A Good Officer
... is hard to find 'cause there're too damned few!
A good officer walks quietly, speaks softly, and
carries a big stick ... and he probably won't ever need
to use it, because everyone knows he has it.
A good officer sets a fine example, leads from
the front, and doesn't interfere with the way his sergeants run
A good officer knows when to shut-up, ignore
The Book, and take advice from the people who actually
do the job.
A good officer doesn't demand that the
little people get along with him, because he gets along
with his people.
A good officer cares more about clean weapons
than clean floors, regular exercise than regular inspections,
complete gear than complete paperwork, and group effort than
A good officer checks and double-checks, so none
of the little things will cause the big things to fail.
A good officer provides hot food, cold beer, and
rest whenever needed ... which is less often than the troops may
A good officer knows which rules to break in
order to accomplish the mission, and does so vigorously.
A good officer isn't afraid to get into
fistfights over his unit's pride.
A good officer knows that respect must be given
to be received, that trust must be earned, and that honor belongs
to every rank.
A good officer sweats, so his men won't have to
A good officer defends his men whenever
necessary, and is willing to be defeated with them.
A good officer is rarely promoted to the highest
ranks, because of all the bad officers.
A good officer believes in Death Before