Company Command: The Bottom Line is a classic book for aspiring Company Commanders. I first read this book about a year before I took command. One of my peers recommended it, so I went on Amazon and bought a copy. When I got it in the mail, I read it in two settings. If you were to look at my original copy (which I no longer have) you would see that it is marked up really good. I found the information useful and helpful.
Major General Meyer writes in an easy to follow manner. The book is well organized and to the point. He doesn’t add in much fluff. Although most of the information was geared toward Active Duty Company Commanders, most of the information also pertains to USAR and ARNG Company Commanders, too.
This book covers details such as:
- Taking Command
- You and Your First Sergeant
- Dealing with Soldier Issues
- And Much More!
While some of the “details” are a little outdated, most of the information is still applicable to today’s Company Commanders. It also covers “the big picture.” One of my favorite things about Company Command: The Bottom Line is the War Stories that are provided. MG (ret) provides lots of great stories about his leadership experience, and people that he knew. These stories are a wonderful way to get his message across.
Overall, I give the book a 7.5 of 10 and consider it a must read for any aspiring or current Company Commander or First Sergeant. You will learn a few helpful ideas from this book that will make you a better leader, so it is definitely worth spending a few hours of your time to check it out. However, it is by no means “a 100% solution” to every challenge you will ever deal with as a Company Commander.
The book was first published in 1990 by the National Defense University Press. It contains 235 pages. John Meyer is a retired Major General. You can buy the book on Amazon for $15 to $20. You can also normally find a copy at your local Post Exchange or Base Exchange.
Have you read Company Command: The Bottom Line? Please tell us what you thought about the book. If you have any comments or questions, you can post them below. Thanks.