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                   Going into the posting process at the Maneuver Captain’s Career Course (MCCC), I felt confident that I would
receive a favorable follow on assignment after graduation. My confidence in my career thus far was strong and I felt I had progressed well in my professional development. Following graduation from West Point, I commissioned into the Infantry and attended Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC). My first unit of assignment was with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY where
I served as both a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer. I had earned my Expert Infantrymen’s badge and graduated from Ranger School. I felt I had done all the Army could ask of the prototypical Infantryman and performed well within the opportunities I had. I believed I could contribute
to any Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) unit immediately upon arriving. You could imagine my surprise when I received the U.S. Army Training Center & Fort Jackson, as my next unit of assignment following MCCC. I felt like I was getting benched by the Army.
Admittedly, I was very disappointed to go to a Basic Combat Training (BCT) post. My assignment to Fort Jackson left me feeling deflated following
all of my hard work at MCCC, and in my career
thus far. However, as with all things in the Army, my career kept rolling along and I needed to make a decision. I changed my mindset before arriving, kept an open mind, and have now experienced firsthand the development that a BCT assignment brings to officers. I promised myself to make the most of my command and I have gained valuable experience in the areas of company operations, administration, and other various areas to bring with to my next unit of assignment. Now, having commanded through three cycles and being on the back end of my tour at Fort Jackson, I hope to offer some lessons learned and words of encouragement to combat arms officers regarding the benefits of commanding within the BCT environment.
First and foremost, if you gain nothing else,
you will leave your command at Ft. Jackson well versed in company operations and training. Ft. Jackson’s main priority is training. You will have the opportunity to perform troop leading procedures as a company commander and observe MDMP
at the battalion level for BCT’s final field training exercise. Additionally, you will play an active role in the mentorship of your platoon leaders and platoon sergeants, as they execute the eight-step training model at the platoon level. As each of your platoons rotate through planning and leading training for
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