Daniel Slone

Top 6 Tips for New Army Squad Leaders

The Staff Sergeant (E-6) is the workhorse of the Army. This group represents the “middle management” responsible for the execution of much of what goes on day to day. Even the Drill Sergeants who shape new recruits into Soldiers are mostly Staff Sergeants. So when you step into a Squad Leader role, you need to …

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Leadership Lessons I Learned as a Squad Leader

Moving up to the position of Squad Leader and (almost always) the rank of Staff Sergeant is no small step. Sure, making Sergeant and first becoming an NCO is a significant event, and I still remember how I felt when I got my stripes. But as an enlisted Soldier, you tend to hold Staff Sergeants …

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The Top 5 Lessons I Learned as a First Sergeant

I’m coming up on my second anniversary as a First Sergeant. I’ve loved it, and whenever the time comes to go somewhere else, I’ll salute and do as directed, but I won’t exactly be thrilled about it. These guys have quickly become family, and I want to be able to take care of them for …

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5 Questions Every Company Commander Should Ask Their First Sergeant

Assuming that you’re about to take command of a company and have a First Sergeant who’s been there for a while, he or she will be one of your best sources of information about the unit. You’ll certainly want to be able to hit the ground running. You also want to know that you and …

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