Richard Kirby served 6.5 years on active duty in the 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne, stationed at Fort Bragg. Currently he is the company commander for C/1-120th, North Carolina National Guard out of Parkton, North Carolina. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2005 and currently works at an environmental consulting firm.
In the 2013 pamphlet, “The Army Leader Development Strategy,” the Army identifies three lines of effort --- training, education and experience --- that should be the primary focus of leader development. As the future of the Army as a whole and of their respective units, junior officers often become a focus of battalion and brigade programs. Of the three pillars, experience is the one that most junior officers lack. In an effort to rectify this, commanders rush junior officers into leadership positions thinking that this is the best way to develop them as quickly as possible.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.