Sample Army OER Bullets and OER Comments

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 in mind that OER Comments are different from NCOER Comments. Comments on the OER are typically …

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Are You an Effective Army Officer and Military Leader?

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! Simply put, we are crazy busy. We’ve got the motor at the red-line going ten thousand …

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Army Platoon Size

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). And, the smallest platoon size I ever saw was approximately 5-10 Soldiers (EOD). Each Army …

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Platoon Leader Duties and Job Description

This post will cover the most common Army Platoon Leader duties and responsibilities.  We will also provide a sample Platoon Leader job description. Serving as a Platoon leader is one of the best jobs in the Army.  I’m not sure of anywhere else in the world, where someone in their early 20’s, right out of …

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Platoon Leader Platoon Sergeant Relationship

The Platoon Leader, Platoon Sergeant Relationship is a beautiful thing when it works right. A long time ago, the Army realized that all new Platoon Leaders needed a seasoned Platoon Sergeant to learn from. And that’s how the Platoon Leader, Platoon Sergeant relationship started. When a new Army Officer assumes the duties as a Platoon …

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Army Platoon Training: 13 Steps to Follow

This post will review platoon training. The Army eats, sleeps and breathes training. Throughout history, the U.S. Army’s success on the battlefield can be contributed to training. Sure, it takes equipment, Soldiers, and leaders to win battles. But, these leaders and Soldiers must be trained properly to win! Everything revolves around training. In your platoon, …

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Platoon Sergeant Initial Counseling

In today’s post, I’d like to educate you about the Platoon Sergeant initial counseling. Most new Second Lieutenants are recent college graduates with no experience on how to do an Army Counseling the right way. They’re greener than green! As a result, most stumble through the counseling process with their Platoon Sergeant, or even worse, …

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Platoon Sergeant Duties, Responsibilities and Job Description

The purpose of this page is to discuss the Army Platoon Sergeant duties, responsibilities and job description. Serving as a Platoon Sergeant is a tough and challenging job, which comes with an enormous amount of responsibility. In my opinion, serving as a Platoon Sergeant is one of the most demanding jobs in the Army. Normally, a …

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Army Troop Leading Procedures

In the Army, small unit leaders (Officers and NCOs) utilize the Troop Leading Procedures to conduct mission analysis and plan for upcoming missions. The Troop Leading Procedures are a systematic approach to plan, resource and execute any mission. In essence, the Troop Leading Procedures consist of eight simple steps leaders should follow when planning missions. …

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