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                 specific tasks. As the class gets started, you notice Drill Sergeant Vasbinder is sitting in front of the classroom with his feet propped up on the desk
and proceeds to teach the course in this position. He has a firm and loud commanding voice, and everyone can hear him clearly. Initially, as a new Drill Sergeant, you think that this is okay, then as you glance around the classroom, you begin to notice that the trainees, who you have been training since day one, have begun to also sit in their desks the same way that Drill Sergeant Vasbinder is seated. That is when you realize that all of the hard work and discipline that you have instilled in these trainees was just thrown out the window.
Based on this scenario, you can clearly see how body language can have either a devastating or a positive effect on the trainees and fellow peers. Drill Sergeant Vasbinder has been a respected member of the team and has trained many cycles successfully. Due to his role, he not only affected the trainees’ discipline and attitude, but he has also affected
how a new Drill Sergeant approached training
for many cycles afterward. This can have lasting repercussions for future generations in the United
States Army. As a Drill Sergeant, having positive and professional body language is something that we cannot afford to be complacent with.
It only takes seven seconds to establish a first impression. First impressions are heavily influenced by nonverbal cues than verbal cues (Carol 2017). Studies have found that nonverbal cues have over four times the impact on the appearance you make than anything you say. I have already made a wrong first impression for myself towards everyone in my NCO support channel up to the highest position on Fort Jackson, and I have not even started my tenure yet. Use my situation as an example of what not to do as a Drill Sergeant and as an NCO in the United States Army. I have personally learned a hard lesson, and I regret that it took a CSM to expose it to me to correct it.
  SSG Ginn ia a Drill Sergeant for Echo Company,
2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment, 165th Infantry Brigade.
Carol, K.G. (2018). 5 Ways Body Language Impacts Leadership Results. Forbes Magazine. https:// results/#761811d8536a
Dennis J. (2018). The Essential Importance of Trust: How to Build It or Restore it. Forbes Magazine. https://
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