ALS Distance Learning Course Set A Volume 3: Professional Airman (Formative Exercises)
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During a pre-deployment briefing SSgt Rener says, "I know you are all leaving out next week and this is a first deployment for some of you. All of you will face new challenges and hardships. Use the training and support network you have so you can endure, bounce back, and develop in these hard times. When you return, the unit needs you back at one hundred percent."
SSgt Rener's comments BEST explain ______ and its impact on mission effectiveness.
SSgt Rener's comments best explain resilience, which according to the Airmanship lesson, is an Airman's ability to withstand, recover, and/or grow in the face of stressors and changing demands by orchestrating the use of base resources, support activities, peers, and leadership. In addition, resilience uses training, service, and support build a culture of resiliency.
A1C Royce works at the base chapel. Over the last week, Royce has been late three times. This morning he strolls in a half hour late and as his supervisor presents him with paperwork, he asks, "Why can't you come in on time? I need you here to take care of phone calls and our visitors, especially first thing in the morning." Royce replies, "As chapel assistants, we don't actually counsel people or make a difference, so what's the big deal if I'm a few minutes late? Besides, you know my wife just gave me divorce papers, I could use a little understanding from you while I get through this trying time in my life."
A1C Royce's initial comments BEST illustrate a failure to understand _______ impact on mission effectiveness.
A1C Royce's actions illustrate a failure to understand the profession of arms. According to the Airmanship lesson, the profession of arms includes a body of theory and specialized knowledge, a public service orientation, and a distinct subculture. Clergy and the military are specific examples in the student guide. Additionally, the profession of arms includes occupations where there is "an element of selflessness, a sense that one's personal actions serve the greater good." Military chaplain assistants are certainly an example of this concept.
SSgt Hester is a PME instructor who is conducting a lesson on customs and courtesies. He reminds his students about the importance of being professional in and out of uniform. He explains to them whether you're in Air Force PT gear or ABUs you must always render the proper respect to the flag. He also reminds them of an age old tradition that is held at the end of each duty day and it serves as a dual function.
SSgt Hester's comments BEST illustrates a__________________.
The retreat ceremony serves as a twofold purpose. It signals the end of the official duty day and serves as a ceremony for paying respect to the flag. Because the time for the end of the duty day varies, the commander designates the specific time for the retreat ceremony.
Recently promoted, SSgt Dooney is well respected and liked throughout the work center. Although he is in charge, he still desires to have the same relationship with his former peers, so he makes decisions based on their desires. As a result, the work center has missed several important deadlines and Dooney is having a hard time getting people to accomplish even the simplest mission related tasks.
SSgt Dooney's actions BEST illustrate ______.
SSgt Dooney's actions illustrate falling for an ethical trap. According to the Ethical Leadership chapter, ethical traps is when confusion or uncertainty as to what action or behavior should be taken because of conflicting opinions/values/beliefs rather than on military rules, regulations and codes of conduct. In this case, SSgt Dooney fell into the ethical trap of worrying over image, which is making decisions based on how the decision will impact one's reputation/standing among peers, subordinates, supervisors, etc.
SSgt Mayberry, the NCOIC is strongly devoted to his religious beliefs. While on watch he does not allow any talk about things he considers secular, like partying and drinking, and denies time off for activities which in his opinion, are not in good taste and do not promote ethical behavior. Although morale seems okay, one or two members have talked about switching flights.
Because SSgt Mayberry ______, his actions will MOST likely ______ his effectiveness.
According to the Ethical Leadership chapter, Ethical Relativism is making decisions based on personal values/beliefs rather than on military rules, regulations, and codes of conduct. In this situation, instead of adhering to military rules and regulations SSgt Mayberry bases his decisions on his personal religious beliefs. Although his actions do not appear to impact morale yet, his application of ethical relativism has caused one or two members to talk about switching flights, which indicates a negative impact on his effectiveness.
During a staff meeting, SSgt Bank says, "If you are the victim of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that causes an offensive or hostile working environment, you need to report this immediately. In addition, if you are the victim of threats, harassment, or behavior that causes fear for your personal safety, this is something you need to report through the chain of command. Finally, another area you don't have to endure alone is if someone has forced abusive sexual contact with you. As your supervisor, I need you all to be able to focus and trust your fellow Airmen."
SSgt Bank's final comments BEST explain _________ and its impact on unit effectiveness.
SSgt Bank's final comments best explain sexual assault which, according to the Emergent Leadership Issues lesson, is defined as "the intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Sexual assault includes rape, forcible sodomy (oral or anal sex), and other unwanted sexual contact that is aggravated, abusive, or wrongful (to include unwanted and inappropriate sexual contact), or attempts to commit these acts. Sexual assaults can occur without regard to gender or spousal relationship or age of victim. When sexual assault occurs by an Airman against another Airman, trust is broken, cohesion is destroyed, and lives are altered. Rebuilding trust, cohesion, and lives can take a long time.
Sitting with SSgt Roy, TSgt Ingram says, "You seem a little different since you returned from combat operations." Roy replies, "Lately, I feel anxious all the time...like I need to watch my back." Ingram adds, "I've also noticed that you don't play sports or take on challenging tasks anymore." Roy replies, "I couldn't care less about those things. Why take excessive risks? Besides, I don't have the energy I used to have because every time I try to sleep my mind replays graphic scenes from the last convoy. Aside from that, I think I'm handling it all pretty well."
This scenario BEST illustrates ____________ and its impact on NCO effectiveness.
According to the Emergent Leadership Issues lesson, SSgt Roy is demonstrating symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD includes four types signs and symptoms: 1, reliving the event ("...my mind replays graphic scenes from the last convoy"); 2, avoiding situations that remind you of the event (not illustrated); 3, feeling numb ("I really couldn't care less about those things anymore"); and 4, feeling keyed up ("...I feel anxious all the time...like I always have to watch my back").
SSgt Amani tells TSgt Rowe, "I noticed something was different about SrA Jack. He let me know he was going through a rough patch and after our talk, he decided to speak to a chaplain. Even though I had a lot of work to do, I drove him to the chapel and waited until he was finished. I talk with him every day and he seems to be feeling much better now."
SSgt Amani's _______ will MOST likely ________ his effectiveness.
According to the Emergent Leadership Issues lesson, a good wingman is alert, gets involved, and takes action because they believe getting help is a sign of strength-not weakness. In addition, the Wingman Concept incorporates the skills of Ask, Care, and Escort (ACE). SSgt Amani was alert, noticed something was wrong with SrA Jack, and engaged him. He also escorted him to the Chaplain and did not leave him alone. Because SSgt Amani understands the Wingman concept he took appropriate actions (ACE) and those actions will most likely enhance his effectiveness with SrA Jack and other members of the work center.
As SSgt Conklin conducts his ORI preparation meeting, SrA Watt stumbles in late. After the meeting, Conklin asks Watt, "Have you been drinking?" Watt replies, "I didn't get home until early this morning from a party. Maybe I have had a little too much to drink." Conklin replies, "Watt, your actions are in violation of the standards. Let's go see the first sergeant."
SSgt Conklin's _________ will MOST likely __________ his effectiveness.
According to the Emergent Leadership Issues lesson, leaders have a responsibility to intervene when they suspect substance abuse and they must report all substance abuse or suspected substance abuse incidents (i.e. showing to work smelling of alcohol, use of illicit drugs). Because SSgt Conklin intervened and reported the substance abuse, his effectiveness will most likely increase.