USMC Leadership - Initiative Initiative: The military is full of orders, and people telling you what to do ... until they aren't. Down to the level of recruit - you need to be able to self motivate, to keep moving forward to the objective; without relying on constant 'Helicopter' Management. Knowing what to do, doing it under your own drive and motivation will indeed set you apart from the crowd. Action launches from the self, there is no room to wait for someone to tell you to be doing the most productive, pro-active, or preventative things. The Military always operates under the overarching command of Commander's Intent - that is your ultimate goal; all of the little parts and tasks that follow under that - are never ending; there is always something to be doing for mission readiness. Always Be Prepared.