In this article, I would like to discuss my experience with the KFOR8 rotation. In case you aren’t familiar with the acronyms or the mission, KFOR stands for Kosovo Force. NATO entered Kosovo in 1999 with their first rotation. ItContinue reading… My KFOR8 Rotation and Camp Bondsteel Kosovo Experience
If you are currently serving in the Army National Guard, there is a good chance that you might get deployed at some point in time. Since the Global War on Terrorism began more than ten years ago, more and moreContinue reading… How to Prepare for a National Guard Deployment
The best career advice I’ve ever heard was to “stay at the bottom as long as you can and then go straight to the top.” I learned that lesson from one of my former Company Commanders who is about toContinue reading… Best Career Lesson for Army Officers
Today, I want to talk about how to balance your Army National Guard and civilian career. One of my former Battalion Commanders once told me that the “National Guard” or anything else in life, will take whatever you give it.Continue reading… How to Balance Your Army National Guard and Civilian Career
Should you transfer to the Army IRR, retire, stay in, or get out of the military altogether? This is a difficult decision that every Soldier has to deal with at some point or another in their career. It’s seldom anContinue reading… Should You Transfer to the Army IRR?
The purpose of this article is to give you some sample senior rater bullets and senior rater comments for an Army Officer Evaluation Report. I will shed more light upon the NCOER in another blog entry. As a senior rater,Continue reading… Senior Rater Bullets and Senior Rater Comments: Tips for Writing Accurate OERs
The purpose of this post is to give you several sample OER bullets and OER comments. These comments can be for someone writing an OER for someone else or for someone preparing their own OER Support Form. Please keep inContinue reading… Sample Army OER Bullets and OER Comments
As National Guard and Army Reserve Officers, we’re busy. We prepare slides. We host meetings. We attend meetings. We plan missions. We conduct counseling. We lead training events. And we do all this in addition to our civilian day job! SimplyContinue reading… Are You an Effective Army Officer and Military Leader?
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”Continue reading… Cool Army Platoon Names
In the Army, the typical Army platoon size is approximately 20-30 Soldiers. However, the platoon size can fluctuate drastically depending on the mission of the Army platoon. The largest platoon size I’ve ever seen was approximately 70 Soldiers (maintenance platoon).Continue reading… Army Platoon Size