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Period2:

KaitlanBui,ChaseVriend
KhanhNguyen,KylieBriggs

NJROTCFINALESSAY
AsaunitedNJROTCunit,wefacedmultiplechallengestogetherduring
thecourseofthe20152016schoolyear.Althoughweaccomplishedmanythings,
receivedcountlessawards,anddroveourselvestowardsuccess,therestillwere,
undeniably,problemswithintheunit.Someofthesetroublestouchedindividual
relationships,whileothersgreatlyaffectedtheentiretyoftheunit.Threeexamplesof
theseriousproblemstheunitwasforcedtodealwiththisyearwerecommunication,the
abuseofpower,andbadfollowership.Althoughsomeoftheseissues,liketheabuseof
powerandbadfollowership,didnotreflecteveryindividualscontribution,theycaused
dissensionintheunitandthereforepulleddownthepotentialofPacificaNJROTC
duringtheyear.However,therearepotentialsolutionsfortheseproblems,andifwe
standfirmandworkhard,onedaytheywillbeerased.
Asstatedabove,oneofthemajorproblemswefacedthisyearwasthat
ofcommunication.Manytimes,cadetsareinformedtoolateaboutevents.Becauseof
latenotices,cadetsdonothavetimetoplan,andthereforefewareabletomakeitto
theevent.Forexample,signupsheetswerepostedjusttwodaysbeforetheactual
event.Inordertofixthis,aproposedsolutionistoputasignupsheetontheboardat
leastaweekinadvance,andhavespecificdetailsreadywiththatsignupsheet.
AnotherareawherewelackcommunicationwithintheunitinvolvesaccesstothePOW.
Additionally,someofthecadetsdonthaveFacebooksotheydonothaveaccesstothe
POW.Cadetsneedtoknowtheknowledgequestionsthattheirclassleaderswillask
duringinspections,butwithoutaccesstothePOW,thatisnearlyimpossible.The

Period2:
KaitlanBui,ChaseVriend
KhanhNguyen,KylieBriggs
scheduleoftheweekisalsoincludedonthePOW,andifacadetisunabletoaccessit,
itposesahugeproblem.OnewaywecandemolishthisproblemisbyputtingthePOW
ontheboard.AnothertowayfixthisproblemisemailingorsendingaRemindtextto
ourcadets.
Anothermajorissuewehadtotacklethisyearwastheabuseofpower,
specificallyfromsomehigherrankingofficerstolowrankcadets.Thiswasnota
problemthatreflectedtheactionsofallhigherrankingcadets,buteversosmall,itstill
promotedequallybadbehaviorinthecadetsandcausedtensionwithintheunit.An
anonymouscadetspokeofaninstancewherehewasaffectedbythismisuseof
authority:whileusingtheweightroomtoexercise,hewasinstructedbyanofficerto
giveupthebenchpresshewascurrentlyusingtotheofficer.Theofficeralso
threatenedthattherewouldbeconsequencesfornotobeyinghiscommands.Thissmall
acttheunnamedofficercarriedoutcauseddivisionintheNJROTCunitbetweenthose
ofhigherranksandthoseoflowerranks.Althoughthoseofhigherrankingdeserve
respectfortheirhardwork,wemustworkasaunittoensurethatthisrespectisnot
misused.WemustmaintainthehonorofPacificasNJROTCprogram.Inthesmall
instanceswherepowerismisused,wemustfindhelpfulsolutionstofixthem.A
potentialsolutionthatcanbeimplementednextyearwouldbeanewsystemtohelp
thoseoflowerranknotifyotherofficers,theBigSix,andtheinstructorsofleadership
problemsthatarehidden.Cadetswouldwriteanonymousnotesandturnthemin
whenanysimilarproblemsarise.However,aproblemwiththissystemwouldbethat
cadetsmisuseitandlieaboutofficerspurposely.

Period2:
KaitlanBui,ChaseVriend
KhanhNguyen,KylieBriggs
Notonlywerethereproblemsinvolvingpower,buttherewereissueswith
followership.Again,thisproblemdidnotreflecttheactionsofallcadets,butinmany
instances,itdividedtheconceptofteamworkandencouragedbadbehavior.Many
times,therewasresistancetothoseofhigherrank.Thereweremanycaseswhere
disrespectandapathywereshown.Forexample,acadetbeingcorrectedbyanofficer
saidanoffensivecommentandactedtotheofficerinarude,demeaningway.Awayto
fixthisproblemwouldbetomorestronglyimplementtheconsequencesofreportchits,
andemphasizethebadnessofreceivingareportchit.Toomanytimes,cadetsskip
outontheirDRBs,donotsigntheirreportchits,orfindanotherwaytocheatthe
system.Parentinvolvementwouldalsopotentiallysolvethisproblem:updatingparents
throughemailoftheirchildsbadbehaviorintheunit,andnotifyingthemoftheirchilds
intendedabsencestomeetingslikeDRBs.
Communication,theabuseofpower,andbadfollowershipposedmany
problemsintheunitthis20152016schoolyear.Whilethelackofgoodcommunication
createdconfusionanddisorganization,theabuseofpowerandbadfollowershipcreated
seriousissuesanddividedtheunit.Tocombattheseproblems,weasaunitmustwork

togetherandfightthecurrent.Then,andonlythenwillwebetrulysuccessful.