Company Commander Tools and Resources

company commander toolsWhat are the best Company Commander Tools?  Speaking from personal experience, I’d like to recommend a few helpful Company Commander Tools and resources you can coordinate with or reference to get solutions to your leadership challenges.

  1. Company Commander Forums: The Army offers a Company Commander forum for current, future and former Company Commanders.  I highly recommend it.  You can ask questions, read articles and “hang out” with other Company Commanders.  It’s definitely an underutilized resource.
  2. Your Peers: Your fellow Company Commanders in your battalion are normally untapped resources.  Many of these Commanders have great insights and experience, especially if they have been in command longer than you have.
  3. Former Company Commanders: If you know some former Company Commanders, you can ask them questions and use them as one of your resources.  This will be a great way to get “unbiased” advice, without fear of reprimand.  This is great for an issue you don’t want your Battalion Commander involved with.
  4. The CSM: The CSM in your battalion is a great resource.   They normally have tons of experience and want to see you succeed.  When you have issues that you and your First Sergeant can’t work out on your own, make sure you counsel with the CSM.  Trust me, they want to help.
  5. Our Website: I designed this website ( to serve as a resource for Company Commanders.  We offer lots of helpful tips and advice for current Commanders.  You can also check out my Part-Time Command, Full-Time Responsibility eBook or my Company Commander Training Course.
  6. JAG: JAG is a great resource for Company Commanders.  You can learn your legal dos and don’ts so you don’t get yourself in trouble.  When you first take command, sit down with your JAG and find out your basic rights as the commander, and different courses of action for different situations. Also, as problems arise in your unit, make sure you have JAG on speed dial.
  7. Books: There are 5-10 good books available about Company Command.  You should purchase these books, read them and add them to your leader’s library.  You can check out my recommended reading list to see what I recommend.

These are the most basic Company Commander Tools and Resources available.  If you know of another resource or tool, just leave a comment to this post and share it with the rest of our community. Also, if you have any questions we may be able to help you with, just ask them here and we will do our best to provide an answer.  Thanks.

8 thoughts on “Company Commander Tools and Resources”

  1. I agree that forums and websites can be a terrific resource, Just be careful of the source of the information. This is an area your peers and the CSM can help you with as well–accessing reliable resources. Quite frankly, I would come here first, because I think Chuck has done a heck of a job of pulling together information, tools and resources, as well as his own expertise, into one place. As a matter of fact, I got some good comments about it last night from my exhusband who is currently in Bahrain and who spent quite a bit of time on here the other night because of the great information and resources, and because he found a couple of historical articles of particular interest.

  2. This is an excellent list of resources for any Company Commander. The experience of those around you is invaluable, and the utilization of the CSM is another resource that cannot be overlooked. You have created a very comprehensive list of resources here which I’m sure will benefit many people, whether Company Commanders or not.

  3. This is a great list of Company Commander tools and resources. I think that forums and websites like this one are great places to start, and you can get a different perspective by talking to people who’ve been Company Commanders in the past. What I like is that you can learn not just about the role itself, but about leadership in general.

  4. Not long after I became a first sergeant, one of our AGR staff gave both the commander and me a handy tool: the Commander’s and First Sergeant’s Quick Reference Guide to Army Regulations. It’s not an official Army publication, but it is based on a document first produced by the IG office at Fort Jackson. A quick search on your favorite search engine should turn up a copy. It basically brings together key information that you would otherwise have to search through multiple Army Regulations to find, addressing issues like the Army Weight Control Program, administering leave, family care plans, AWOLs, counseling, corrective training, non-judicial action, and so forth. Some of it is of use primarily to active duty personnel, but it was very educational for me.

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