Army Dreadnaughts Presents Female Mentorship Program


OCTOBER 26, 2021 – Making New Leads, the 2nd Dreadnaught Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, emphasized mentoring among their female soldiers. Approved in May 2021, 2-34 launched the first female mentoring program within 1ID and held its first meeting in Poland on September 1.

The 2-34 Female Mentorship Program guides and inspires soldiers to set realistic goals, solve problems and gain knowledge about various aspects of their lives. By helping junior enlisted soldiers through problems, they will learn to have the critical thinking skills necessary for professional and personal growth while in the military. Interpretation, openness, and problem-solving techniques are useful tools that outweigh the emotional reaction to a problem.

US Army 1st Lt. Lauren Martinez, tank platoon leader with Alpha Company “Orphans”, 2-34, recently became chairman of the Women’s Mentorship Program while deployed.

“The Female Mentorship Program is a space where women leaders come together and can engage with each other,” Martinez said. “Senior NCOs and officers can provide guidance and information on military navigation by helping them find more opportunities, as well as helping women in their future careers. Mentoring women in our profession provides more opportunities for women to take up leadership positions in the future. “

This willingness to help established esprit de corps and active participation among the leaders and soldiers within the group. It is obvious to see a common goal with their willingness to encourage and motivate themselves, regardless of the challenge. After their first meeting in Poland, members of the group participated in a 9/11 ruck march, a self-defense course taught in Polish and a cultural exchange with Polish female soldiers, all in September.

The cultural exchange involved a question and answer session between the two servicemen to discuss the similarities and differences. Soldiers from both armies took the opportunity to share experiences, build friendships and exchange unit badges.

US Army Spc. Patricia Corpuz, Headquarters Supply Specialist and Headquarters Company, attended the cultural exchange at the Poznań Forward Operation Site in Poznań, Poland on September 14.

“There was an understanding that we are all in the same boat and going through mostly the same hardships,” Corpuz said. “It’s a relief to have like-minded people.”

These same ideas and mentoring mindset have identified leaders who are approachable and ready to help in various areas of knowledge. Whether an enlisted junior soldier needs help training for the Army Combat Aptitude Test, writing an academic article, or getting advice on how to be a single parent in the army, an army chief is available.

US Army Spc. Kennedy Williams, information technology specialist at HHC, 2-34, attended the Polish-taught self-defense course in Oleszno on September 8.

“Through networking, advocacy and guidance, the program introduces a space to foster positive growth and help soldiers shape their potential, which can then be used to develop their fellow soldiers,” said Williams. “The camaraderie experienced in the program is inclusive and diverse and offers a wide array of incredible tools to help navigate a career as a woman in the military.”

This camaraderie provides common ground among enlisted juniors, non-commissioned officers and officers to foster a positive environment where all soldiers feel welcome. Army leaders should foster a climate that treats everyone equally, regardless of ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, creed or religious belief . Fostering a positive climate begins with the personal example of a leader.

Leaders who inherently live up to military values ​​and warrior ethics display character and actions that set an example. They place the organization and the recruited juniors above their personal interests, their careers and their comfort.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Alishea Anderson, the senior logistician for 2-34 and vice president of the female mentoring program, sees the program as a chance to make a difference among young enlisted soldiers.

“I am happy to be a part of this mentoring program with some of the new changes in the military to include women serving in combat MOS; it’s definitely necessary, ”Anderson said. “In today’s military, we cannot facilitate change unless the problems are identified. This platform enables this change.

Mentoring is a developmental relationship in which a more experienced person serves as a guide, role model, teacher and mentor to a less experienced person. The mentoring program helps soldiers who aspire to become better leaders themselves and advance their military careers personally and professionally.

The US military places great importance on mentoring. The publication of Army Doctrine 6-22 states that “it is the individual professional responsibility of all leaders to develop their subordinates as leaders. All army leaders have a duty to prepare their subordinates for responsibilities at the next level.

An ideal army leader serves as a role model through strong intelligence, professional skills and moral character. Army leaders can be both teachers and coaches, who recognize that organizations built on mutual trust accomplish missions as a team. Through the Women’s Mentorship Program, 2-34 aims to develop future leaders who accomplish mission and put people first.

By Staff Sgt. Jennifer reynolds

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