FORT KNOX, Ky.- Brig. Gen. Donna W. Martin, U.S. Army Recruiting Command Deputy Commanding General Operations, presented to 8th Regiment Advanced Camp (CLC) Alpha and Bravo Company Cadets during their Commitment to the Army Profession Seminar (CAPS) at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, Aug. 2.
Martin spoke from experience on being a quality leader in the Army through topics such as leadership, family, balance and diversity.
“It’s one of the most exciting things I’ve done in a long time, to talk to our future. To talk to those young men and women that will eventually replace me. I feel a real responsibility to do that. I feel a responsibility to talk about those experiences that I’ve had and the lessons I’ve learned from those experiences, so it’s a great day,” Martin said.
Martin said she does a great deal of diversity advocacy in the Army and talked to the Cadets about the future.
“I think that diversity in our Army is what makes us the best Army in the world. It’s the collective thoughts from different people that make us the organization we are,” Martin said. “It’s such an exciting time to be in the Army, with closed MOS’s now opening. Women now have an opportunity to serve in any capacity they want to. That typical glass ceiling that is always referenced that women have to bust through, we’re going to do that now so I’m really excited for the future.”
Cdt. Nicholas Kenrick, University of Louisville, a prior service Cadet of 15 years, asked Martin about how to excel when passing company grade, as prior service. She answered by reassuring him that as long as he is doing it for the right reasons: leadership, service and responsibility, that he would be fine.
“I liked her presentation as she hit on some of the important topics in our military right now. I really like her stance on gender equality. I’ve been in the Army 15 years, infantry the whole time, four deployments and, like her, I think if we’re going to have equality then we need to actually have equality. If we’re going to have integration, we can’t have segregation,” Kenrick said.
Martin not only expressed her ideas on diversity but left the Cadets with several points keep in mind during their career.
“Life isn’t just about what you do in uniform, but also what you do in your civilian life. Cherish your family and supporters; who’s with you when you take off that uniform. Take care of your family,” Martin added “Leaders have a bigger picture other than the day to day operations of a platoon leader. Take care of your Soldiers and they will take care of you.”