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                  Platoon Leaders in the Army Basic Combat Training Company
 1SG Joseph S. Cappa
Leaders have expressed mixed reactions to the assignment of lieutenants as platoon leaders within Basic Combat Training
(BCT) companies. The results of an Army review of misconduct provided the justification for the creation of platoon leader positions. Once the analysis of the data was completed, senior leaders discovered three key facts:
1. Its training formations primarily consisted of personnel in the earliest stages of the solidarization process.
2. These units had a high leader to led ratio.
3. There was no commissioned officer assigned at the platoon level.
The presence of platoon leaders enhances the quality of training in the Initial Entry Training (IET) environment, assists commanders by preventing behavioral drift, manages training, and creates a developmental opportunity for the
platoon leader and senior drill sergeant by setting conditions for the formation of a platoon leadership team.
One company first sergeant expressed confusion regarding the employment of platoon leaders within his company and that his subordinate noncommissioned officers were resistant to the change. Some of the more engaged platoon leaders met resistance from drill sergeants, who believed that the officers were creeping into the lane of their responsibilities. The assignment of platoon leaders presents a fantastic opportunity for the senior drill sergeants. They can now establish their first actual officer to NCO partnership and begin to develop themselves in preparation for their future platoon sergeant job in FORSCOM. Furthermore, the NCO and officer relationship establish the first level of echelon mission command in echeloned leadership between a platoon sergeant and platoon leader.
Critical to this established behavior, the onset of conditions sets future NCO and officer relationships for success. According to Army
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