Historic Lessons for Junior Leadership
Delving into the storied history of the Marine Corps is a necessary step for junior leadership. It's essential to not only grasp a greater understanding, but also to learn lessons from past challenges.
To help foster that interest in history, the Marine Corps Association & Foundation donated 20 books to start a unit library for 140 Marines assigned to Charlie Company, 2d Law Enforcement Battalion.
"I think that unit libraries are fundamental to reinforcing the continuing education ideology that we preach to our Marines," said 1stLt Will Keller. "The study of history is an invaluable asset in developing the minds of tomorrow's leaders, and it pushes the limits of our possibilities to the extreme."
The variety of books focus on the challenges and important lessons junior leaders should learn. Some of the books ordered were “The Warrior Ethos”, “Lone Survivor”, “The Village”, “A Marine Called Gabe”, and “The Walking Dead: A Marine's Story of Vietnam”.
By providing a unit library, junior leadership doesn't have to spend their own money on books. Keller said the goal is to ignite an interest in Corps history so Marines will seek out additional resources on their own to keep learning.
"We want to reiterate the idea that no matter the clime and place, Marines always persevere," Keller said.
The books are also used as resources for professional military education (PME), battalion sponsored corporal's courses, and lance corporal seminars.
The donated library is part of the Marine Corps Association Foundation's Commanders' Unit Library Program. In 2014, 271 libraries, including 24 e-libraries with 189 Kindles, have been distributed to USMC units throughout the globe benefitting more than 91,000 Marines. If you would like to learn more about all our Foundation’s programs for Marines, or you’d like to support our programs with a tax-deductible donation, please click here.
- By Roxanne Baker