Company Commanders

Readiness Management Period (RMP Funds): What You Should Know

RMP is an often misunderstood subject in the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve. In today’s post, we are going to delve into RMP Funds: what they are and how they work. RMP stands for Readiness Management Period. The essential purpose of RMP is to make sure that each and every service member is …

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The Article 138 Process: What Every Soldier Should Know

The Article 138 Process is often misunderstood and is seldom used. It is a powerful tool to guarantee a Soldier’s rights are not violated, and that he/she is treated correctly under military codes. In today’s post, we will explain the Article 138 Process and what every Soldier should know. Please understand that we are not …

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The Company XO & Company Commander Relationship

Among all the duties and responsibilities a Company Commander has, developing his/her XO is one of those that is sometimes overlooked.  Being an XO is a thankless job, and all too often Commanders often rely on them to take care of the day to day operations of the Company, but neglect to mentor or develop …

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Company Commander Initial Counseling: Tips for Battalion Commanders

If you are a Battalion Commander, you have the responsibility to sit down with your new Company Commanders and do an initial counseling with them.  A verbal counseling is not good enough either!  It should be in writing. One of the most important parts of your job is developing your direct reports!  And the best …

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Top 5 Army Retention Ideas for Company Commanders

It is pretty obvious that Army National Guard Company Commanders face different challenges than their Active Duty counterparts.  One of those is the area of Soldier retention.  Only in the National Guard are Company Commanders responsible for and rated on their ability to retain their Soldiers. It sort of makes sense when you think about …

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Top 7 Tips for Lieutenant Company Commanders

Let’s face it, being a Company Commander even as a seasoned Captain is one of the most challenging duty positions you will ever hold.  That being said, those challenges are even more exponentially present when you are a Lieutenant Company Commander.  More and more in the ARNG and USAR we see senior 1st Lieutenants taking …

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Problems with the AGR Staff at the Unit Level

Today, I want to share a problem that one of my website visitors sent in about an issue he is having with his AGR Staff (Readiness NCO and Supply Sergeant).  He is the Company Commander.  This is what he writes: “I’m writing to you with a question you may be able to help me and …

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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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