If you are looking for information about the Platoon Sergeant’s Leader’s Book, you are in the right place. Just about every Platoon Sergeant I’ve ever known always had one of those worn out, leather, jam-packed books filled with their platoon’s information. This is often referred to as their Platoon Sergeant’s Leader’s Book.
In the paragraphs below, I want to share some of the information that should be stored in the leader book. Let’s get started.
- A Soldier Roster: This would include the Unit Manning Roster for the Platoon outlining all the duty positions, soldiers authorized and actual soldiers assigned.
- Profiles: Any copy of the temporary or permanent profile for all of his soldiers (that have one).
- Contact Information: The name, address, phone number and email of all of his/her soldiers.
- Weapons Qualification Summary: A spreadsheet showing who is qualified with their assigned weapon, when it expires, and who needs to get qualified.
- Rating Scheme: The rating scheme for all of the soldiers in the platoon.
- APFT Information: A copy of the APFT Cards, or a summary of the APFT Scores for everyone in the platoon. This should also include the APFT Failures and HT/WT Failures.
- A List of the Platoon’s Equipment: A copy of the MTOE or equipment listing of all assigned equipment.
- Counseling Information: A copy of all “negative counseling’s” plus a copy of the monthly/quarterly counseling’s for everyone the Platoon Sergeant directly supervises.
- Training Calendar and Training Schedule: A copy of the company and platoon training calendar and training schedule.
- Platoon METL: I know, Platoons aren’t officially “authorized” a METL, but the Platoon Sergeant should have a list of critical tasks the platoon must be able to do. This should also include a “grade or score” for each task, plus a plan on how the platoon will improve in each task.
- NCOERs: A copy of his direct report’s three most recent NCOERs, plus a copy of the Platoon Sergeant’s most recent NCOER.
- Maintenance Schedule: A maintenance schedule for the platoon’s equipment, detailing when services are due and what the plan is to get it done.
- 026 Report: An updated/current status of the readiness of the platoon’s equipment.
- A List of Open Issues: Any open/pending/hot issues the Platoon Sergeant must take care of in the immediate future. This would also include suspenses.
If you can think of anything else that should be in the Platoon Sergeant’s Leader’s Book, feel free to let me know. Just leave a comment to this post to share your thoughts. Also, if you have any questions, you can post those below and I will do my best to provide an answer.