I have been in Maryland since Sunday night, having flown out on that inauspicious day (immediately following Thanksgiving) to teach a two-week course. This is my “check ride” in which I am co-teaching a class with a full-time instructor. If I do well, I will be certified as adjunct faculty for an accredited institution of occupational education. In addition to being a heck of a nice NCOER bullet for this year, this certification will allow me to schedule and teach this particular course closer to home so we can stop sending our people to Hawaii for it. (As you may imagine, this aspect of it has not exactly endeared me to my coworkers.)
My class has eighteen students. Seven (7) of them are company-grade officers, and are there only as part of a junior officer development program. Not a one intends to ever use the skill set I am trying to teach–they might supervise people doing such things–and they are at best indifferent to the subject matter.
(Side note: I don’t think I’ve ever been in a small room with seven captains before; you can practically hear the ambition.) Continue reading