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Platoon Sgt Essays

PLATOON SERGEANT UNCLASSIFIED Abstract Being a platoon sergeant is one of the greatest positions a Non-Commissioner Officer (NCO) can achieve in the course of their career. Leading and mentoring young NCOs and Soldiers is a privilege, but can be a challenge. This paper will cover the events of my first Platoon sergeant duty while my platoon was deployed to the National Training Center (NTC) although not assigned but a fill-in. My time as a platoon sergeant has given me insight and experience I will need in the near future. Table of Contents Abstract………………………………………………………………………. Introduction………………………………………………………………….. 2 Description of Events…………………………………………………………………………… 3 Lessons Learned/ Conclusion…………………………………………………4 Introduction As a Staff Sergeant in charge of a Command Post Node (CPN) section of 35 Soldiers my leadership is tested on a daily basis. When 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion was tasked with providing 1 Joint Network Node (JNN) and 3 CPN teams to support 329 Field Artillery Battalion out of Mississippi in a rotation to the National Training Center (NTC).
Everyone knew that slice element would come from 1st platoon. Since my Advanced Leadership Course (ALC) school was during the rotation I was left off the roster and positioned as a stay back. My platoon sergeant, platoon leader and 22 Soldiers were selected for the mission. During their 2 week mission preparation the platoon sergeant was busy most of the time; guidance barely came to the platoon. As the day they left drew near I was getting called in to attend the daily 1SG and Commander meetings for my platoon.
We now were the smallest platoon in the company and still getting the same amount of tasking if not more. Right after Memorial Day my platoon was tasked with supporting the battalion network operations for a 3 week period. Understrenghned and undermanned we pulled soldiers from the company that had knowledge on the JNN to assemble the team. I was placed in charge of the team. Over the course the three week mission I was pulling shifts but my duties as a platoon sergeant and platoon leader had prevented me from having any downtime.
That lasted four days. The 1SG started to notice my performance diminishing and decided to give me 2 NCOs to compensate and free me up from my shift. From there on out I was a liaison to the team in the field and the higher headquarters (HQ). No problems arised since the change and in the next two weeks the mission was successfully complete. It wasn’t until the week after the mission was over that I got my sanity back and was able to concentrate on the many chapter cases and backlogged paperwork that I had to complete. Conclusion
On the daily my leadership and time management was tested by details, Soldiers, NCOs and anything else that came up. I forgot to do things everyday because there was too much on my plate at once. I was stubborn and didn’t think that this tempo would affect me. What I take from my experience is that one person cannot do everything, remember to ask when needing help, and remember to write things down. I have learned to be a platoon sergeant the hard way and from this experience I am going to make sure in the near future that I will be well prepared next time.

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