Posted on Nov 23, 2020
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I am an 11b NG private and ROTC Cadet. I joined the NG because my ROTC training was terrible and I didn't want to be a shitbag 2LT. I want to be the best infantryman possible and earn my salute. It's hard trying to improve with my unit when I am only there once a month. I PT and am very confident with my physical shape, but I want to improve my knowledge and capabilities so I can prepare on being an infantry officer. I want to go Ranger or SF if all goes right, but I just want to be squared away when I meet my future platoon.
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MAJ(P) Eugene Chu
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1. Change your rank to cadet if you are not commissioned yet
2. Look at forums about preparing for infantry BOLC; after college graduation, you will still have a few months of additional training as a new 2LT at Fort Benning
3. Learn about other relevant topics along with tactics; you still have to write OPORDs and evaluations, manage property along with other administrative duties besides combat as a commissioned officer
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LTC Jason Mackay
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PV2 (Join to see) Great opportunity to bond with your future NCOs by letting them teach you things.

https://www.rallypoint.com/command-post/new-officers-listen-up
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MAJ Armored Combat Command Commander
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Yes I agree. Understand the Troop Leading Procedures and OPORDs. Get a hold of a Tactical SOP for the infantry. Read it, learn it, memorize it. You need to act intuitively based on you knowledge. You won't have the confidence of the platoon until you can master that process.
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LTC Mark Beattie
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Learn to be a good follower, and take charge when placed in any level of leadership. Set an example for all around you including all ranks. Show initiative, volunteer for the tough jobs; don’t be afraid to share ideas, respectfully speak your mind. Being a good leader isn’t difficult and doesn’t require hours of study. It’s doing what you know is right, all the time....take every opportunity to get your hands on any and all weapons you can. Learn to shoot and maintain them....take every opportunity to deploy for field exercises and make every effort to understand the mission and your units plans. Watch your leaders and learn from them....you can even learn from bad leaders, and from every experience. If you don’t , then you’re not trying to learn. Good luck....the key success is built on small things that add up over time. It’s all really pretty simple....most people make things more difficult than it really is.
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SFC Senior Human Resources Nco (S1)
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Get in better physical shape even if you think you are in shape. Go to the Fort Benning website and look for IBOLC and Ranger school. There are many items you can study there. Ask for Ranger school. Go to Pathfinder. Listen to your NCOs. Ask for mentorship. If you want SF talk to a SF recruiter and try SFRE. Study a for the EIB.
Also like MAJ Chu mentioned there is a lot more to being an infantry PL than being a widow maker. There are also administrative tasks.
https://www.benning.army.mil/
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