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                  kept updated for each Trainee within your platoon. As the Army evolves into the digital age of record keeping, we as lieutenants must remain abreast of changes to Army systems so that we can effffectively manage our Trainees and their records. ThThe records we initiate in DTMS for new Trainees, as well as
for our cadre, benefifit them and their future units because they maintain readiness for training requirements and also keeps Soldiers eligible for
future semi- centralized promotions. ThThe days where APFT scores and weapons qualififications are maintained a a n n d d u u p p d d a at t e e d d through eMILPO are gone. Units
a ar re e n n o ow w required
to update these records through DTMS in order for Soldier’s records to be maintained for promotion. A As s P P l l a at t o o o on n Leaders in BCT, this
i i s s a a g g r re e a at t opportunity for us junior
offifficers to learn DTMS so that we can affffect BCT Trainees records and also carry a new skillset to take with us to our
next unit. Additionally, you will be responsible for awards, evaluation reports, disciplinary concerns, ensuring Drill Sergeants are certifified, physically fifit, mentally tough, confifident, and competent to execute their prescribed missions. ThThese responsibilities are extremely critical to our mission, so we must strive to be the total Army leader; scholar, leader, and athlete!
Meet Your Commanders Intent
As a Platoon Leader you must echo your commander’s intent within your platoon to achieve mission success. Your duties and responsibilities include the maintenance, accountability, and operational readiness of all platoon facilities
and equipment; execution of weekly platoon training meetings; coordination, synchronization, and execution of the platoon’s training events; enforcement of standards and discipline throughout the training cycle; and accountability for training and professional development of cadre. ThThese tasks can be challenging if you do not have the buy-in from your Drill Sergeants and the commander’s intent is unpopular. ThThis is where you exercise leadership by getting involved and it is up to you
to inflfluence others to achieve the desired end result. But by being that humble, confifident, selflfless, hard-working, and mentally fifit leader, meeting
your commander’s intent should not be a problem because your platoon is more inclined to support you and your commanders’ goals for the unit. Teamwork is constantly bred into the military and it is through this act that we accomplish the mission together.
Platoon Leadership
  1LT Joseph B. Obregon is a Platoon Leader in Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, 193rd Infantry Brigade. He graduated from ROTC in December of 2016 after a 10-year enlisted career as 94E (Radio and Communications Security Repairer).
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