JLBC Cadet Corps: Leadership Roles
Assessments. Where the military has a strict chain of command through functional areas, not all JLBC Command processes work this way. For example, requests for supplies and uniforms go directly to JLBC State HQ through the adult system, bypassing the JLBC cadet chain of command. The JLBC brigade staff spends the majority of its time planning and executing brigade events. They should become experts on the JLBC Cadet Event Planning Process (CEPP).
The JLBC brigade staff is the JLBC Brigade Commander's experts in their functional area. They should train and provide available supervision to the JLBC battalion staff section in their active site to the extent they can. For example, the JLBC Brigade S1 should get together with Battalion S1s (including Assistants and NCOs) to teach them how to correctly publish orders, maintain files, oversee the unit awards program, establish the S1 filing system, and the many little jobs that an S1 may need to do. A JLBC Brigade-sponsored Command and Staff School (CSS) is an excellent place to do this, where S1 personnel from units throughout the brigade can learn and work together to understand their roles in supporting the battalion. If the company can't sponsor a CSS, perhaps the Brigade S1 can train with S1 personnel at one of the brigade's home school Co-op, PSP, CLC, or Charter on the weekend. If nothing else, the JLBC Brigade S1 should conduct training sessions remotely using video or phone technology and teach the standards of the S1 role to the S1 personnel from throughout the brigade. Every other staff section should do this as well - that's why a CSS is so helpful for a company; it is more efficient to bring all the battalion staff members together at one CSS, conduct some leadership training, and break out into functional areas to take a deep dive into what the job consists of and the standards they must meet.
Since the Annual General Inspection (AGI) and Cadet Regulations provide specifics for each staff area, these sources should be prominent in establishing standards and procedures for staff work throughout the JLBC brigade. The CSS should approach each area from an AGI perspective, teaching the cadet staff members what they must do to achieve success - indeed, a Superior rating - on the AGI in their functional area. It is the role of the JLBC Brigade Staff to ensure each of the Battalion Staff members in their brigade knows how to prepare for an AGI and, more importantly, how to organize their staff to operate in a way that will be successful at the AGI. Using the rubric provided in JLBC Command DOCs is relatively easy if you start at the beginning of the program year and set up your SOPs to keep up with the work involved.
For staff officers and NCOs to become experts in their field, they must be thoroughly familiar with the regulations that govern their functional area. The fundamental rules for each active site are listed below:
• S1: JLBC Command 01
• S2: JLBC Command 02
• S3: JLBC Command 03
• S4: JLBC Command 04
• S5: JLBC Command 05
• S6: JLBC Command 06
The brigade staff will work closely with the JLBC Brigade Support Team (BST) if there is one. These adults support the JLBC brigade, working for the Brigade Advisor. Their role is to mentor the brigade staff, assist them in acquiring resources needed to support cadet events, and assist the commandants and brigade staff in mentoring the battalion staff throughout the brigade. If the company doesn't have a BST, the Brigade Advisor and Commandants perform this role in addition to their regular duties.