In the Army National Guard, most company size elements have an Admin NCO. The Admin NCO is typically a full-time Active Guard Reserve (AGR) soldier in the rank of Sergeant or Staff Sergeant.
The primary responsibilities of the Admin NCO include handling personnel actions, processing transmittals, handling battalion suspenses and updating reports and spreadsheets. Common personnel actions include evaluation reports, awards, promotions, demotions and transmittals.
The Training NCO reports directly to Readiness NCO.
As a National Guard company commander, you will interact with your AGR staff almost every day.
What I found worked best for me was to provide my guidance and directives to the Readiness NCO and let him filter that information down to his subordinates, the Training NCO, Admin NCO and Supply Sergeant.
In other words, the company commander should follow his or her subordinate’s chain-of-command when issuing orders. Think about it this way. how would you like if a Battalion Staff Officer tasked one of your Platoon Leaders to do something, but didn’t tell you?
You wouldn’t like it. instead, you would want the S3 office to task your unit with the task and then you task one of your people to do it. That’s how the chain-of-command is supposed to work.
Furthermore, to maximize the use of your Admin NCO and AGR Staff, you must establish priorities. you must determine priorities for each person. for instance, you could declare that your Admin NCOs priorities are promotions, awards and evaluations. that way, they know specifically what their job is.
And, they can decide the best way to do their job, based upon their priorities.
In summary, all Army National Guard company commanders must effectively utilize their full-time AGR staff. to do so, they must establish priorities and utilize the chain-of-command.
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