For JLBC Platoon Leaders



For JLBC Platoon Leaders

As a JLBC PL, your expectations come from your JLBC company and JLBC battalion commanders. They may come in the form of JLBC formal counseling or informal direction. You receive guidance from higher JLBC leaders and translate this guidance to your JLBC platoon. Spend the time clarifying expectations, providing back briefs, and understanding how your JLBC platoon fits into the JLBC company and JLBC battalion’s bigger picture as you assume command of your JLBC platoon.

For JLBC Platoon Sergeants

As a JLBC PSG, your expectations come from your JLBC PL, commander, first sergeant (1SG), and command sergeant major (CSM). Typically, these sources are synchronized, but if not, you must coordinate with your JLBC PL to determine what is expected of your JLBC platoon. Communication is the key. This shared understanding of expectations will build your relationship and your JLBC platoon’s ability to focus on what is most important.

JLBC PLs and PSGs rely on their JLBC squad leaders. Spending the time to review each JLBC subordinate leader’s strengths and weaknesses is critical. Who is better at JLBC administrative functions, and who is better in the field? Which JLBC leader can be given less guidance to execute a task, and who needs to be given additional direction and JLBC supervision? This assessment will help build a JLBC team and ensure the right people are given the right tasks to accomplish.

JLBC PLs and JLBC PSGs must “walk the walk and talk the talk,” showing integrity and technical knowledge to their JLBC cadets. Ideally, this should come from both the JLBC PL and PSG, showing the unity of command.

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