For example, while serving as an SEL in both Guam and Japan, I developed personal relationships with the leaders of the United Service Organizations, Navy League, and the Japan and U.S.
It is commonly understood that the SEL is one of the only people with the experience, access, and trust to provide the boss candid feedback, especially on matters relating to their personal behavior, including perceptions.
As a community, we need to do a better job of mentoring our fellow SELs who will eventually have the opportunity to serve at the general/flag level, and although every tour for a SEL is at the command level, we must remember that many officers may have limited time working closely with a SEL and might not fully understand what we do.
Third, commanders and their staffs should give deliberate thought to, and discuss, how the SEL could be integrated into strategic engagement and communication efforts.
SEL participation in these engagements should be a priority with a defined intention--engagement with a purpose.
We owe it to our leadership, to our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen to take a fix and ensure the SEL role remains relevant as DOD (and the Department of Homeland Security) continues to evolve.
Newstead Wood School for Girls, Bromley, GM Sel G 100 694 232 66 7 1 99
King Edward VI, Handsworth, Birmingham GM Sel G 127 751 395 106 17 1 99
Dr Challoner's Grammar, Amersham Co Sel B 184 900 565 303 66 16 99
Sir William Borlase's Grammar, Marlow Co Sel M 157 665 509 242 68 21 99
Colyton Grammar, Devon GM Sel M 87 464 215 97 14 2 99
The Judd,Tonbridge Co Sel B 111 565 379 130 18 1 99