Chuck Holmes

Chuck Holmes is a former Army Major and combat veteran. Chuck is a successful blogger, author and entrepreneur. He lives in sunny Florida with his wife, Rachel.

Platoon Leader Platoon Sergeant Relationship

The Platoon Leader, Platoon Sergeant Relationship is a beautiful thing when it works right. A long time ago, the Army realized that all new Platoon Leaders needed a seasoned Platoon Sergeant to learn from. And that’s how the Platoon Leader, Platoon Sergeant relationship started. When a new Army Officer assumes the duties as a Platoon …

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Army Platoon Training: 13 Steps to Follow

This post will review platoon training. The Army eats, sleeps and breathes training. Throughout history, the U.S. Army’s success on the battlefield can be contributed to training. Sure, it takes equipment, Soldiers, and leaders to win battles. But, these leaders and Soldiers must be trained properly to win! Everything revolves around training. In your platoon, …

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Platoon Sergeant Initial Counseling

In today’s post, I’d like to educate you about the Platoon Sergeant initial counseling. Most new Second Lieutenants are recent college graduates with no experience on how to do an Army Counseling the right way. They’re greener than green! As a result, most stumble through the counseling process with their Platoon Sergeant, or even worse, …

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Platoon Sergeant Duties, Responsibilities and Job Description

The purpose of this page is to discuss the Army Platoon Sergeant duties, responsibilities and job description. Serving as a Platoon Sergeant is a tough and challenging job, which comes with an enormous amount of responsibility. In my opinion, serving as a Platoon Sergeant is one of the most demanding jobs in the Army. Normally, a …

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Army Troop Leading Procedures

In the Army, small unit leaders (Officers and NCOs) utilize the Troop Leading Procedures to conduct mission analysis and plan for upcoming missions. The Troop Leading Procedures are a systematic approach to plan, resource and execute any mission. In essence, the Troop Leading Procedures consist of eight simple steps leaders should follow when planning missions. …

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Platoon Drill

What is a platoon drill? Personally, I define a platoon drill as a mission critical task that must be accomplished to complete a platoon’s wartime mission. Think of a platoon drill as something similar to a Platoon METL task. A platoon drill is a critical task that must be performed by everyone in the platoon. …

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Army Officer Information

In the Army, there are three different types of Army Officers. There are Commissioned Officers, Warrant Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers. My goal today is to give you a brief overview about each type of officer and to talk about the different ways to earn your commission. Let’s get started. # 1 Non-Commissioned Officers: Also known …

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Army Officer Basic Course

The Army Officer Basic Course is the first course offered in the Officer Professional Development Educational System for new Second Lieutenants. OBC is for newly Commissioned Officers, officers pending commission, and officers up to the rank of First Lieutenant. Each Army branch within the Army offers their very own branch specific Officer Basic Course. Several examples of different …

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Military Discipline

The purpose of this article is to discuss military discipline. The military is well known for its discipline. For centuries, Soldiers have been portrayed as fierce, strong, and disciplined warriors. When I think of my favorite military warriors: General Patton, General Custer, Napoleon and other famous leaders, I see a common trend of military discipline. …

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Army OCS: An Overview

The Army Officer Candidate Program, also known as Army OCS, has a long and proud history that dates back to 1941. The purpose of the Army’s Officer Candidate School is to produce newly commissioned Second Lieutenants. During OCS, candidates receive a wide variety of instruction to include military leadership, Warrior Tasks, Infantry Battle Drills, Land …

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