TRANSITION AND TRANSFORMATION – COACHING MILITARY VETERANS AND MORE
Part 1: Foundations
- Most military members are mission-focused and expect to stay until the job is done. True/False?
“What it Means to Be Mission Oriented*
Most workplaces have an explicit or implicit mission statement that is used to guide the company in a successful direction. It orients employees and provides an overall focus. The same is true for the military and its personnel. However, the strength of the mission orientation is distinctive both in its emphasis and in the way that it is built into the culture. It can have a substantial impact on the behavior of military personnel. Military personnel are nearly always aware of the mission with which they are tasked. For example, one Veteran said that she saw the Commanding Officer’s Mission and Intent posted on the walls in every military unit she had been in. It was there to help unit members remember their focus and achieve the Commanding Officer’s mission…..
The mission of the military is supported by several core values. The individual branches of the military state these values differently. For example, the Army has a Soldier’s Creed. It includes statements such as, “I will always place the mission first,” “I will never accept defeat,” “I will never quit,” and “I am an expert and I am a professional.” The Marine Corps uses the motto Semper Fidelis, which is Latin for “always faithful.” This motto reminds Marines to remain faithful to the mission, to each other, to the Corps, and to country, no matter what.
These values are introduced during basic training and are reinforced and encouraged throughout an individual’s military experience. This can result in high motivation to be mission oriented and can build camaraderie between military personnel rarely seen elsewhere. Being mission oriented includes:
- Committing to the mission
- Setting high standards
- Putting the mission of the unit before the needs of the individual
- Completing tasks needed to complete the mission, despite obstacles that may arise
- Not quitting or accepting defeat
- Being disciplined and following rules
- Working together as a team
- Respecting the team leader and his or her decisions
- Leading a team effectively and motivating team members”
*Veterans Employment Toolkit Handout: www.va.gov/vetsinworkplace
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