Posted at 1 p.m. March 2, 2017

Veteran, student: Leading by example

Tara Halfhill Photo Editor

Laramie County Community College has about 300 veteran students enrolled at this time; I am one of those students.

With over 20 years of experience in the military and now a student, I believe that the leadership of former military students and veteran students is an asset to the college. I am not recommending that there should be a program at the college but I am saying that the experience and professionalism that the veterans have should be an example to other students.

Leadership traits most college students do not have include discipline and professionalism. To a former military student or veteran student, this means being a leader in the classroom as well as a role model. Being on time, getting involved and helping other students are ways that any student can stand out. But to a veteran, this should be automatic.

Leadership in the classroom should be the same as what the military has taught each veteran and that is to be on time, seated, sitting up straight with books out and ready for class and not wearing pajamas. Also, do not speak when the instructor is teaching, and do not start moving around until the instructor dismisses the class.

I have held five instructor billets and there is nothing worse for an instructor or a student than distractions. I was awarded two leadership awards at my last college, and that’s what is expected of us. The military and veteran students were taught all of the leadership traits: justice, judgement, dependability, integrity, decisiveness, tact, initiative, endurance, bearing, unselfishness, courage, knowledge, loyalty and enthusiasm. Why not use them here in the civilian sector?