Sunday, May 05, 2013

K Wertz IMC 634 w7: The Paper Edit

Captains Y & Z

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Start: Soldiers often pride themselves on their ability to take care of problems on their own. But it doesn’t always work.

Soldier sitting on edge of bed with head in hands.
…most soldiers like to keep their own problems personal. 

Soldiers training in the gym or doing drills in the yard.
…there's a stereotype that if you're in the Army, that you've got to be a man, you've got to take care of your family …that you don't want to ask for help.

Soldier coming home to the family at the end of the day. 
…Soldiers need to see that you're human also
… I'll share with a soldier that everything wasn't always as it may appear. I may be a Commander, but I'm a man, I'm a husband, I'm a father, and I've made my fair share of mistakes. 
…somebody was always there to help me.

Soldier approaching Commander’s office, knocking on door, entering and sitting down to talk.
…as Commanders, I think it's important that we recognize those soldiers that need help and try to break that barrier and let them know it's okay to come forward and ask for the help that the Army can provide them.
You've got to keep them both mentally and physically healthy. And the physical part is usually the easiest way to keep them healthy. It's the mental part …breaking through that barrier of, "I'm a man. I'm in the Army. I don't need help," that's the toughest part of keeping them mentally healthy.
If a soldier takes that step to come ask for help – you know it's legitimate …you know they need it at that time.
Once they ask for help or you get them to admit that they need help, it gets easier from there.
Middle: That’s when the leader needs to step in. Being a leader means caring for other soldiers, being aware of the stresses they’re under, and doing something about it.

Soldier and Commander in discussion. Mood is calm, facial expressions focused but not too intense. Open body language.
…you have to really have an honest ear and an open heart to accept whatever they come with. 
…having an open door and a sharing ear held in confidence, you treat them like people …you exhaust all possibilities to get him all the help that's possible.
…there's no such word as no when it comes to helping the family. 
…our eyes and ears and hearts are always open to helping that family.

… You’ve got to keep communication open
… talk to them man-to-man, and you learn a lot from your soldiers

Shot of soldiers working together in a team-based drill exercise.
Soldiers are the heartbeat; they're the pulse and they're the tempo of that unit. 
…keeping that team healthy is most important. If one soldier is hurting… It’s going to bring down morale. 
Once one soldier receives help, he's willing to help another soldier.  

…it is a domino effect 
…a lot of the soldiers know that they can come for help. And once they get that help, it -- it builds up a pride 

…once they receive help that soldier is going to be willing to dedicate himself more to the Army.

Soldier close-up , full exertion with task at hand. Sweat, focus and intensity.
…he's going to come to work and he's going to be willing to put in those extra hours because he knows his family is taken care of. And he -- he's going to be motivated.
End: Families are a soldier’s best support. But when there’s a problem in the family, the soldier’s work is going to suffer, and the unit may suffer as a result.  An Army unit is a very special thing. It’s like a family.

Back to Commander’s office, both men stand, shake hands and start to walk out of office. Commander pats soldier on the shoulder.
Motivation is probably stronger than money when it comes to our unit. …motivation is also key to the spirit of the unit.
We actually, as Commanders, live for our soldiers as we do our own families. 
If one of my soldiers is hurt… I feel like it's my fault.

When a soldier's child has cancer, it sends something through you. That soldier is fighting with everything he has to keep that child motivated. And then to be able to help that family, it just -- it's -- it's -- I -- I don't see how -- how you couldn't do it…

Back to a shot of the team of soldiers completing a group task.
And that saying, leave no man behind, it doesn't just refer to when you're on the battlefield 
I’ve never seen a unit come together more than when a soldier or a soldier’s family needs help
…it’s a great motivator to know that you’re helping one of your soldiers.
…when one of them is in trouble, we all come to their aid. 

And that's one of the great things about being in the Army. It doesn't matter what other organization you're in; they're not going to support you like the Army does.

Close up of commanders. 

On screen text: 

As Captains in the U.S. Army, you don't just feed, you don't just listen; you nurture. 
And what you’re going to nurture is that philosophy of helping each other. 
You’re going to nurture the philosophy of teamwork.
…it's just a culture that once you put this uniform on, that you're part of a family. And it's a grand scheme of taking care of each other, leaving no man behind.

Approximately 3 minutes, 31 seconds in length.

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