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  1. Sarah Bowen Miller
    October 28, 2019 @ 7:36 am

    I think this is an excellent thing to ask your soldiers (my sailors) to think about, long before any of those levels come into question. Integrity contributes a lot to our ability to maintain loyalties at the right levels, so we must make those loyalties known and stay true to them always–just like the way you remind your cadets where they fall in your levels of loyalty.

    Thanks for this, Josh!

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  2. Chaveso Cook
    October 28, 2019 @ 10:39 pm

    Have you ever heard of Vertical vs Horizontal Loyalty? It looks at your same premise from different perspectives, placing people, teammates, and peers on the horizontal plane of where we are. This includes, interestingly, 2ICs, like PSGs, 1SGs, and CSMs, when they’re your “best assigned friend”. Vertical loyalty would be up the chain of command and organizational hierarchy, but it’s also to institutional entities (like the Constitution or Army Values). I think the addition of peers and others on the horizontal plane may be a more holistic view of what goes on “on the ground” and could explain in more detail, for ex, why two teams, squads, platoons or even companies could be fiercely loyal to each other as peer organizations. These interesting dynamics may not all be completely or clearly captured by your model, while it is still very useful.

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  3. Brian Weaver
    October 29, 2019 @ 1:55 pm

    Josh, very timely article for something I am working through with my squadron. As always well stated and useful tool as my cadet leadership and I work through this.

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    • jbowen100
      October 29, 2019 @ 6:28 pm

      Thanks Brian! Appreciate the kind words!

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