Military Review English Edition July-August 2014 - Page 43

Spc. Cory Grogan - Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Office SUSTAINING THE ARNG A soldier from the Royal Army of Oman’s 11th Brigade, Western Frontier Regiment, learns about a .50-caliber machine gun from U.S. soldiers at the Rubkut Training Range in Oman, 21 January 2012, during the first day of a two-week training exercise sponsored by U.S. Army Central. The Oregon National Guard’s 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment and a platoon from the 125th Forward Support Company, 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery Regiment joined Omani soldiers to share knowledge and build diplomatic relations. trust and confidence in the Guard. Therefore, the ARNG must make great efforts to hone professionalism within its ranks every day and at all levels of leadership. A Gallup poll reports that as of 2013, Americans surveyed continue to have more confidence in the military than in other U.S. institutions.17 However, time and again, serious breaches in conduct have damaged the total force’s professional identity. Sexual assaults have dramatically increased.18 In 2013 there were 5,061 MILITARY REVIEW  July-August 2014 reported sexual assaults in the Army.19 This is especially troubling given that sexual assault is the most underreported crime in the Nation; many believe it is much more so in the Army. Even general officers have been found guilty of extramarital affairs, sexual misconduct, and the misuse of funds. If the standard-bearers of our professional values are failing, how can we expect our soldiers to want to remain in the service? Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman’s landmark book, First Break All the Rules, examines why people stay with organizations. Their main answer, after interviewing thousands, is that peo