Small unit leadership is the heart of the military. This phrase often is spoken to Marines and Sailors. Its weight and importance are grasped by some, misunderstood by others, and not even acknowledged by an unfortunate number of service members.I never heard the phrase in boot camp, or at A-School at Fort Sam Houston, or even at Field Medical Training Battalion at Camp Lejeune. I did not even hear it at my first permanent duty station where I spent two years learning the foundation of my duties as a hospital corpsman. It was when I executed my first permanent change of station and checked into 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, that I learned how small unit leaders drive our operating forces.
From the Deckplates—Small Unit Leaders Are Our Backbone
By Hospital Corpsman Third Class Ryan Zieno, U.S. Navy