explain why such and such a thing must be done. Professionalism also commanded respect. The soldiers admired an officer who knew his business, who established a clear understanding of… Read More

Cayman Regiment Officers Train at RMAS

Officer cadets from the newly formed Cayman Islands Regiment have graduated from the short commissioning course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS). The five Service personnel were set to complete the gruelling eight-week package in August, becoming the first to commission into the home defence force of the British Overseas Territory. Commanded by former… Read More

Die Well…

“Except for the scientific arms, engineers, and artillery, the function of British officers was to lead their men and, if necessary, to die well; the bulldog spirit was more important than technical expertise.” Stokesbury, James L. (1981) Leadership as an Art. in James H. Buck and Lawrence J. Korb (eds) Military Leadership. Beverly Hills, CA:… Read More

Inarticulate Desire…

“Only the officer who dedicates his thought and energy to his men can convert into coherent military force their inarticulate thoughts about their country; nor is any other in a position to stimulate their desire to be of service to it.” Brigadier General S.L.A Marshall (1900 to 1977) S.L.A. “Slam” Marshall (full name, Samuel Lyman… Read More