Required Readings (please google):

a. ADP 7-0, Training 2019: Read chapters 1 thru 4 (18 pages)

b. FM 6-0, Commander and Staff Organization and Operations_2014: Read chapters 7 & 9 (57 pages)

c. FM 7-0, Train to Win In a Complex World_ 2016: Read chapters 1 & 2 (42 pages)

d. TRADOC Pamphlet 525-3-1, The US Army in Multi-Domain Operations 2028_2018: Read para 1-1 Purpose (1 paragraph); Appendix B (2 pages)

e. AR 350-1, Army Training and Leader Development_2017: Read Section III Goals of Army Training para. 1-8 thru 1-10 (3 paragraphs)

f. ADP 6-22, Army Leadership_2019: Read chapter 10 (8 pages)

g. The Seasoned Executive’s Decision-Making Style (5 pages)


The SGM plays a vital role in the development of organizations and its leaders. The level of responsibility of a Sergeant Major and spheres of influence will multiply exponentially. While the level of complexity will seem overwhelming at times, and forces a Sergeant Major to either, adapt to this new environment or fall to the wayside. The Army doctrine will assist in achieving a better understanding of the complexity of challenges and issues that a Sergeants Major faces.

Assignment Instructions: Write a substantive journal entry that:

1. Describes your role as an organizational-level leader in your current organization,

2. Examines the ways in which leadership changes at the organizational level,

3. Utilizes critical thinking in problem framing, and

4. Describe the role a Sergeant Major plays in influencing the development of the organizations and its leaders.

The journal entry must be between 500-700 words. The assignment must have at least one in-text citation. Identify references following the post using APA, 6th Edition format. Do not write in first person.

NOTE 1: Please review and use the attached Rubrics.


Criteria Far Exceeds Standards Exceeds Standards Meets Standards Does Not Meet

Standards Unsatisfactory

20 18 14 10 0

Ideas, Arguments,

& Analysis

Ideas expressed in

discussion posts include

original thought,

substantial depth, and

are relevant to topic.

Viewpoint shows strong

logical thinking,

reasoning, and analysis

with evidence and

examples. Provided an

external resource

supporting student’s

discussion (as required

in the post instructions)

Ideas expressed in

discussion posts

are applicable and

relevant to topic;

some original




thinking, and/or

analysis with an


Viewpoint is

supported with

evidence and/or

examples (as

required in the

post instructions)


presents thoughtful

opinions that

connect to the ideas

analyzed. Presents

concepts with

minimal connections

to course content.

Ideas expressed in

discussion posts show a

minimal understanding of

the discussion topic.

Comments are general in

nature and/or

occasionally may not be

relevant. Repeats or

summarizes ideas with

limited analysis, original

thought, and/or

supported viewpoints.

No entry by

student or

submission turned

in late.

Connection to

Course Materials

Strong, direct

connections are made

to readings and/or other

course materials.

Content of lesson is

clearly articulated

through the use of

direct citing or

paraphrasing of the

module subject area

Some direct

connections are

made to readings

and/or other course


(references, media,

resources, etc.) and

are clearly stated for

the most part.

Connected ideas to

course content;

however, a lack of

deep understanding

is evident.

Minimal direct

connections are made to

readings and/or other

course materials

(references, media,

resources, etc.).

Connections are largely

inferred and somewhat

unclear at times.

No entry by

student or

submission turned



media, resources,

etc.), and/or if

made, are not

clearly stated and

are largely

personal opinions.

Writing Quality Journal entry is well

written and clearly

articulated using

standard English,

characterized by

elements of a strong

writing style with

correct grammar,

punctuation, usage, and


Journal entry shows

above average

writing style that is

clear using standard

English with minor

errors in grammar,

punctuation, usage,

and/or spelling.

Journal entry

displays average

writing quality with

more than one error

in grammar,

punctuation, and


Journal entry shows an

average and/or casual

writing style using

standard English that is

generally clear but

contains some errors in

grammar, punctuation,

usage, and spelling.

No entry by

student or

submission turned

in late.

Plagerism and

Direct Quotes

No plagiarism or

excessive use of direct


No plagiarism.

Journal Entry

consists of less than

10% use of direct


No plagiarism.

Journal Entry

consistes of less

than 15% use of

direct quotes.

ANY plagiarism or more

than 25% of essay

consists of direct quotes

(word count).

No entry by

student or

submission turned

in late.



Met all assignment

requirements. (Word

count between 300-500)

Met all assignment

requirements. Word


Essay does not meet

more than one


identified in the



Journal entry does not

meet the assignment

length requirement AND

was submitted after the

due date.

No entry by

student or

submission turned

in late.

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