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                  Communication is Vital for Successful Platoon Leadership
  1SG Robert Hordern
The success of a Platoon in the United States Army depends largely on the Platoon Sergeant’s (PSG) effectiveness and the
Platoon Leader’s ability to work together as a team and communicate decisively with one another. Even though each role comes with drastically different experiences, the combined knowledge and experience of both are essential for Platoon success. If the Leadership of a Platoon cannot work together and reach mutual respect, they will both be failing one another. Effective communication amongst subordinates, peers and higher creates awareness and a shared understanding that will promote proficiency so that team members can develop a sense of belonging and strengthen relationships.
In the following pages, I will explain what the Army has laid out for these two individuals to be qualified to lead a Platoon. The knowledge and tactical expertise make them a formidable team when paired together. Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) strive to be tactically and technically proficient. We are subject matter experts and have gained valuable tactical knowledge from combat deployments we can use to assist the Platoon Leader when situations arise. Officers can extend their influence beyond their chain of command and effect change at the strategic level. This whole process can begin at the basic level of a Platoon Leader engaging with a foreign population, winning their hearts and minds. I will tell how I have attempted to improve my leadership skills and
future leaders’ confidence, ability to communicate, and standard practices that might benefit someone new to a platoon leadership position.
Leadership Roles Defined
A Platoon Leader is an Officer usually in the rank of Second Lieutenant who has received a commission issued under the authority of the President of the United States. They establish policies, manage resources, balance risk, and are responsible for caring for their Soldiers and the well-being of their Soldiers’ families. A platoon leader is the first level of an officer’s career and will be their first assignment within the military. Officers receive formal university instruction, which teaches a vast range of knowledge applied throughout their careers. Officers are adaptable and can translate their orders into action that their subordinates can execute. Ultimately, the responsibility for any mission success or failure will reside with the officer in charge of the unit (Department of the Army, 2019, para 1-108).
Platoon Sergeants are Soldiers who have advanced through the junior enlisted ranks to become a Sergeant First Class. They are the highest- ranking Noncommissioned Officer in a Platoon and are responsible for setting and maintaining high standards and discipline within the organization. Typically, with at least seven to ten years of experience in the military, NCOs are responsible
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