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Military Police Platoon Leader in the 10th Mountain Division: My Experience

Guest post – Dominick Fuentes Recently, Brigade Special Troops Battalions (BSTBs) have transitioned to Brigade Engineer Battalions (BEBs).  Before this shift, Military Police (MP) platoons were assigned (by MTOE) to Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) one each.  Those who’ve been a minority MOS in a unit will likely relate to my platoon leader (PL) experience with …

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Army Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Platoon Leader: My Story

Today, I want to talk about my experience as a Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Platoon Leader.  I’ll do this in interview style, since I think that will be the most beneficial thing for you.  Please know that I served as a GSE Platoon Leader as my second duty assignment as an Officer, more than 10 …

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What to Do Your First Few Drill Weekends as a New Platoon Leader

So, you are a new Platoon Leader and it is your first drill.  This is it! After countless hours spent earning your commission, you finally have it. A platoon. Your platoon. But…now what? What am I supposed to do?  Let’s face it, ROTC, OCS, West Point and BOLC all got us to this point, but …

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Platoon Leader Tip: How to Deal with a Difficult Platoon Sergeant

Here’s a problem one of my website visitors asked me about a couple days ago. “I have a terrible relationship with my Platoon Sergeant. He is an AGR Readiness NCO and also a Platoon Sergeant, however, all I really see is AGR. He does none of the PSG duties, however is respected and known by …

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Top 10 Mistakes Made by Platoon Leaders

If you are a brand new Commissioned Officer, listen up!  As a seasoned Platoon Leader myself, and having been an NCO beforehand, I have had the great fortune of understanding how new Platoon Leaders get started on the wrong foot and earn their stereotypical reputations.  I have spoken with NCOs, Platoon Sergeants, Company Commanders and …

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Things I Learned from My Platoon Sergeant

Every successful Platoon Leader knows that while he may be “in charge” his Platoon Sergeant is the one running the show.  The Platoon Leader-Platoon Sergeant relationship can be likened to an arranged marriage.  We may not get to choose the relationship, but we sure do have to make it work not only for the sake …

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Top 5 Tips for Delegating to Subordinates

Too many leaders micromanage their Platoons, Companies or other organizations.  Perhaps they have a mindset that only they can do things the right way or that their super hands-on approach is best because they can ensure that everything gets done their way.  However, a true leader is not a slave to the details.  Real leaders …

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How Should a Platoon Leader Interact with Their Soldiers?

Here’s a question I was asked on my website today. “Do you have any advice or tips for how a Platoon Leader should engage with his enlisted Soldiers? I have heard different things from different Officers on how to interact with enlisted Soldiers. I know I should not have a stand-off approach, but am not …

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