Sergeants Major Academy Students’ Papers Impact Field

By Andrew SmithMay 3, 2024

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Soldiers attending the Sergeants Major Academy write many papers while attending classes, but most of these writings are not seen outside the academy grounds. Master Sgt. Roger Tysinger, a student attending class 74, wrote a paper while attending the Sergeants Major Academy’s Department of Force Management due to be published in the Chaplain Corps Journal in May.

Tysinger also has a chance to present a second paper of his at the Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) symposium held in Hampton Va. In early May. At the symposium he presented his paper about the ‘High Achievement Project’ and explained how to implement the ides and how these ideas came to him.

The focus of the High Achievement Project written about in his second paper was that “spiritual readiness must be embraced and trained by NCOs - particularly team leaders and squad leaders at the tactical level in order to be effective,” as Tysinger described. He further explained that while the influence for Unit Ministry Teams is large, their control is very limited which limits their operational reach to train spiritual readiness to every Soldier. To overcome these issues, an accessible spiritual readiness training model is needed.

The High Achievement Project seeks to answers the question ‘What does spiritual readiness look like.’ The paper addresses this question by showing examples of actual Soldiers sharing what methods they personally use to overcome times of stress, hardship and tragedy. This model helps to facilitate communication and learning among teams and squads on these topics or resilience. As the teams and squads engage with this training, they learn not only from each other and about each other, but about themselves in terms of spiritual readiness and strengthen their bond as a team.

Tysinger explained that making a major impact that can change doctrine is not always an easy task especially for an enlisted Soldier. “The H2F symposium and the Chaplain Corps Journal are good examples of how I am able to extend influence” said Tysinger about his papers.  “I was able to represent the enlisted component of the Chaplain Corps and communicate to the Army what the capabilities of our CMF are.”

“I do believe I am helping contribute to change within my CMF and the Chaplain Corps,” said Tysinger. “Change and growth take time but if I can educate and inspire other Religious Affairs Specialists to challenge themselves and be effective representatives of the Chaplain Corps to the Army, I will have been successful.”

The H2F symposium and the Chaplin Corps journal article on force management have the potential to make a big impact on how the Army executes spiritual readiness and religious support according to Tysinger. He has hope that these ideas will resonate and that they will have an effect on Soldiers across the Army.