On March 21st, 2003, Maj. Jay T. Aubin, 36, a prior enlisted Marine aviator was killed in a helicopter crash in Kuwait during combat preparations for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He and his crew were transporting and training with eight British Royal Marine Commandos at the time of the crash. He was survived by his wife and two children, a son and a daughter. In 1993, I met him when he was an Officer Candidate at USMC Officer Candidate School at Quantico, Va as he was going through the PLC Combined program. Put in a peer leadership position as the Candidate Platoon Commander, he stepped up when he saw something wrong (To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce) and displayed great moral courage in reporting it and looking out for his fellow candidates.
YOUR ASSIGNMENT IN CLASS: 29 November 2012
Your task today is to (A) organize into two teams, one team covering the first five (1 thru 5) general orders, and the second group covering the next six (6 thru 11) general orders. (B) Each team will develop real life civilian examples of how the spirit of those orders to the sentry apply to everyday life situations ans scenarios. (C) Each team will present those real life examples in a small group presentation on Monday December 3 during class. (D) A designated individual from each team will post your teams work (your examples) on this blog (over the weekend) in the Comment Section listing your name, members of your team, and what class period you are in. (E) You will be conducting a group self assessment after the assignment on Dec 4 (Tuesday) in class.
GENERAL ORDERS TO THE SENTRY
- To take charge of this post and all government property in view.
- To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.
- To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.
- To repeat all calls from posts more distant from the guardhouse (or the Quarterdeck) than my own.
- To quit my post only when properly relieved.
- To receive, obey, and pass on to the sentry who relieves me, all orders from the Commanding Officer, Command Duty Officer, Officer of the Day, Officer of the Deck, and Officers and Petty Officers of the watch only..
- To talk to no one except in the line of duty.
- To give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.
- To call the Corporal of the Guard or Officer of the Deck in any case not covered by instructions.
- To salute all officers and all colors and all standards not cased.
- To be especially watchful at night and during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post, and to allow no one to pass without proper authority.
These "General Orders To The Sentry" are a good template by which to apply to everyday situations and scenarios. Hopefully by reviewing these General Orders this week it will give you some increased awareness while you THINK, DECIDE, ACT.