Command Philosophy


ATCC-FFM-SSM                                                                                            19 August 2011



MEMORANDUM FOR Cadre and Cadets, THE University of Southern Mississippi


SUBJECT:  Command Philosophy 



1.  Mission.  The University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagle Battalion recruits, retains, develops and commissions the future leadership of the Army and motivates young people to become better citizens.


2.  Vision.  We recruit, retain, develop and commission quality Scholar / Athlete / Leaders who are competent, confident, adaptable, and agile and demonstrate leadership and initiative, physical and mental toughness, Army Values, and Warrior Ethos.  We will succeed through a focused recruiting campaign involving all cadre, cadets and alumni, sequential and progressive outcomes based training, and setting the example through our embodiment and daily representation of the Army values.  Quality is more important than quantity, but quality recruitment and development will result in increased quantity, and that is our major improvement goal.    


3.  Recruiting.  We are all representatives and spokespersons for the Army and as such will always display a professional appearance and attitude.  Quality Cadets will attract more quality Cadets.  Quality always takes precedence over quantity.


      a.  Cadre.  All Cadre are recruiters and will assist in the recruiting effort.  Cadre will get involved with the community and be seen on campus.  Sell ROTC and the Army to everyone you meet (school counselors, coaches, college faculty, community leaders, students).  Instructor Cadre will refer more deliberate recruiting efforts to the Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO). 


      b.  Cadets.  Cadets should execute recruiting operations as they interact with the USM campus.  Look for prospects in your classes.  Be prepared to discuss the benefits and parts of the ROTC program to everyone you meet.  Cadets receive points in their accessions packets for bringing quality referrals into the ROTC program. 


4.  Retention.  Many of our retention and development items overlap – benefit both parts of our mission. 


a.  Retain quality Cadets by having a top quality program.  Make all training fun and exciting.  AAR every event – continually improve.


b.  Cadet mentorship program.  We will establish a Cadet mentorship program led by the MSL4 cadets.  Each MSL IV cadet will have a group that consists of Cadets for each year group (MSL III, MSL II, and MSL I).  Organize these groups by similar academic majors for additional mentorship and assistance. 


      c.  We will lead from the front.  We represent the U.S. Army and must show the community what “right” looks like both on and off duty.


      d.  Counsel your Cadets.  Give them performance oriented and developmental counseling.  Tell them specifically what they did well or poorly.  Provide a path for sustainment and improvement.  Assess their potential for future leadership position.  Document your counseling efforts.


4.  Developing.  We will train and develop the Cadets to not only be successful at Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), but also to provide the foundation for their future service as a professional Army Officer.  We will execute sequential and progressive training with each training event/year building upon lessons learned from previous training.  When tasks are repeated they are performed under increasing levels of difficulty and stress.  We will focus our development in three key areas:  . 


           a.  Physical Fitness.  PT is the most important training we will conduct routinely during the week and we must provide a first class physical fitness program.  Cadre and Advanced Course Cadets must be able to lead, conduct, and complete unit runs and physical training sessions.  Physical fitness is an essential component of military duty and leadership.  Fitness includes many factors such a strength, endurance, diet, and lifestyle.  We will train our Cadets to develop fitness habits that will last a lifetime. 


           b.  Leadership Development Program.  Golden Eagle Cadre and MS IV Cadets will strictly adhere to the USACC Leader Development Program.  We will ensure our coaching, teaching, and mentoring provides constructive feedback to Cadets during and following their leadership positions. 


           c.  Leadership Labs.  These events are critical in the development (and retention) of quality Cadets as they practice and experience Army skills.  These events must be well organized to ensure quality training. 


5.  Commission.  The Golden Eagle Battalion will execute professional commissioning ceremonies.  These are once in a lifetime events and provide examples for the Cadets and the community of our history, traditions and customs. 


Support JROTC.  Our Senior ROTC program will support our assigned Junior ROTC schools.  We will provide periodic communication, visits and assistance as necessary.  This relationship will ensure that we (both programs) build better citizens for our Nation. 


7.  Combat Readiness (Safety).  Our Battalion will incorporate safety into everything we do.  We must work composite risk management on a daily basis.  Cadre and cadets alike must fully understand how to craft realistic training while mitigating the risk involved.  Leaders must be diligent in protecting our Cadre, Cadets and Civilians off-duty as well, by conducting safety briefings, POV inspections, and the use of TRiPS.  A key element of risk reduction and mitigation is leaders who enforce standards and discipline.  Safety and risk management are leader business and an inherent responsibility of leaders.     


7.  What I believe in.


      a.  Do the right thing legally, morally, and ethically, all the time, even when no one is watching.  Never violate your honor and integrity.  When confronted with a challenge to your integrity, ethics, morals, or legality – do what is right.


      b.  Making mistakes.  If you make a mistake, it’s OK.  Admit the mistake, accept responsibility, learn from it and do not make the same mistake a second time. 


      c.  Coach, teach, and mentor.  Cadre must provide our Cadets with their own tactics, techniques, and procedures.  This will give practical tried and failed methods to start from. 


      d.  The Army has established doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures for doing business.  Start from there. 


      e.  Accountability.  Be accountable for your actions, whereabouts, decisions, etc.


      f.  Awards and recognition.  Everyone likes to be recognized for their hard work. 


      g.  Communication – both written and verbal – be proficient in your both forms of Army communication. 


      h.  Work hard, play hard.  Work hard to align your professional and personal priorities.  You will provide the right example and perform better. 


      i.  Positive attitude.  Maintain a sense of humor! 


8.  What I do not like. 


      a.  Misuse of email.  Do not overuse it.  Use it for information dissemination to more than one person, putting out taskings, etc.  However, get up and go down the hall as needed.  If you receive an email with a tasking, request, etc, acknowledge receipt so the other person knows you have received the email. 


      b.  Not carrying your share of the load.  I have little patience for those I perceive as not working to their potential and not giving 100%.  Do not skip out of work during the duty day.  Make sure someone knows where you are going and how long you estimate you will be away from the building. 


      c.  Out of date flyers and/or message boards.  I do not like seeing a flyer for an event and finding out that it occurred in the past.  It demonstrates poor management skills by that organization. 


      d.  Whiners and complainers.  Don’t whine when it gets a little tough.  Don’t complain about something if you don’t have a recommendation of how to “fix” it.      


      e.  Overweight and out of shape leaders.  Leaders lead by example.  I have little patience for leaders that do not have the drive, dedication, and professionalism to train themselves and adhere to Army standards, let alone leading our Soldiers.


      f.  Leaders who will not make on-the-spot corrections.  If you don’t make the correction, you have set a new standard.  Uphold the Army standards.


      g.  Excessive cussing.  It is not professional.  Use more creative methods to show your emotions. 


9.  The Golden Eagle Battalion has commissioned 1,532 Lieutenants for the US Army!  I look forward to leading the recruitment, retention, development and commission efforts in the future. 






                                                                                JOSEPH E. WORLEY, JR.

                                                                                LTC, AG

                                                                                Professor of Military Science