“I used your class on the promotion warrant from your blog. My Marines loved it! They said it’s one of the best classes they ever received.”
Or perhaps one of your old Marines is now an instructor at The Basic School and reports back a conversation overheard between Warrant Officers:
“America’s 1stSgt is a machine. He’s very intimidating…”
One of my NCOs recently returned from the Sergeant’s Course he attended for six weeks. He had been assigned to write a paper on mentorship and based it on me. My chest swelled with pride believing I had such a profound influence on a Marine NCO. This swelling quickly spread to my neck and head as well.
It was the worst grade he received during the entire course. I deflated like a whoopee cushion.
And to think hubris was nearly within my grasp!