Posted on Dec 30, 2013
Capt Current Operations Officer (S 3)
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Going through school we are told to have a platoon commanders notebook. It supposed to be a notebook of each individual in our platoon and all their information.&nbsp;<div><br></div><div>We can also keep notes on each individual, how they perform ect.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>Does anyone else keep a book like this? If so what other type of information do you keep in it? Has it helped for Fitreps, evals, pros/cons ect?</div><div><br></div><div>The description they give us is very vague and Im not sure what exactly goes into this notebook, and if it is actually a notebook or just a binder with information on my Marines.</div><div><br></div><div>I think the concept of writing accomplishments, negatives and all is great, so that way individuals get acknowledge for when they do something good or can re-mediated if something is below par.</div><div><br></div>
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MAJ(P) Senior Human Resources Officer
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 I kept a book like this, but called it simply my Leader's Book. I also required my PSG to keep one of the Soldiers as well as the two NCOs under him kept one for each of their squads or those Soldiers they were responsible for counseling. It helps develop them as leaders and grwo as NCOs as well as keep track of the progress or shortfalls of an individual. Now what I required them to keep in it was the ERB enlisted Record Brief of their Soldier, Strip map to their house incase of missing formations or emergencies, copies of the last three counselings or counselings for on the spot corrections as well as good counselings for doing outstanding jobs. They also had to keep copy of the EMT-B certificate but were were medical platoon. Alot of it you can tailor to the type of platoon you are. Also PT cards from last two pt tests are good as well. More or less it is really about you learning who your Marines or Soldiers are and how they can achieve greatness by following up with them. the biggest thing I kept and made them keep was a short bio of the person and their short term and long term goals as well so I could do my best to help get them where they wanted to be.

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I have one that is essentially a personnel information/background data sheet for everyone in my Platoon. It covers everything from your typical Birthday/SSN/Home Address/Phone number, which is useful information to have on hand, especially when typing up awards, memo's, security access requests, etc... to Family members, Kids names, contact info for family. I also have things like Military achievements/training schools/current duties and responsibilities/APFT(Fitrep), etc... useful for NCOER's and Counseling Statements, or for giving someone a leadership responsibility over an area where they have specialized training. I also have educational background and interests, which is great for helping people reach their educational goals or getting a degree. Also other fun things like hobbies & interests which is useful for planning Platoon events and outings outside of work that everyone will enjoy. Additionally behind the data sheet for each Soldier I keep some blank pages where I can jot down notes, such as what trainings someone wants to do, how they've been performing, any injuries they've sustained, whether they've had recent incidents that may be affecting their performance (death, drugs, financial, legal troubles, divorce) so you can help them out and connect them with the resources they need, as well as follow-up on those issues at a later date. A Leader's book can really be as general or specific as you want or need it to be. I'd definitely think about what type of uses you want to get out of it, and build from there. There are also some great Phone Apps that keep track of this stuff. I don't remember the one for iPhone, but on Android - the "My Leaders Book" App is an excellent tool (albeit, I think it comes with a ~$4 price tag, but it is well worth it).
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SFC James Baber
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NCOs have had leaders books like this for years, we have everything from weapons cards to PFTs, personal data cards, counseling's, etc.. You are right it is a very good tool.
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