So, Sergeant Majors or Sergeants Major? Despite being a postpositive pair (noun-adjective), The Cove has found that the approved pluralisation in British tradition is Sergeant Majors.
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.
It doesn't matter if you’re a newly appointed RSM joining your unit or an RSM progressing through the tiers, The Cove has had some very informative articles written by RSMs, for RSMs, and for the development of their people.
The following links are a collection of articles and documents that can help RSMs best prepare for future appointments:
- Reflection from a RSM
- Defining the Role of the Regimental Sergeant Major
- Reflections on the Influence of a Regimental Sergeant Major
- The Regimental Sergeant Major in Planning
- Cove Challenge – 'I wish I had known'
- A Changing Army does not Arrive
- Return on Investment
- Reflections of a First Appointment RSM by Joshua Mattsson
- Reflections on Key Appointments – Regimental Sergeant Major by Damien Woolfe
The career of an RSM can include many appointments along with progression in tier. Why not pass on some of the valuable information you have learnt and consider writing a reflection and submitting to The Cove.
The Centre for Army Lessons (CAL) asked serving and former RSMs 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.
This booklet is broken up into four parts;
- preparation for your posting
- the first 100 days
- life as an RSM
- 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.
The career of an RSM can include many appointments along with progression in tier. Why not pass on some of the valuable information you have learnt and consider writing a reflection and submitting to The Cove?