NCO: Being a Soldier not a 9-to-5 job
April 28, 2011
Sgt. Andrew LaFramboise
17th Military Police Detachment
31B / Military policeman
Years in service
Almost 6 years
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Sgt. Andrew LaFramboise comes from a family in which almost everyone is either in law enforcement or in the military, he said. For LaFramboise to combine the two professions into a career as a military policeman seemed to be a logical progression.
"I hate office jobs. I can't sit behind a desk," he said. "In this (field), you get involved with your community. ... You don't know what you're going to get every single day."
As the noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the traffic section, he oversees a team of three junior enlisted Soldiers. Developing these Soldiers into future leaders is important to him, he said.
"I like to make sure all my guys understand what they need to do," he said. "If they have any problems, personal or professional, they know I'm here for them. I like to guide and mentor Soldiers so they know they can rely on me and I can rely on them as well."
Being a Soldier, and especially an NCO, is not a 9-to-5 job, he said, which is why he often spends time at work in his off time to develop his Soldiers.
"If you're an NCO, you can't just go from A to B. You need to go from A to Z - go above and beyond what (others) expect of you."
LaFramboise said the Army values are important to him, but that he is reluctant to choose one above the others.
"You can't take one without the others," he said. "You have to apply all of them. They all tie in together."
One quality he likes to instill in his Soldiers is to act professional at all times. He said that MPs are often the first Soldiers family members come in contact with during family days and graduations and that leaving a professional first impression of the Army is imperative.