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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #50 on: June 10, 2006, 20:15:35 »
55. NEVER LIE. I don't care if you had relations with a nun in a pew. Tell me the truth. It will be far easier on you than when I inevitably discover the truth. And I can never trust you again. The Army runs on accountability and reliability. If you are a liar, you have neither.

56. Never quit. I don't care if you have to drag yourself by your fingernails. Never quit. You can feel pride in a poor performance if it took everything you had, but you will only feel shame if you quit.

57. Always give 100%. Whether it's a ruckmarch or a party. Give everything you have.
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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #51 on: June 10, 2006, 20:30:31 »
---------------take care of your kit.........it's yours.  From underwear to Gas maks...take care of it, and dont lose it.
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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #52 on: June 10, 2006, 20:34:51 »
58.   Duty first; you and your fun/recreation/sleep last.  For aspiring junior officers/NCOs: learn to manage your time.  There is so much to be done every day, especially in the field and you have to make sure it is all done and done correctly before you eat, sleep or whatever.

59.   Watch the booze.  We all (well many of us, anyway) enjoy a pint or six with our friends.  There is a time and a place for it.  Be careful when enjoying a drink with superiors.  Booze loosens the tongue and inhibitions and you may end up giving verbal evidence of your own stupidity.

60.   The army is a team.  You are a team member – even, perhaps especially when you lead the team.

61.   Learn, LEARN, LEARN!  You never know enough about anything – especially the thing in which you have just been declared expert.  When it is your turn: Teach, TEACH, TEACH!  Postings to schools are sometimes unpopular; they shouldn’t be – usually only good people are selected for tours as instructors; if you are selected go and do the best damn job you can – and be proud of it.
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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #53 on: June 10, 2006, 20:35:54 »
59.  Don`t be an *** kisser.  Nobody like them, and nice people like me will let your peers know that you are one, to your face and  in public - then I get to sit back and watch the finger to chest chats start.

60.  Keep your feet hard and if you can`t, learn how to look after them properly if something happens.  Talk to a good medic or old infantry salt to learn how - if your feet are in bad shape, you and your buddies are in fact screwed.

61.  Learn to use a condom properly - a condom a day keeps scrub boy away (ie - me) - whether you`re sober, drunk or in the dark in some car somewhere, know how to get one on properly.  It`ll save you some pain and embarrassment in the future.  This also applies to girls.

62.  Ditto the tobasco or one of those multi spice jars - keeps your bowels moving and makes food oh so much better.

BTW - good idea para.

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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #54 on: June 10, 2006, 20:47:36 »
63. No matter what you do, someone will think you are cool, and someone else will consider you a fool. But, you have to look yourself in the eye every morning when you shave.

64. Learn what is important. Your Word, your Duty, your Family. These things are irreplaceable. Material items can be purchased or replaced.

65. Buy, don't rent. Especially land. God stopped making it, so it can only go up in value.

66. RRSPs and Mutual Funds are investments. Beer and cigarettes aren't. Strippers and hookers are not tax-deductible.
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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #55 on: June 10, 2006, 20:51:13 »
67.   Think before you speak.  We know you were the top dog in your cadet corps; we don’t much care about what you did; we want to know what you can do.  Actions speak louder than words.
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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #56 on: June 10, 2006, 20:53:50 »
Great advice, and great idea Para.

And I have a couple of peices of advice, I may not have been in long, but I learn fast.

68. Waterproof everything.

69. pay attention when someone senior or more experenced says "this is important, write this down, remember this for later etc" no matter how trivial it may seem.

70. Get a sense of humor, and try to keep it no matter how shitty life seems at the time.

71. learn the difference between good and bad advice. get a second opinion if your not sure.
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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #57 on: June 10, 2006, 21:04:14 »
72.  Don't be a "blade".  A blade is like a rat, someone who shirks responsibility for their actions, or inactions and points the finger at someone else.  They are also the ones that lie, mislead, stuff like that to try to make themselves look squeeky clean.  Your Cpl/MCpl/Sgt/WO will see right thru, if not immediately, sooner than later.  Once you are labelled a blade, it is hard to shake and you are NOT going to like it.  Hand in hand with "not being a blade" is loyalty...to your section/platoon/whatever. 

73.  If you are former Reserve, DO NOT get to your Reg Frce unit and say "well at Unit X, we did it like this".  You are not there anymore. 


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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #58 on: June 10, 2006, 21:07:28 »
For young officers:
  Your idea is probably not new. If the old hands tell you it won't work, listen to them.  Bear in mind that you hold your position for a year, and are probably his 6th or 7th troop/pl Comd.  He knows it won't work, because he's tried it 6 or 7 times.
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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #59 on: June 10, 2006, 21:09:22 »
73b.  And if you are a current reserve, attached to a RegF unit, don't assume that just because you are the same rank as buddy next to you, that you are equals.  YOU'RE NOT (usually).  Respect his TI and experience, and learn from it.
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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #60 on: June 10, 2006, 21:11:24 »
73c.  Prove yourself through actions, not words, and your own TI and experience will also be respected.  Either way, you will be remembered when you return for another deployment.

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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #61 on: June 10, 2006, 21:17:14 »
74. You don’t need a tricked-out sports car, Yamasushi rice-rocket, or monster-truck 4x4 right now. What you need is cheap and reliable transportation. The money you save on payments and fuel now, can go towards paying CASH for your dream-machine later.

75. Listen to your MCpls, they want you to succeed. Likewise the Cpls and senior Privates in your platoon. They’re acting out of enlightened self-interest. If you screw up, they have to take up your slack, and spend all their time baby-sitting.
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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #62 on: June 10, 2006, 21:30:29 »
A few from me - from a different perspective...

74.  At the beginning, you’re nothing special.  The fat old guy in front of you has seen hundreds, if not thousands of soldiers before you.  You get “special” with experience - respect is earned.

75.  Unsolicited ideas are appreciated, especially if they make everyone’s life easier or contribute to success.  Sarcastic “I know better than you” advice or constant bright ideas are annoying and will earn you the wrath of your superiors.

76.  Helping the new officer out is never a bad thing; blading him is. Remember, despite the bumbling newbie he might be now, he may well be a grizzled old Major with a good memory someday.

77.  When deploying, listen to the clerks and ask questions about your benefits if you don’t understand.  Make certain you know where your money is going.

78.    You’re not “on tour” until your boots hit the ground in theatre.  Politicians decide when/where we deploy, not the Army, and missions have been cancelled with zero notice before.  If your mission is cancelled, suck it up and soldier on – there’ll be another one.  Don’t spend tour money before you’ve earned it.

79.  “Snivvel kit” isn’t.  Being comfortable contributes to your own operational effectiveness; any idiot can be miserable.

80.  Don’t buy a big honking knife.  You won’t need it and you’ll look stupid.

81.  Remember that you – or your older buddies – just may not have the “big picture”.

82.  It’s every soldier’s right to complain, but there’s a fine line between complaining and whining.  Try not to cross it.

83.  In the field (or on operations), your officer is scrambling trying to get everything done – stuff you don’t even have to think about until you hit MCpl and stuff you normally don’t even get to see.  While you’re worrying about when you’re on radio watch, he’s worrying about how not to get you killed.

84.  Barrack-room lawyers are usually wrong.

85.  If you’re hurt in training, tell someone.  It might be cool to soldier on, but you’ll regret it 10-15 years from now.
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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #63 on: June 10, 2006, 21:34:30 »
86.  One Man - One Kit.  Make sure that you take care of your kit.  If you are not using it, put it back where you got it.  If you got it out of your ruck, put it back into your ruck.  If you got it off your vehicle, restow it.  If you got it out of your closet, put it back.  You'll never loose kit if you take care of it.

87.  Buy a house.  If you are tired of the shacks, don't rent an apartment, buy a house.  The mortgage will probably be less than the rent.  Get a fair size house and have a couple of friends move in with you and pay you rent or share the mortgage.  If you are married, buy a house, don't live in the PMQs or an apartment.  If you buy a house, by the time you retire, you will own a house.  One of two things will happen:  1.  You will be mortgage free or close to it; or 2. You will own a house, that you will be able to sell and purchase another (if not put a decent down payment on another) wherever you want to move to on Retirement.

88.  Don't live in the Qs and buy that big car, a SUV, a snowmobile, an ATV, a camper and yacht.  When you retire, you'll have to sell it all to get a mortgage on a house.

89.  Enjoy as many Tours and Courses as you can when you are single, it is a lot harder when you are married.

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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #64 on: June 10, 2006, 21:49:28 »
90. Keep in mind, there is a fine line between “hard” and “stupid”. Learn to recognize that line before you cross it. It’s uglier on the wrong side.

91. There is a difference between “hurt” and “hurting”. When things get rough, EVERYONE is hurting. That is when you cowboy up and drive on. When you are hurt, you become a liability to your platoon. Learn to recognize the difference, and not cross that line.
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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #65 on: June 10, 2006, 22:14:48 »
92. stay the hell away from drugs. Period.
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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #66 on: June 10, 2006, 23:45:06 »
93.  If you wouldn't want your Mother to know what you're about to do - it's probably wrong - don't do it.
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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #67 on: June 10, 2006, 23:53:12 »
94.  When you chose the action, you also chose the consequences.  (CWO Surridge)
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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #68 on: June 10, 2006, 23:59:49 »
95. Swearing is not an "Army thing". Actually, it makes you look pretty stupid when you are home on leave and ask her to "Pass the f*ckin' peas" Not every second word has to be an expletive, you may want to have kids one day and, trust me, your wide will not appreciate Johnny or Janie being sent home from pre school for expanding the other kids vocabulary.
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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #69 on: June 11, 2006, 00:08:29 »
96. All Range time is time well spent. "A bad day on the Range beats a great day in Garrison.

97.Learn your weapon be your weapon if it's a C7 know everything you can on it, if it's a M777 the same applies. Your life and your sections may someday count on it!.
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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #70 on: June 11, 2006, 00:30:51 »
Wow, great thread...I, too, am copying this into a Word doc.

One thing I hear hubby say alot:

98. Time spent on recce is never time wasted, though you will never get that time back, you will be that much smarter for it.
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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #71 on: June 11, 2006, 02:27:28 »
99. Fail to plan, plan to fail.

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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #72 on: June 11, 2006, 08:18:19 »
100. Don't feel bad or get angry for doing a little extra. Chances are someone else important is watching and taking notice. So what if your peers choose to be a little slack. Doesn't mean you have to be and more importantly, you know you're being the best soldier that you can be.

101. Everyone has the ability to be a good soldier. Some may require a bit more effort and determination but everyone can get there. Don't try to be a great soldier from the start; learn to be a good one before aspiring to be a great one. Once you realized that you stopped trying to be the best soldier that you can be, question why you are still in the army and wearing the uniform.

102. You don't have to like everyone that you work with, but you must work with him/her as a team because you two might be in life and death situation together.

103. There is a line between teasing and malicious attacks. Joking is fine but when a buddy says stop, stop. You're not doing his morale any good. Likewise, learn to grow some thick skin. Army humour can be rough at times and the boys (and girls) are usually just kidding, not meaning to hurt you.

104. People may respect your rank, but not you. Don't ever assume that because you have a certain rank, you are automatically given respect to you personally. Respect is earned, not given.

105. Don't resent if someone with equal rank or lesser rank is put in authority position over you. Chances are someone up the chain did it on purpose and you're not going to make the job any easier by being resentful of it.

106. If you're going to challenge someone who is in higher position than you, remember that his authority is delegated from all the way from the top, meaning the Queen.
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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #73 on: June 11, 2006, 08:52:32 »
103. To young officers just going into the field or or on operation. Listen to your Senior NCO's and WO, they are your savour's. The will teach you what to do and not do. You will become far more effective far more quickly. Pushing your rank around on absurd ideas that you saw in a movie or read in a book, will not only generate a hands-off attitude, but could get you or someone else killed.

104. Clean your weapon....clean you weapon...every chance you get...clean your weapon.
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Re: What not to do - No excuse BMQ tips [Merged]
« Reply #74 on: June 11, 2006, 09:17:43 »
103a.   To the 'grizzled NCO' (and those planning to bcome one) remember that that young officer has likely just come away from a course where he/she may have been taught tactics, techniques, procedures, and doctrinal expectations for command that you haven't seen before.  Listen to the officer's side and be ready for change because it may be part of a bigger picture.  And sometimes, in garrison and in training situations, that young officer needs the opportunity to find out the hard way what doesn't work too.