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PlatoonLeader.net: The Junior Officer's Best Kept Secret

I remember stumbling upon the now re-appropriated companycommand.com many years ago when I was still enlisted. I must have been searching for something Army related, and found myself on the site. 453 more words

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The Platoon Leader's Most Powerful (and annoying) Weapon

Traditionally, it’s the radio.

But today, in an era where the PL spends much more time managing personalities and painting a picture for higher than analyzing terrain or calling for fire, it’s hard to argue that there is any tool more useful than the smartphone. 857 more words

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Book Review: Ian F.W. Beckett, Britain's Part-Time Soldiers*

Ian F.W. Beckett, Britain’s Part-Time Soldiers: The Amateur Military Tradition 1558-1945 (Barnsley: Pen & Sword, 2011: orig. MUP 1991), p. 340. ISBN 184884395

Thanks for the heads up. 647 more words

The Universal Truths of Relief in Place

Relief in place, commonly referred to as “RIP,” is that process of one unit changing out with another. I first heard about it shortly before the invasion of Iraq. 183 more words

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The Spectre of Military Suicide: For Whom The Bell Tolls

The first contact I had with suicide in the military was when I was still a Private. I remember being called down to an unscheduled formation in the courtyard along with everyone else in the company. 933 more words

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Yesterday's big day, and a new Cozy builder?

I didn’t get to write a blog post yesterday, because I was in the workshop until well after bed time. We had a very productive day! 571 more words

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Why I don't use exclamation points in email anymore

Once, when I was still enlisted and new to email in the Army, I sent an email to a staff NCO requesting some information. I was a Sergeant (E5) at the time and I was emailing either a Sergeant First Class (E7) or Master Sergeant (E8) – I don’t remember exactly. 341 more words

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