I vs. we. When to two go head to head which is more likely to prevail. The United States Coast Guard is built upon the foundation of the hard work and dedication of its service men and women. If it weren’t for these people the Coast Guard would not be as successful as it is. Too many times people forget this proven fact. However, through both training camps and real life situations shows that it is vital for people to understand the concept of “we” against “I.”
In training camps future service men and women have to get through a numerous amount of tests to prove they are able and willing to serve their country in the Coast Guard branch. They consist of physical strength tests and metal strength tests but the most important test of all is the test of teamwork. Teamwork is tested in every moment training. During training each recruit “will learn the importance teamwork, hard work, and a positive attitude”(Basic). If a recruit is unable to work and build trust with the other recruits how are they supposed to be able to work and have trust with their ship mate is a real life dangerous situation? Recruits must realize the United States Coast Guard would not be the United States Coast Guard if not for the dedication to the team. In the Coast Guard recruits “are put into stressful situations and expected to excel in military education, close quarter living, physical fitness tests, and teamwork”(Coast). Teamwork is undeniably essential to the success of the United States Coast Guard.
Now it is vital to put the “we” before the “I” in the Coast Guard but if a recruit forgets about the “I” altogether, and solely depends on his fellow recruits, it turns into a recipe for disaster. This leads into the aspect of a leader: “understanding one’s personality, values, and preferences, while simultaneously recognizing one’s potential as a Coast Guard member” (…and). Know the “I” can be the death of a Coast Guard member of the life of them. Only the best of the recruits are able to figure this out. In the United States Coast Guard the “we” will always be put above the “I” but there will always be an “I.” On the broader spectrum of things the country never even sees a glimpse of the selfishness that comes with the “I,” the Coast Guard does an amazing job of presenting a seamless unit of force. As wise Petty officer named Adm. Zukunft once said, “Service to Nation is about placing service above self. It is the common thread that binds us to the nation and to the communities in which we live”(Logan).
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