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 Platoon Sergeant has somewhere between 10-15 years of military service. They normally have combat experience, too. In addition, the Platoon Sergeant previously served as a Team Leader, Squad Leader and/or Section Sergeant. Therefore, they are a seasoned NCO with plenty of real-world experience.
Platoon Sergeant Duties & Responsibilities
Listed below are the most common Platoon Sergeant duties and responsibilities:
The Platoon Sergeant is responsible for the individual training within their platoon. This includes Warrior Task Training and MOS related training. They ensure that each individual Soldier is proficient in their MOS and with basic Soldiering skills. Some of these tasks include qualifying with their weapon, physical fitness, first aid, communicating on a radio, drill and ceremonies, and the call for fire. The bottom line is that Soldiers must be able to do their job AND shoot, move and communicate in combat.
Enforce the Army Standards
The Platoon Sergeant is the disciplinarian in the platoon. They enforce all Army standards within their Platoon. Several examples include uniform standards, appearance standards, professionalism standards, and physical fitness standards. They make on-the-spot corrections when issues arise. They handle most issues directly with the Soldiers and their Squad Leader or Team Leader. When needed, they advise the Platoon Leader and make recommendations for Article 15’s, demotions, and other administrative and non-administrative punishments.
Handle Soldier Issues
Whenever a Soldier has an issue, the NCOs fix the problem. The Platoon Sergeant resolves Soldier issues that the Team Leaders and Squad Leaders can’t handle. This might include pay problems, personnel file problems, marital issues, financial problems, and anything else. This is done via counseling and/or close interaction with the Soldier.
The Platoon Sergeant keeps a close eye on personnel accountability. They must know where their Soldiers are at all times. They maintain personnel accountability with their Squad Leaders.
Platoon Sergeants are responsible for the welfare of their Soldiers. This includes their health and morale. To do so, Platoon Sergeants handle Soldier issues and serve as their Soldiers’ advocate to the Platoon Leader, First Sergeant, and Company Commander. Sometimes this entails working during non-duty hours. In essence, they check on their Soldiers’ quality of life, living conditions, and overall health and welfare.
Platoon Sergeants are responsible to ensure their Soldiers maintain a high level of physical fitness. They create effective physical fitness programs for their troops and also stay in shape themselves. When Soldiers fail to achieve Army standards, Platoon Sergeants must counsel their Soldiers and help them develop a plan to meet the Army standard.
Another common Platoon Sergeant duty is to maintain the platoon’s equipment. The Platoon Sergeant manages the platoon maintenance program.
During Motor Stables, the Platoon Sergeant facilitates PMCS and ensures all equipment receives its scheduled services. They check on ordered parts, verify the maintenance report, and work directly with the Platoon Leader to maintain a high level of operational readiness. They ensure the platoon’s equipment is safeguarded, stored properly, and maintained.
Platoon Sergeants ensure the billets are clean and their platoon area stays clean at all times. They might also be responsible for installation property, such as classrooms, billets, and office buildings.
Platoon Sergeants ensure their Soldiers are developed for positions of increased responsibility. They do this by giving classes, mentoring their subordinate NCOs, counseling Soldiers, and ensuring Soldiers receive formal and informal education on a variety of subjects. This includes classes, counseling, NCODP sessions, military education and civilian education.
Platoon Sergeants handle counseling, awards, promotions, pay issues and countless other administrative tasks for their Soldiers. They don’t always do everything themselves, but they make sure it is done to standard and on time.
Platoon Sergeants frequently work with the First Sergeant and Sergeant’s Major to staff flag detail, installation police call, and various other additional duties on a military installation.
Prepare Troops for Combat
In my opinion, this is the most important Platoon Sergeant duty. Platoon Sergeants must ensure their Soldiers are physically and emotionally prepared to deploy to war. They must ensure their Soldiers are trained and proficient on all Warrior and MOS related tasks. They ensure their Soldiers are mentally and physically tough.
Now that we’ve talked about some of the duties and responsibilities of the Platoon Sergeant, let’s take a moment and talk about the job description of the Platoon Sergeant.
Example Platoon Sergeant Job Descriptions
If you are looking for several example Platoon Sergeant Job Descriptions, you are in the right place. Listed below are six examples of a Platoon Sergeant Job Description. I found these examples from old NCOERs in my previous duty assignments.
I’ve also received input from former Platoon Sergeants. If you need to create your own job description for your NCOER, feel free to use these as a template, or just as a starting point.
Platoon Sergeant Job Description # 1
Serves as Platoon Sergeant in a light infantry platoon, part of a light infantry company in a light infantry battalion; Ultimately responsible for the ability of the platoon to fight and win in combat; Responsible for planning and executing individual training on Warrior Tasks and MOS Training; Supervises 8 NCOs and 24 Soldiers. Responsible for the health, welfare, morale and training of assigned Soldiers; Spearheads maintenance program for 24 pieces of MTOE equipment valued at $2.1 million; Serves as enlisted adviser to the Platoon Leader and handles the day-to-day activities within the platoon; Additional duties as unit Equal Opportunity Adviser.
Platoon Sergeant Job Description # 2
Serves as a Platoon Sergeant in a signal platoon, part of a signal company in a signal battalion; Primary responsibility to prepare platoon to deploy and fight in combat; Responsible for planning and executing individual training of the Soldiers and collective training of the platoon towards full mission readiness in support of the company combat service support missions; Responsible for sustaining mission readiness of materials and MTOE property valued at over $11 million. Responsible for the health, welfare, training and professional development of 29 Soldiers assigned to the platoon; Enforces the highest standards in Soldier appearance, morale, discipline and safety.
Platoon Sergeant Job Description # 3
Serves as Platoon Sergeant in a maintenance platoon, part of a Forward Support Company in a mechanized infantry battalion; Ultimately responsible for the ability of the platoon to fight and win in combat; Responsible for planning and executing individual training on Warrior Tasks and MOS Training; Supervises 5 NCOs and 21 Soldiers. Responsible for the health, welfare, morale and training of assigned Soldiers; Spearheads unit maintenance program for 63 pieces of MTOE equipment valued at $3.1 million; Serves as enlisted advisor to the Platoon Leader and handles the day-to-day activities within the platoon; Additional Duties as Readiness NCO.
Platoon Sergeant Job Description # 4
Serves as a Platoon Sergeant in a mortar platoon, part of a light infantry company in a light infantry battalion; Responsible for individual, MOS and Warrior Task Training within the platoon; Enforces Army Standards to everyone in the platoon; Plans, resources, supervises and assesses platoon training, along with the Platoon Leader; Ensures the platoon is mentally and physically prepared to do their wartime mission; Primary Hand Receipt Holder of $2.3 million in MTOE property. Responsible for the health, welfare, training and professional development of 26 Soldiers assigned to his platoon.
Platoon Sergeant Job Description # 5
Serves as a Platoon Sergeant of a truck platoon, part of a transportation company in a transportation battalion; Ultimately responsible for the ability of the platoon to fight and win in combat; Responsible for planning and executing individual training of the Soldiers and collective training of the platoon towards full mission readiness in support of the company combat service support missions and state emergency missions; Responsible for sustaining mission readiness of materials and MTOE property valued at over $4 million. Responsible for the health, welfare, training and professional development of 32 Soldiers assigned to his platoon; Enforces the highest standards in Soldier appearance, morale, discipline and safety; Additional duty of Awards NCO.
Platoon Sergeant Job Description # 6
Serves as the Platoon Sergeant of 4th platoon (fuel) in a supply company in a Forward Support Battalion. Responsible to plan, supervise and direct all fuel missions in the unit. Advises Platoon Leader and Company Commander on matters of fuel and material readiness; Enforces safety and environmental protection procedures and security for all fueling equipment; Confirms environmental protection program compliance, including spill prevention and contingency plans; Performs administrative duties as needed; Maintains 39 pieces of MTOE property valued at $7.3 million; Supervises 8 NCOs and 21 Soldiers.
Platoon Sergeant Job Description # 7
91X4O Platoon Sergeant
Serves as Platoon Sergeant for 5th Platoon in A BTRY 1-158 Field Artillery; responsible for discipline, accountability and development of 7 Soldiers and 7 NCOs; supervises personnel readiness, maintenance of $60 million worth of equipment; enforces technical and tactical training standards for unit mission accomplishments; advises the Maintenance Control Officer and S-4 on matters of maintenance and material readiness; enforces safety and environmental protection procedures and security for all maintenance equipment and supplies during mobilization. ~ Source: Army Writer
Once again, this is by no means a comprehensive list of Platoon Sergeant duties, responsibilities, and job descriptions. But it is a good starting point, and probably a 90% solution as to what they are supposed to do. In essence, the Platoon Sergeant is responsible for everything that their Soldiers do or don’t do. As you can see, the Platoon Sergeant duties and responsibilities are very significant. Although it is a very challenging job, it’s also very rewarding.
What are your thoughts? What do you think are the most important Platoon Sergeant duties and responsibilities that I have on this list? Also, is there anything I left off the list, but should have added? We would love to hear from those who are serving, or have served as a Platoon Sergeant. Leave a comment below and let us know. I look forward to hearing from you.
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