Retirement Guys: What kind of a soldier are you?Written by Nolan Baker Mark Clair | | firstname.lastname@example.org
As Memorial Day approaches, we think about all the men and women that have died in service to our country. We remember them and as a country, take the attitude that they did not die in vain. They died so that we might enjoy freedom and all the benefits our country has to offer. The holiday originally started out as Decoration Day, which commemorated all of the soldiers that died in the Civil War. It later was extended to recognize those who have died in any kind of military service.
I (Mark) sometimes wonder how many people even realize what the holiday is about. For those that have not as a family somehow experienced or been affected by war, it may not hit home or even register emotionally. For those that have lost a family member it may bring back painful memories and remind them of their loss. Those folks I am sure have a much higher level of appreciation of what our soldiers have fought for and what it has helped accomplish.
If have not served in the military in the past, what kind of soldier would you be? What are some common characteristics that make a good soldier? There was a discussion of this question online and here are a few of the conclusions:
Dependability – Certainty in performance of duty.
Courage – Recognizing fear of danger (or criticism), but proceeds in the face of it with calmness and firmness.
Decisiveness – Ability to make decisions promptly and to announce them in clear, forceful manner.
Endurance – mental and physical stamina.
Enthusiasm – Interest and exuberance in performance of duty.
Integrity – Soundness of moral principles -includes truthfulness and honesty.
Judgment – Weigh facts and possible solutions on which to base sound decisions.
Justice – Able to administer a system of rewards and punishments impartially and consistently.
Knowledge – Both professional and “people skills.”
Tact – Deal with others without creating offense.
Unselfishness – Avoid providing for one’s own comfort and personal advancement at the expense of others.
Loyalty – Faithfulness to country, corps, unit, to one’s seniors, subordinates and peers.
When I look at this list that is surely not all-inclusive of everything you need to be, I think that as flawed humans most of us would not fit what is required. I think I would be a pretty good soldier, but I would really have to push myself to exhibit the required qualities in order to get the job done.
Here at The Retirement Guys, we have been talking about teamwork a lot lately. Assembling a team of unique skills and talents and all working together towards a common goal. While that goal is important—helping our clients plan for a great retirement, it seems minor when comparing it to something that may require the sacrifice of your life. The comparison relates more to the willingness to work together with others as a cohesive unit to help accomplish a goal, whether the contribution is major or minor. My partner Nolan Baker is a former United States Marine. He did some important work as an electrician during the time he served. He often mentions though, that if his superior officer told him to change a light bulb, he was right on it. He was dependable.
As we think about Memorial Day and those that have died, let’s do it with a renewed appreciation for what has been done for us. Let’s ask ourselves, what kind of soldier would I have been? Let’s also decide to consider all of the necessary characteristics and do our best to apply them to our current lives as soldiers for families and whatever we stand for. Let’s be good soldiers for our husbands, wives, children, grandchildren and friends. Somehow, I think that is what those that have died for us on the battlefield would have wanted. Have a great Memorial Day, and when you think Retirement, think The Retirement Guys.
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