Would Nate Fick as presented in Generation Kill make a good Marine Officer?

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  1. tman9285

    tman9285 Member

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    I see Lt Nate Fick in Generation Kill be portrayed as a good officer who cares for his guys yet is often at odds with his superiors. Is he a good example to follow as an officer who really cares for his men or is he counterproductive for the mission? I can't seem to find where he stands.
     
  2. raimius

    raimius 10-Year Member

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    Leadership is not easy. Some of the actions in the TV show were not the right ones, but they were human.

    I'm not the pinaccle of leadership, but I will offer that you need to build leadership off of principles, care for the people around you, and the mission. So, don't try to copy people, but do learn from them.
     
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    Being a Marine Corps officer isn't all hunky-dorey all the time. I agree with @raimius though, and I think Nate did all that.
    That may be precisely why Nate was "at odds" with his superiors at times, because they were often wrong or just inept.
     
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    NavyHoops Super Moderator 5-Year Member

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    It’s hard to say one way or another. It’s also how they were written in the articles, then book then tv series. A lot of it is amplified for sensationalism. To what degree, only those there really know. Also, each layer of leadership has its own set of filter. Your influences, experience, what you know, what you see are all different. What a BattO knows in the larger picture and what a platoon commander knows are two different things. Bottom line, take care of your people, listen, watch, make the best decision possible with commander’s intent in mind, be authentic to you. Take accountability in the end.
     
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