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How this Army infantryman became the ‘sergeant major of TikTok’ | Task and Purpose

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Army Sergeant Major Lawrence Ogle offers advice on how everyone may become a more successful leader.

The Florida National Guard’s Sergeant Major Lawrence Ogle is the senior enlisted adviser for the Florida Counterdrug Task Force. He has amassed over 600,000 followers on TikTok by producing videos on leadership inspiration and military comedy. Ogle was recently brought to Washington, D.C., with a group of social media influencers by the Army as part of its 247th birthday celebration. TikTok was the most downloaded app worldwide at the beginning of this year. In 2019, the Pentagon urged all Defense Department personnel to remove the app from their mobile devices.

Ogle said that he wanted for them to be able to “look up to” someone on the application and see “what proper looks like.” When he initially arrived, he concentrated on uplifting leadership-related videos. Because he witnessed other troops struggle, he began to display more of his family after a time. He wanted to demonstrate to new warriors that they, too, were capable. It requires effort, but it is possible, said Ogle. General John Ogle, chief of staff of the Army, has said that the Army is evaluating the optimal use of social media for its existing and potential personnel.

Source: https://taskandpurpose.com/culture/army-sergeant-major-lawrence-ogle-tiktok/

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