Posted on Jan 12, 2020
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I recently had a conversation with a colleague and we discussed at length this very question. It is obvious that everyone has their own opinion, but I am wondering what others think. If you knew you had a new NCO coming to your ranks with zero leadership time and you knew they were going to be a squad leader, where would you tell them to focus their attention? In regards to regulations and things they can learn/study on their personal time.
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AR 600-20, 350-1 and 670-1
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A lot surpass 600-2, but it has tons of useful information.SSG (Join to see)
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SFC James Cameron
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As a young Marine, a mentor of mine gave me the book “How to Make Friends and Influence People.” Later in my career after I had made the transition into the Army it helped me. I know it is not technical or tactical, but it was genuinely enlightening.

Our basic function as Leaders is to Teach, Coach, and Mentor. We have to give purpose, direction, and motivation to those that often have none or have it emphasized in the wrong areas.

If you’re noticing this in an upcoming Leader, follow our Creed Brother. Help and show what right looks like.
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SSG (Join to see) sorry 600-20. Stupid phone.
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SFC James Cameron - Very true and great information. I am actually going to check out this book myself. I was actually currently looking for a new book to read, so this may be it. Thanks!
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LTC Jason Mackay
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Regulations (not ADPs, TMs etc) Knowing what is in them and being able to find things.
600-20 - especially family care plans
350-1
600-9
670-1
735-5
608-99 Pre-Separation Support
635-200 Enlisted Separations

In the spirit of Sergeant Morales and my old PSG Tom Torres, I wish every first line would learn where to find info on the following to help their Joes:
- BAH
- how finance dysfunctions
- attends the Garrison R2 program overview so they can understand what help is out there for them and their soldiers.
- how to conduct PT without hurting people.
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IMO leadership is the most important skill to have, but you can't learn about it in a regulation. I would start with having the new NCO write down what leadership looks like, then refining the definition of a good leader. There are some key traits of leadership that have to be set in stone to create a good foundation.
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MAJ Armored Combat Command Commander
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SSG (Join to see) - Yes! Say thanks and celebrate when soldiers kickass.
We don't do that enough!

I was fortunate that the Senior NCOs bought into this:
- I arranged helicopter rides for all the soldiers. I inspected them for tags, Kevlar, and
issued them barf bags.
- We played football for Friday PT, lots of cardio.
- We did a long run and had TMP vehicles and hot chow at the end sometimes.
- All the soldiers got a BD cake and the day off.
- I BBQ for them every Thursday after SGTs time.
- Sometimes we did potlucks.
- We would pass down restaurant gift certificates to the soldiers.
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Hell yes sir. That sounds like some good old Night Stalker stuff that I got use to for awhile.
"Take care of your men and they will take care of the mission"
-Me
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SSG (Join to see) - I was there in 94. Great unit!
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MAJ (Join to see) 2015 to 2018. I miss it every day.
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