Magazine article Army

SoldierSpeak

Magazine article Army

SoldierSpeak

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On Promotions

"We have some of the lowest promotion rates that we've had in a while. We're going to reduce those [retention control points] back down to where they were ... to stimulate promotions," said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey, speaking to 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky.

On Cheap Solutions

"If the Army supports and funds the ability for that infantry platoon leader on the ground to rapidly fabricate a solution with his organic elements ... then we can save lots of time and money," said Capt. Brent Chapman, a member of the Strategic Initiatives Group at the U.S. Military Academy's Army Cyber Institute, who built a drone-stopping rifle for $150 in parts.

On Being Part of a Team

"One of the things I have come to count on most in this life is that those who try to run alone often fail to succeed," said Maj. John Grauer, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, who teamed with three other Army chaplains to run an ultramarathon. "As a team we can endure what we never could as individuals; we encourage each other to be better, push harder and to endure."

On Joint Education

"We need to expose our junior noncommissioned officers and petty officers sooner to better opportunities for joint education. What we get by broadening that leader is a better asset to the service as well as the joint force," said Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in an address to the crew of the aircraft carrier George Washington in Norfolk, Va. …

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