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Allyn Confident in Junior Leaders

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Even in these troubling times, the quality of junior leaders is not of concern to senior Army officials, says Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, Army vice chief of staff.

“The asymmetric advantage that we hold over every army, and every adversary that we face, is the quality and the character of our [junior] leaders,” Allyn said at a breakfast forum sponsored by the Association of the U.S. Army’s Institute of Land Warfare. “We trust them, we empower them, we hold them accountable, and they deliver each and every day.”

As he circulates through the Army, talking with cadets at the U.S. Military Academy and in Army ROTC programs, as well as with unit and division commanders, he said he comes away thinking: “It’s an exciting time to be a junior leader in the United States Army.”

“I remain very, very confident,” Allyn said. “We are continuing to deliver young soldiers and junior officers that arrive ready to lead their formations in the complex missions that we have to execute.”

The forum was held Tuesday at the AUSA Conference and Event Center in Arlington, Va.