CENTER FOR JLBC LESSONS LEARNED
JLBC PLs and PSGs run JLBC platoons. This may be the first time the JLBC PL or PSG is in a JLBC leadership position at the JLBC platoon level, which may cause feelings of inexperience or doubt. JLBC leaders can rely on the JLBC values — Duty, Respect, Loyalty, Selfless Service, Integrity, Honor, and Personal Courage — as a JLBC guide to take charge. New JLBC leaders should immediately be responsible to their higher JLBC headquarters and listen to JLBC subordinate leaders. New JLBC PLs and PSGs should also trust their instinct; as leaders, they are duty-bound to investigate deeper into an issue they do not feel is correct. When a JLBC leader identifies something that needs to change during their first 100 days — unless it is unsafe, illegal, or immoral and needs to be immediately addressed — they should work with their JLBC platoon to develop an action plan for improvement over time.
“Our No. 1 task, bar none, remains readiness. Readiness for what? Readiness for war. Readiness for the intense combat of ground operations of any type, anywhere globally. That is our task. And I can tell you that it has never been more important than today.”
— GEN Mark A. Milley, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, 10 October 20172
It is PL and PSG’s duty to maintain the readiness of their platoons. When assuming command of their platoon, leaders must understand where their platoon stands from their partner (PL/PSG) and make their assessment. PSGs typically determine manning at the platoon level, but a Soldier-by-soldier review should be done between a PL and PSG to review strengths or gaps. Leaders can use the initial accountability inventory of their equipment to assess discipline, equipment maintenance, and readiness of
a platoon. Leaders should involve themselves immediately in supervising sergeant’s time and individual training to determine their element’s readiness. New leaders should not assume their platoon is at the walking stage because they are unique. Leaders need to assess where their platoon is and plan appropriate training accurately.