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A Case Study on Responsibility in the JLBC Cadet Corps

Title: A Case Study on Responsibility in the JLBC Cadet Corps


Responsibility is an essential quality for every Junior Leadership and Basic Cadet Corps (JLBC) member. This case study highlights the importance of responsibility by examining a real-life incident involving Cadet John and his platoon. The study will provide insights into the challenges Cadet John faced and the decisions he made, as well as present discussion questions for basic, intermediate, and advanced levels.


Cadet John, a second-year member of the JLBC, was assigned as the platoon leader for a weekend field training exercise. His primary responsibility was ensuring that his platoon completed all assigned tasks while maintaining safety and adhering to the Corps' values.


Cadet John's platoon was assigned to set up a perimeter defense around their base camp during the field training exercise. Cadet John delegated tasks to his team members, including posting Cadet Smith to set up a tripwire alarm system at a specific location.

Later that day, a senior cadet officer inspected the perimeter defense. He discovered that the tripwire alarm system was missing from the assigned location. Cadet John was informed of the issue and was given 30 minutes to resolve it.

Actions Taken:

  1. Cadet John immediately approached Cadet Smith to discuss the issue. Cadet Smith admitted forgetting to set up the tripwire alarm system.

  2. Cadet John took responsibility for the oversight as he was the platoon leader. He gathered the necessary materials and assisted Cadet Smith in setting up the tripwire alarm system within the given timeframe.

  3. After the exercise, Cadet John debriefed with his platoon, emphasizing the importance of responsibility and teamwork. He encouraged open communication and discussed strategies for preventing future oversights.


Cadet John's platoon completed the field training exercise, and the tripwire alarm system was set up before the deadline. By taking responsibility and addressing the issue promptly, Cadet John demonstrated leadership and upheld the Corps' values. His actions earned him praise from his instructors and respect from his peers.

Discussion Questions:


  1. What is the importance of responsibility in the JLBC Cadet Corps?

  2. How did Cadet John demonstrate commitment in this case study?

  3. What could Cadet Smith have done differently to prevent the oversight?


  1. How can leaders in the JLBC Cadet Corps instill a sense of responsibility in their team members?

  2. What strategies ensure delegated tasks are completed on time and to the required standard?

  3. How might the outcome have differed if Cadet John had not taken responsibility for the oversight?


  1. In what ways might responsibility differ for leaders and team members in the JLBC Cadet Corps? How can these differences be reconciled?

  2. How can the JLBC Cadet Corps balance individual and shared responsibility within a team?

  3. How can responsibility be incorporated into cadets' overall training and development in the JLBC Cadet Corps?

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