Posted on Mar 11, 2014
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I never had a Sergeant really show me the contents of a really good leader's book. After a lengthy NCOPD with CSM Dodson of the 94th AAMDC, I feel that my Leader's Book may be lacking. I have what I feel is the basics, soldiers personal information (name, rank, dob, dor, etc), soldiers training (ind weapon, crew weapon, apft, ssd, college), I also have his awards, what his rack should look like, pov info, clothing sizes. I also have the units mission, BN guidelines. I guess what I'm getting at is, what do you have in your Leader's book that is helpful to have other than the basics or if you feel like giving away your secrets, what is in their that really sets it apart?
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I have always maintained that a Leader's Book has had it's value over time. Every unit will have a Senior NCO that will say something different. I keep in mine:

1) Soldier's ERBs and Personal Data Sheets
2) Profiles
3) Units mission statement
4) Platoon Monthly PT Calendar
5) 8 Step Training Model
6) FTX Recovery
7) Platoon Vehicle Assignment
8) Training Calendar (Long/Short Range)

After that, I have the basic: UCMJ breakdown, Creed of the NCO, strip maps to Soldiers residence, phone roster. The basics.
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Here is my personal answer and opinion. For me I have nothing in my "Leaders Book". The reason is I do not have a leaders book. There are a few reasons for this. One is when I was a younger E4 team chief and such everytime I turned around a new platoon sergeant or 1SG would be putting out a new standard for counseling packets that required most of the in for I carried in a leaders book redundant. Two is the only time I ever needed it was when it was on an MOI for a board which I haven't seen in a while. Third and maybe the biggest reason is I am a Signal guy. There has not been a day in the military that has gone by where I have not had access to a computer. Everything I need is at the tip of my fingers or a key stroke away. So those important stats like APFT scores, marksmanship, and other stats I have a tracker for. As far as some of that other info people like to carry around I don't. I have never once in all my years been asked what size ACU pants my Soldier wears, POV inspections are almost always maintained by the platoon or company, and things like training schedules or PT schedules are posted.

Personal opinion a traditional leaders book was probably needed pre internet age and may still be needed for those MOS feilds that spend days on foot out in the thick of things. Just like 1SG use to keep accountability or PERSTAT on the inside of their little green book cover. Now the orderly room maintains a digital copy to be easily sent and reported to higher. Change is good.
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Change is good. I use an app now without any PII. The only "hard copy" I carry is an excel spreadsheet of their 350-1 Certs and due dates (which most of them are due on their birthday month) and MEDPROS with due dates.
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I so agree! We need to keep up with the change of time/age. Leaders should think outside the box. I understand, past is important so we can make our present and future decisions fresh and forward.
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Content is fine if all you want is paperwork. It already seems like you have enough admin info on them. If I were you I would be asking myself if my mentor/professional relationship with them is strong enough? Do my guys know that they can come to me for their problems? Do they know that I support them? Am I the kind of leader that they would want to fight for down range? Or am I the kind of leader that they would have to fight for down range?
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