Ask Chad about Careers, Part 1 |
By Chad Sowash | chief experience officer at RecruitMilitary and a former infantry drill sergeant in the United States Army |
Published in the March/April 2010 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Because you have served in the United States Military, you have several advantages over your non-military civilian counterparts. In this article, I would like to talk about Creed, the strong belief system by which a person and/or organization is guided.
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen. and Marines are infused with a purpose and creed on day one of the job—setting them apart from the civilian/business world. For starters, can you imagine walking into work on your first day working for a Fortune 500 company and being asked to memorize the company’s creed? Of course you can, because it was a mandate in your military position. You were forced to abide by a higher law and set of standards. Many civilians would laugh at such a gesture because they are not forced to meld a coordinated creed into their business lives.
How does creed make a difference? One of the very first items a new trainee must learn and memorize when arriving at the Fort Benning Reception Battalion—even before officially starting Army Basic Training—is The Soldier’s Creed.
I am an American Soldier.
I am a Warrior and a member of a team. I serve the people of the United States and live the Army Values.
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.
I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills. I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.
I am an expert and I am a professional.
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and DESTROY the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.
I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.
I am an American Soldier. HOOAH!
On day one, this creed helps military trainees (employees) understand what they must do to become a professional in the United State Army. This creed is more than just a belief for it is a way of living, which includes expectations for all soldiers to live by after basic training, in combat or even after leaving the military completely.
Many transition from military to civilian life and lose this “sense of creed” or “sense of purpose,” because in many cases, it does not exist on the outside. So, I give this small piece of guidance when transitioning back into the civilian world. Sit down by yourself, with your family, and/or with your employer and create a creed. Remember: just because you do not have a crusty old Top or Gunny reminding you does not mean it’s not important.