Flotilla 16-10 General Information

When An Individual Becomes The Many, Unit Strength Multiplies

Posted by: Carlos Gomez
Diversity was first introduced into my life at an early age. During Boot Camp at the age of 17, a U.S. Army drill Sargent shouted at us, “Do you think the enemy cares what race you are? They see only two things: a uniform and a weapon!  And they will kill you!  You can die just as easy no matter what damn race you are!”  Indeed, truer words have rarely been spoken.  The public does not see a person, they see a uniform or a government agent and they respond accordingly. Although attitudes can be different, some respectful, others resentful, or perhaps indifferent, attitudes can always be changed to reflect the positive. When we reflect a positive outlook and attitude in our and actions toward each other, we model for others. Hence the public can see how we respectful we are of each other.

This can best be exhibited in how we treat each other as Auxiliarists when we are, for example, at PA events. We should always strive to be friendly, helpful, and respectful of one another to model and reflect the behavior for others. We should never behave otherwise as it may weaken the public faith in our ability to serve them. Further, the unit becomes damaged and weakened in its ability to function “as a unit.”   Diversity should be embraced as it allows us to think and operate in far broader terms and will enable us to tackle and overcome situations that we previously could not have done without it.

For instance, a food analogy may work here; Imagine a Chef who appears disdainful of ingredients in front of Junior Chefs they are training because the ingredients are from another country. The Junior Chefs would never be exposed to learning how to use the ingredients or the techniques of cooking that the ingredients may require merely because the ingredients were different from what the Training Chef was open to trying.

Further, here is a military analogy: there is a structure of three squads of eight men each. In the first squad, each soldier has only one specialty. In the second squad, each soldier learns two skills along with the basics. The third squad is cross-trained where each soldier has four specialties. When this structure is applied in a battle scenario, if the first squad loses half its strength, it is no longer a viable unit. If the second squad loses half its strength, it might be able to finish its mission. The third squad, with only two surviving soldiers, is still capable of being successful because of the abilities and diversity.

The lesson here is clear, if we really act as force multipliers who listen, watch, ask questions of each other, and understand one another; then each of us becomes a unit in and of ourselves. If this is the case, then we can learn to be effective in a wider variety of situations and tasks. We then can imagine what a unit of these individuals could do.

A leader should, at a minimum, maintain the abilities of his or her unit or team. A better leader grows, mentors, and strengthens the unit. Diversity is a strength in many innumerable ways. Embrace it and become more than what you are today.