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                  Mask Your Feelings
SSG Donald McFadden
  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that the public wear face masks and maintain
social distance to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Something as simple as a cloth mask can help eliminate the spread of the current pandemic. Many individuals are asymptomatic and don’t realize that just because they don’t experience any symptoms personally doesn’t mean that they are free to travel without causing harm to others. The CDC says we all should wear masks in public settings. Public settings are hazardous because we come into contact with so many people, and at times it can become difficult to maintain social distance. As
a Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Army, it is my duty to protect this country from harm. Most people think my job is to protect the country in terms of war as an adversary holds a weapon in close combat. My job is to protect this country, but protecting this country can also be done by only wearing a mask properly.
No one is more professional than I. I am a Noncommissioned Officer, a leader of Soldiers. As a Noncommissioned Officer, Drill Sergeant, and leader of Soldiers, it is imperative to set the standard. At times a Drill Sergeant is the first impression that a trainee has of what a Soldier should be. It is not uncommon for a trainee to aspire to be like their Drill Sergeant, at times even emulating the mannerisms and phrases of said
individuals. With so many young men and women looking to their Drill Sergeants for guidance, one must be extremely careful about leading trainees in the right direction.
The Army defines leadership as the process of influencing people by providing purpose, direction, and motivation. As we analyze the state that our country is in during this pandemic, it becomes evident that our goal right now is to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and eliminate unnecessary harm throughout the world. The direction is clear and concise; maintain social distance and make sure your mask covers your mouth and nose. The motivation varies for each individual, but I think we can all agree that we don’t want to see our
loved ones suffer. Now that we have established the purpose, direction, and motivation, we can take leadership a step further.
The Army has seven core values, and they are summed up in the acronym leadership. The seven core Army values include loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. The Army does not want Soldiers just to know the Army Values; the Army wants Soldiers to live the Army Values. As soldiers, we must learn the Army Values, break down each Army Value’s meaning, and establish how to implement each Army Value in our lives.
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