Let's really drift this thread. I don't know if this belongs under land nav or leadership traits, but don't guess it matters. I wuz out at Pendelton for my annual active duty, attached to another company, night assault exercise. We are like wondering all over the place. Everybody knew we were lost. So I try to go up to the Co cmdr and tell him where he's at. He doesn't want to listen, tells me to get back in line. My NCO's are all like what the fuck, and I'm like hey I tried. We all know exactly where we're at (we're looking right at Sugar Loaf Hill for cryin' out loud), but you can't tell the Co staff shit. So we wonder around half the night until Bn orders him to just stop for the night and attack the next day.
Where to begin. You have a company staff that is incompetent. There are also too arrogant to listen to advice. Bad combination. You have a whole company of Marines that knows their higher ups are not only incompetent, but too fucking proud to take advice. I don't think even shoobe01's pace beads coulda helped these guys.
Number one. Land Nav is important. You need to know how to do it. And without GPS. Map, compass, and ranger beads (with an orienteering compass you don't need a protractor).
Number two. If you don't know what the fuck you're doing, ask for advice. Your people will think more of you for that than trying to fake it and hoping you get lucky.
Number three. Apologies to every Soldier and Marine that had to serve under incompetent leadership. How you guys do it I just don't know.