CMDCM Messages - Get Onboard!
There have been a lot of complaints regarding CPO-365 training... let us be the first to say this... complaints received and acknowledged... you have been heard!!!!
Now it's time to move forward and get onboard with this training program to ensure that we are leading, developing, mentoring, and preparing the FCPO Mess to assume the next higher paygrade... this concept is nothing new...
Most of you know that I am steeped in tradition and love history, I want to give you some (real brief) content that we as a chiefs mess have had as part of our heritage and history for the last 119 years.
From the BJM of 1916 (a Talk with the Chief Petty Officer). "As a chief petty officer you are an expert in the details of your department. Unless you recognize that it is your duty to instruct your juniors and unless you do instruct them, and unless you endeavor to inculcate in them the knowledge of how things should be done, of how they should conduct themselves, you will have failed in your duties."
From MCPON CAMPA: Define the First Class PO's role in Deckplate Leadership. Challenge each First Class PO to be engaged in their career. Prepare the First Class Mess for CPO Induction.
FORMC Penningtons comments to the Mess in 2005: By our positions that we hold we are all held responsible for the changes in the training season and the appropriate conduct during the season. This responsibility cannot be delegated. To ensure we capture the true spirit of this change we must be engaged an active in every event. We must ensure each member of the mess grasp the vision, purpose, and intent of the focus on training. I encourage you to have fun during the season but not at the expense of a selectee. Our goal is to welcome into our community and impart in them the tools and values in them that will ensure their success as leaders. Over the years our training process has change and it has been for the better and the tradition that has evolved is a focus on building a more well rounded leader. We can all be proud of that and we all have a valuable role to the leaders of tomorrow.
From the Chief Petty officers Creed
6. In your future as a Chief Petty Officer you will be forced to endure adversity far beyond that imposed upon you today. You must face each
challenge and adversity with the same dignity and good grace you demonstrated today.
Bwahahaha - Get over it!
I know most of you never hear anything from me, I just had to stick my nose in this. I put on my anchors in 1993, yes I am old.
I have seen a bunch of changes to the process through the years and with every change Chiefs have said "we might as well just have a dinner and pin them on".
Truth is, I think the process is more demanding today than when I went through it. There was little focus on the skills people actually need to be a good Chief. I took a bunch of butt chewing, physical challenges and got little information on the new demands I faced.
On the plus side, the focus was on one on one meeting with Chiefs to sign my book. If I listened I got something useful out of it, if not, it was just a waste of time. Just going through initiation, induction, transition or whatever you want to call it, may have allowed you to put on your anchors, but it did not make you an effective Chief.
Over the first couple of years, the mess continued to bring you along. If you had a clue you looked back on your first couple of years and said "what was I thinking!?!".
That is how we all learned the real deal. I have faith in the mess Navy-wide to continue making the process useful and meaningful to everyone involved.
If I can deal with these changes as long as I have been around, I hope you all can too.
Take care all, Jim
UCCM(SCW) A.J. Lampman