My military career has been defined by many examples of both positive and negative leadership that have all left indelible impressions. Though today I am an ensign in the Coast Guard, I began my service as a Marine recruit 15 years ago at Parris Island, South Carolina, stepping off a bus from Beaufort County Airport and onto those infamous yellow footprints, so neatly positioned in close-order interval, with 30 or so other naïve young souls about to cross the Rubicon. As we made our way into the looming recruit receiving building we passed under the large metal sign emblazoned with the words that would serve as our first greeting to this place: “Through these portals pass prospects for America’s finest fighting force, United States Marines.” Those words still make me pensive.
Leadership Forum - Great Leaders Are Taught, Not Born
By Ensign Timothy Sargent, U.S. Coast Guard