Today, I want to share the top seven Army Regulations for Small Unit Leaders. These are regulations that I think everyone serving at the company level and below (both Officers and NCOs) should be very familiar with, and have on hand as a quick reference.
Let’s face it; the small units ARE the Army. Leaders in these units are responsible for training Soldiers, enforcing the Army’s standards and setting a good example. As a result, these leaders must know their job, they must know the regulations, and they must ensure their Soldiers are in compliance with these rules and regulations.
As a leader, you need to EDUCATE yourself about the Army’s rules and policies, so you know what right looks like. I suggest you start out with these seven regulations below and go from there. Please keep in mind that the Army does change the numbering system on their regulations from time to time, so the numbers of these regulations below might change again in the near future.
# 1 FM 7-22 Physical Fitness
This regulation covers physical fitness, the PT test, and how to conduct PT. There are lots of good examples with different workouts. It also covers the APFT standards, how to conduct an APFT and so much more. Staying in shape and keeping your Soldiers in shape is an important part of your job. This should be required reading for every leader.
# 2 AR 670-1 Army Uniform Policy
This is one of the most important resources on this list. You really need to know the Army’s Uniform Policy, especially the NCOs. You need to know what uniforms are authorized, what can be worn with each uniform, and what right looks like. This will ensure your uniform is squared away and that your subordinate Soldiers don’t look all jacked up.
# 3 FM 22-5 Drill and Ceremony
Everyone needs to know basic drill and ceremony. Whether you are an Officer or NCO, you need to know how to do formations, how to march Soldiers around and move them as a group. This is the regulation you need to study if you want to get good at that.
# 4 AR 350-1 Army Training and Leader Development
This is really an important regulation, especially if you supervise others. One of the most important aspects of being a military leader is training and developing your subordinates for positions of increased responsibility. You can do that through job shadowing, counseling and leading by example. This regulation covers just about every aspect of mentoring, counseling and leader development.
# 5 AR 735-5 Property Accountability Policies
Every Army Leader should have a basic understanding of unit supply, how to issue property, how to do inventories and how to account for and maintain Army property. This regulation is a great starting point. Add in AR 710-2 (Supply Policy Below the National Level) and you have a one-two punch.
# 6 AR 750-1 Army Material Maintenance Policy – Every Army leader needs a basic understanding of unit maintenance. You should understand PMCS and Scheduled Services. You should also understand maintenance priorities and maintenance flow. This regulation will give you a very good understanding of how to take care of your personal equipment and unit’s equipment.
# 7 FM 7-8 Infantry File Platoon and Squad – Whether you are an Infantry Soldier, a mechanic, or Finance Clerk, you need to have a basic understanding about how to shoot, move and communicate in combat. All Officers and NCOs should familiarize themselves with FM 7-8 so they understand basic Army tactics. This can save your life when you deploy!
There you have it folks. These are my top 7 Army Regulations for Small Unit Leaders in the Army, National Guard and Army Reserves. I believe you should have a copy of each one of these regulations printed out, and in your leader’s book or leader’s library. Make sure you read it and have a basic understanding of what the policies are. You don’t need to memorize everything, but you should know where to reference to find the information you are looking for.
What are your thoughts? What do you think are the most important regulations for Small Unit Leaders? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts.