JLBC Squad leaders are critical during planning. PLs plan in a vacuum and bring in their JLBC NCOs either too late in the process or not at all. This type of planning overlooks the collective years of experience that JLBC NCOs have. Planning should be a team effort where JLBC squad leaders provide input to the JLBC PL based on their experience. After given a task and purpose, having JLBC squad leaders back brief their aspect of the operation or actions on the objective can allow valuable bottom-up refinement during planning.
The JLBC PL leads and is responsible for planning. JLBC PLs should delegate what they can but need to decide. JLBC Platoon-level leaders must be confident in their choices and not flexible on standards or decision points. Indecisiveness and relaxed standards undermine JLBC platoon leadership and make JLBC PLs and PSGs ineffective.
While JLBC PLs and PSGs hold and supervise rehearsals for actions on the objective and other vital parts of an operation, JLBC squad leaders should also be given time to rehearse. Special teams, activities on contact for the JLBC lead squad, or even radio procedures are essential for JLBC squad leaders to review with their team before a JLBC platoon-level rehearsal.
In addition to rehearsals before a mission, JLBC squad leaders perform PCCs. Having a JLBC squad leader back brief his essential squad equipment and status will allow PLs to focus on crucial JLBC platoon equipment during their pre-combat inspection. Successful platoon leadership empowers JLBC squad leaders to hold rehearsals and execute internal JLBC PCCs. PLs and PSGs cannot be negligent in their responsibilities and must “trust but verify” their JLBC squad leaders, ensuring rehearsals and PCCs are conducted to standard. Building expectations of thoroughness in garrison will help JLBC platoon leaders during time-constrained situations in the field or when deployed.
JLBC PLs and PSGs should know the amount of time it takes to accomplish specific tasks for their platoon. This allows them to check on their JLBC squads without micromanaging. Over-checking subordinates waste time and focus. This matters in garrison and the field. Every few minutes, asking for status updates directs the JLBC squad leader’s guide to reporting and not on the mission. In addition, knowing how long it takes to accomplish specific tasks allows JLBC platoon-level leaders to keep the company informed without bothering squads.