Prior to becoming an Army Platoon Leader, most new second Lieutenants will attend their respective Army Officer Basic Course, also known as OBC. For instance, an officer could attend the Infantry, Medical, Quartermaster, Ordnance, Signal, Finance or countless other Officer Basic Courses.
The purpose of the Army Officer Basic Course, also known as OBC, is to indoctrinate new officers into the Army. In OBC, new Lieutenants will learn about Army history, customs and courtesies. They will also learn branch specific information. Officers will study the law of war and much, much more.
Most OBC classes last between 4-6 months. Once the officer graduates, he or she will be assigned to a unit and will usually serve as a Platoon Leader. I strongly believe that all Lieutenants should continue to learn new things after OBC. although your formal education is complete, your real education is about to begin.
Although OBC is very beneficial, please realize that the best training is on the job training. while you serve as a PL, you will make many mistakes. it is expected. your objective is to learn from your mistakes and develop into a tactically and technically proficient Captain.
To become a better PL, seek mentorship from other officers and NCOs, read books, study leadership and military history, and work closely with your NCOs. this will help you develop into a well-rounded and competent Platoon Leader. The secret to success is to build a strong relationship with your Platoon Sergeant and Company Commander, and strive to learn something new each day.
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