Staff Skills

Insights from Regimental Sergeant Majors

By Army Knowledge Centre May 16, 2019

The Centre for Army Lessons (CAL) asked serving and former Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSM) to reflect on their appointments in order to provide tips for newly appointed RSMs and for soldiers who aspire to be RSMs in the future.

Being an RSM is a demanding and sometimes a lonely job, but you will derive a great deal of personal and professional satisfaction from it. You will be a key member of the command team and you will have a special and unique place within your unit.

This booklet is broken up into four chronological parts; preparation for your posting, the first 100 days, life as an RSM and final thoughts. You will notice that common themes flow throughout such as: the importance of setting and maintaining strong routines and high standards, establishing and maintaining strong working relationships with the Commanding Officer and other key personnel, looking after soldiers and being accountable.

If you would like to contribute your observations and tips for the next edition, please write to CAL 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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