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        Welcome to the Seattle Recruiting Battalion

        June 29, 2018

        Trailblazer 6 Command Philosophy

        “One of the strengths of our Army is the unique ability of our Soldiers to rise to the occasion and get the job done, no matter what the adversities or the situation, in war and peace.” ~ SMA Julius W. Gates, USA (R)

        1. The purpose of our organization:  Recruit the Strength of our Army. Make no mistake: we’re the Front End Readiness Team for the Army.  We must succeed in this exceptionally important mission because what we do, or fail to do, will impact the security and livelihood of many generations of Americans.  We must bring the right message to the right people at the right time to support the U.S. Army’s ability to WIN.

        2. What you can expect from me: Continual engagement and a commitment to provide the purpose, direction, and motivation to guide the team in accomplishing the mission, taking care of people, and improving the organization. To act in accordance with the Army Values and the personal values that have shaped everything I do:  Legacy, Loyalty. Family, Fitness, and Fun.  To value the principles of mission command by giving you the time, space, and intent required to achieve success at your level.  Finally, I will always coach/teach/mentor you to undertake self-development and execute the individual initiative to drive the mission forward.

        3. What I expect from you: We have one of the most senior organizations in the U.S. Army, because we’ve been entrusted to find the next great leaders for the Army team.  Given this purpose and your experience level, you must demonstrate outstanding maturity and consistent individual effort that is guided by accountability and compassion at every level.  Build and be a part of a winning team because getting results matters in this all-important mission. (This isn’t a “what have you done for me today” culture; it’s an “every day your efforts matter” culture.)  Demonstrate the 5 'Cs' of leadership: commitment, character, compassion, competence, and confidence.  In order for everyone to do their job well, you must recognize and fix gaps in recruiting knowledge, skills, and abilities in yourself and your teammates. This is a tough business—have thick skin and don’t get hurt feelings if you’re asked to fix a problem.  Similarly, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it, and to think before you act. There are effects at every level when you’re not at your peak performance or make an uninformed decision.  Finally, have fun with this great responsibility.  Your time in position will go by quickly and I don’t want you to look back with regret because you didn’t accept the mission wholeheartedly and embrace the people on your team.

        4. End state:  The Trailblazer Battalion meets our yearly recruiting mission to provide for the Strength of the U.S. Army while simultaneously taking care of our Family and improving the organization.

        MARK A. DAVIS
        LTC, MP



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        ATTN: Commander
        United States Army
        Seattle Recruiting Battalion
        4735 E Marginal Way S
        Seattle, WA 98134-2329

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