Our 'tips' series for personnel marching-in to key positions has been very popular. Already, we've released tips for Commanding Officers, Sub-Unit Commanders and Regimental Sergeants Major. We're aligning these with AKC's Command Handbook series. In this article we're collating our resources for new Lieutenants and Troop/Platoon Commanders. In what is our biggest collection so far, here's some links to our content for those officers undertaking their first appointments.
- Afghanistan NEO Platoon Commander by Interview with LT Samuel Burston
- Communicating and Planning on the Job - A Junior Officer's Reflection by Ashby Green
- Important Leadership Attributes of Junior Officers by Aiden Sauer
- Shock Action – Approaches from the Platoon and Troop Level by Gerard Donnelly
- A Platoon Commander's Lessons by Gabriel Mead
- Responsibility, Accountability, Culpability – Three Cognitive Pillars to Guide Command Comprehension and Decision Making by Michael Scott
- Professional Development for Junior Combat Leaders by Dave McCammon
- Who am I? Where am I? What am I Doing? A Leadership Reflection by Mick Janssen
- Leadership vs Management by Chris McDougall
- Leadership vs Likership by Robert Gibson
- Reflections of a Reserve ASWOC Troop Commander by Aaron Thomas
- To be a 21st Century Subaltern: Reflections on Junior Leadership by Dominic Dawes
- Reflections on Key Appointments – The SERCAT 5 Junior Officer by Marlon Schroeder
- What I Wish I Knew At H-Hour by Dominic Dawes
- Meditations as a Leader by Aiden Baker
AKC have also produced a Command Handbook for Lieutenants, this document is also available via Army Doctrine Online.
When you complete your time as a Troop/Platoon Commander consider writing to us at The Cove so we can update the above list with your lessons that will benefit not only young leaders coming out of training, but also the people they lead and Army's capability.