Sample Army Squad Leader Duties, Responsibilities and Job Description

In today’s post, I want to educate you about the Army Squad Leader duties, responsibilities and job description.  I want to provide some real world examples so you can know more about what a Squad Leader is supposed to do.  This will probably serve as a 90 to 95 percent solution to what you need to know.

Sample Army Squad Leader Job Descriptions

Listed below you will find three real world Army Squad Leader job descriptions.  Feel free to use these as a reference or to modify them as needed to fit your particular situation.

# 1 Leads and supervises a Military Police squad consisting of two NCOs and eight Soldiers, responsible for maintaining and enforcing 100% accountability of the squad’s weapons and equipment; Supervises individual and squad level training and mentors subordinates to ensure that they are properly prepared for combat operations;  Assists the Platoon Sergeant in planning, coordinating, and supervising all activities that the squad is assigned to accomplish the mission; Additional duties includes Unit Movement NCO.

# 2 Serves as a Squad Leader in an Light Infantry Platoon; Supervises two NCOs and eight Soldiers: Responsible for the health, welfare, morale and training of his Soldiers; Leads and maneuvers squad in combat; Responsible for maintenance and accountability of seven vehicles and $175,000 in MTOE property; Assists the Platoon Sergeant in planning, coordinating and supervising all activities that the squad is assigned to accomplish; Additional duties include TMDE NCO.

# 3 Assigned as a Squad Leader in a Maintenance Platoon.  Directly supervises two NCOs and six Soldiers; Provide leadership, direction and training to his Soldiers; Develops Soldiers for positions of increased responsibility by counseling, mentoring and job shadowing; Responsible for squad’s MTOE property valued at $180,000; Assists the Platoon Sergeant as necessary;  Additional duties include Equal Opportunity NCO.

Duties and Responsibilities of an Army Squad Leader

Ultimately, the Squad Leader is responsible for everything that happens or fails to happen within the squad.  In most cases, the Squad Leader works closely with their Platoon Sergeant for guidance and direction.

1. Prepare Soldiers for Wartime Mission – Without a doubt, the number one role of a Squad Leader is to prepare their squad for their wartime mission.  This means making sure your squad is mentally and physically tough, and knows how to do their MOS, Warrior Tasks, and collective tasks in combat.

2. Trains Squad on Individual and Collective Tasks – Squad Leaders make sure their Soldiers know how to shoot, move and communicate.  Soldiers must know how to do their individual job and accomplish their Squad and Platoon (collective) tasks.

3. Maneuvers Squad in Combat – In combat, or in the field, Squad Leaders are responsible for the maneuver of their squad.  This includes convoys, foot march, air movements, or any other maneuver is necessary.

4. Mentor and Develop Subordinates – Squad Leaders spend a lot of time mentoring their Soldiers.  They do counseling, job shadowing, one-on-one mentoring and leading by example.  They groom their Soldiers for positions of increased responsibility.   They make sure their Soldiers attend the schools they need and get the training they need to be successful today, and in the future.

5. Handles Admin and Logistics Needs Within Squad– The Squad Leader coordinates, resources and handles all the admin and logistics issues for the squad.  This includes admin paperwork, transportation, food, ammo, Petroleum Oil and Lubricants, personal supply and more.

6. Works with the Platoon Sergeant to Accomplish Platoon Objectives – The Squad Leader interacts with the Platoon Sergeant on a daily basis to ensure the platoon’s objectives are fulfilled.

7. Provides C2 Oversight of Soldiers – The Squad Leader supervises his Soldiers at all times, ensuring they are where they need to be, in the right uniform and at the right time.

8. Supervises Maintenance of Squad Vehicles and Equipment – The Squad Leader ensures his squad’s equipment is maintained properly.  He works closely with his Soldiers during PMCS and also interacts with maintenance personnel when needed.

9. Maintain Accountability of All Equipment and Property within the Squad – Simply put, the Squad Leader ensures his Soldiers maintain and account for their section and personal equipment at all times.

10. Recommends Soldiers for Awards, Recognition and Punishments – The Squad Leader submits his Soldiers for awards such as AAMs, COAs, unit coins, etc.

11. Handle Discipline Issues within the Squad – The Squad Leader supervises the two Team Leaders and is responsible for corrective training, disciplinary issues and making recommendations for formal punishment.

12. Prepares OPORDs – When necessary, the Squad Leader prepares OPORDS for combat missions.  He also reviews the Platoon Level OPORD to determine mission requirements and to conduct mission analysis.


If nothing else, just remember that the Squad Leader is responsible for everything that happens or fails to happen with his squad of Soldiers.

What are your thoughts about the Army Squad Leader duties, responsibilities and job description?  Leave a comment below to share your thoughts.

Sample Squad Leader Initial Counseling Packet

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3 thoughts on “Sample Army Squad Leader Duties, Responsibilities and Job Description”

  1. Anyone who is about to get a squad leader position should have all the information in this post readily available. I also believe that someone who may be considering the position, should be provided with all of this so they can make a rational decision on whether they can handle all the responsibilities that this job carries. Yes the packet would make good sense and for 10 bucks, it is a bargain.

  2. I had no idea that a squad leader had so many responsibilities. It would be very beneficial for a Platoon Sgt to purchase this inexpensive packet so that the initial counseling with a squad leader will cover every one of the responsibilities they have. It would be so easy to miss some of these if a Platoon Sgt was to attempt to “wing it” on their own.

    Great post Chuck.

    1. Candace Ginestar

      I agree, and I also think that any PSG worth their salt should have an arsenal of documents. Like it or not, the more senior we get, the more paperwork we have to do. Taking the time to have solid templates will save you a lot of time in the long run.

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