I believe that all Army NCO’s need to have their own NCO Leader’s book, especially if they supervise Soldiers. The purpose of your Army NCO Leader’s Book is to provide a one stop resource with all the pertinent information about your Soldiers, your equipment, and your unit.
I suggest you use a three ring binder with tabs and document protectors. Or, you can use a trapper keeper. You can also use a portable carry case with manila folders. At the end of the day, just find something that is easy to use and works for you.
If you are an Active Duty NCO, I suggest you update your Leader’s Book once a week. If you are serving in the USAR or ARNG, I suggest you update it at the end of every drill weekend. Also, make sure you keep it in a secure place so you don’t lose anyone’s personal information.
Army NCO Leader’s book Template
Here is a sample template for your NCO Leader’s Book.
- Tab 1 – Copy of unit manning roster for your section
- Tab 2 – List of all equipment assigned to section along with updated 026 Report
- Tab 3 – Individual Weapons Qualification for all supervised personnel
- Tab 4 – APFT Scorecards and HT/WT for all assigned personnel
- Tab 5 – Counseling packets for all supervised personnel
- Tab 6 – Section for all open issues in the section
- Tab 7 – Copy of all Soldiers’ personal information such as phone number, address, email, etc.
- Tab 8 – Promotion status of all Soldiers including their ERB/STAP List
- Tab 9 – Unit Mission Statement, Company Commander’s Philosophy and Company METL
- Tab 10 – Section for all pending UCMJ and disciplinary issues
- Tab 11 – Most recent evaluation reports for direct reports
- Tab 12 – Miscellaneous
Of course, you can modify this list and organize your Army NCO Leader’s Book any way you want to. But this is a good starting point.
As an NCO, you need a one stop resource with all your subordinate’s pertinent information. I highly suggest you create a functional Army NCO Leader’s Book and keep it with you at all times, especially during drill weekend. This will save you time and give you a single point of reference for any Soldier issues.
If you have your own Leader’s Book, I would love to hear from you. What documents do you keep in your Army NCO Leader’s Book that I didn’t mention above? Just leave a comment to let me know. If you have any questions, leave those here too.