MAN 337.9 Journal Entry 4-6

MAN 337.9 Journal Entry 4-6 - Quinn Romasko MAN 337 Journal...

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Quinn Romasko MAN 337 Journal Entry 4-6 3/20/11 Journal Entry 4: ROTC Group Leadership Project self evaluation The purpose of this journal entry is to review a previous leadership opportunity, identify my mistakes for areas of improvements and strengths specific to ROTC and then to our course concepts. In a few months, I will be placed in a similar environment and will be scrutinized on performance so improvement is crucial. Basically for this drill, the 90 or so cadets of our wing were all assigned roles at a fake base that was attacked. Three were put into a position of leadership for recovery. I was head medic placed in charge of 12 of the 25 “functional” cadets. Our mission was simply to treat/haul/ report the 30-40 wounded cadets in order of critical need. When we began, I forgot to appoint a second in command and focused too little on our plan of action. Also, I had no accountability for my men, several of whom ended up dying. During the first round, I told my 4 medics to spread out to find the critically wounded airmen and then raise an arm to signal 2 of 8 carriers to take them to the hospital. This was incredibly inefficient because we had no way to track who had been checked. Also, it seemed that none of my carriers could be found and some were stolen for other tasks. Finally, with all Group Leadership Projects (GLPs) there is purposefully some ambiguity in the instructions and usually surprise crises. In this case I was told during the event that my wounded were confused with dead, that I needed to report critically wounded and dead, and there were also a few post traumatic stress difficulties and suicides. In short, we failed for several reasons. Most importantly was that I lacked a strong plan of action. In the initial moments of prepping my team, I needed to devote more time and thought into cohesion, accountability and the plan. I assumed that because all medics were aware of what needed to be done, and carriers were self explanatory that I could focus on other things. A very important thing for me to remember was my initial frustration with cadet performance. However, drawing help from Maxwell it is crucial to recall that everything falls on the leader. So if 12 intelligent cadets are all confused, it is probably not their fault. This was a perfect example of the importance of a leader as someone to rally behind and direct usable skills. The second round was a little better. Although my only feedback was that performance was poor, we were able to discuss things again. I received the suggestion to mark cadets by removing their hats and placing them in a particular position based on their condition. This way was more effective but our haulers still had a difficult time. I assigned a specific medic to control
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the post traumatic stress victims also. I was thoroughly confused about how to report casualties and though I do not think anyone noticed, I lost my composure. Again I forgot to assign a second in command. Next I tried to do some of the carrying/medic work myself. Literally the first time I
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