- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capt. Lucas Balke writes in the September issue of the Marine Corps Gazette that there are 10 things he wishes someone had told him when he was a lieutenant. (I really like “what I’ve learned” articles, and I also am happy to highlight this article because I’ve been hard on the poor old Gazette in recent years.) Here they are:
- Plan now to command a company.
- Start collecting PME items.
- Read 10 pages a day.
- Become an expert regarding one battle.
- Start constructing your “perfect” field exercise.
- Enable your Marines to be self-sufficient.
- Prepare your Marines to be dismounted infantrymen.
- Trust your NCOs.
- Be prepared to fight tomorrow’s counterinsurgency.
- Learn to train for free.
Tom again: What do you wish you’d known before taking your current position?