In my opinion, all Army platoons should have a platoon name.
Also known as a platoon nickname, the platoon name, or mascot, is a symbol or term that best defines the platoon.
Platoon names are important because they help “identify” the platoon.
Having a good name will also improve morale and enable Soldiers to be part of a team with its own unique identity.
While I was in Company Command, we chose the term “Spartans” for our company name.
My Soldiers chose this name because it is closely affiliated with proven, strong and competent warriors.
In addition, each one of my platoons had their own unique name.
This had a huge, positive impact on unit morale.
You may choose a different platoon nickname based upon the mission of your platoon.
For instance, if your platoon is a transportation platoon, several example platoon names could include:
- Night Train
In my opinion, the actual name of your platoon is far less important than simply having a platoon name.
Even if your platoon name sounds different, don’t fret.
As long as it is non-offensive and your Soldiers like it, you are good-to-go.
Each time a platoon is called to attention, all Soldiers sound off with the platoon name.
The platoon name is also used as the greeting of the day when Soldiers greet their Officers and NCOs.
Personally, I’ve found that having a platoon name is a great way to improve unit morale.
And, it’s really easy to do.
The best thing to do is take suggestions for platoon names from your Soldiers.
Once you have three to five good options to choose from, put it to a vote among everyone in the platoon.
Don’t make the mistake and just pick a platoon name yourself (make a note of that Platoon Leaders).
Remember, you want your Soldiers to “buy-in” to the idea.
That won’t happen if you don’t get their input and let them choose the platoon name.
Once you establish a platoon name, you should have one of your Soldiers “draw” or “paint” a picture that you can incorporate into your unit coin, letterhead, signs, t-shirts, etc.
For example, if your platoon nickname is War-Hawks, you could have one of your Soldiers create a “war-hawk” logo and paint it in your platoon area.
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Here is some additional advice.
If you are a new Platoon Leader and your platoon already has a platoon name, don’t be too quick to change it.
Seek input from your Platoon Sergeant and other NCOs about whether or not they are happy with the platoon name.
If your platoon likes the current platoon name, keep it.
If they want to change the platoon name, change it.
If your platoon doesn’t have a platoon name, take a few minutes to brainstorm some ideas.
Talk with your NCOs and Soldiers about potential platoon names, and then have your entire platoon vote for the platoon name they like best.
In conclusion, platoon names are very important.
All Army platoons should have a platoon name to identify the uniqueness of the platoon.
If your platoon doesn’t have a platoon name, be proactive and establish one right away.
By doing so, you will improve the morale and cohesion within your platoon.
As an added thought, you could have your musical soldiers develop a platoon song incorporating your new platoon name.
On a side note, I would love to hear your thoughts about having a platoon name.
What are some suggested names you can think of?
How did you pick your platoon name?
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