Staff Skills

Insights From Commanding Officers

By Army Knowledge Centre May 16, 2019

The Centre for Army Lessons (CAL) asked serving and former COs to reflect on their command appointments in order to provide tips for newly appointed COs.

Insights from Commanding Officers (2017) includes a number of different perspectives about command. What you take on board will depend on your own personal circumstances and professional environment.

The book is broken up into four chronological parts: preparation for command, your first 100 days, life in command and final thoughts.

You will find each of these sections share some common themes, such as the need for mentors, reflecting on your own performance, seeking advice, using missions command, suing subject matter experts, and getting out and about on the job.

If you have some anecdotes or a 'tip of the day' for the next publication, please drop CAL a line at army.lessons [at]



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The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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