What is it like to be a Platoon Leader?

Maybe not the best place to ask, but I've been thinking lately about this lately. Are they always right next to their men in battle? Do they really help their soldiers when they have personal problems? Do platoons usually have the same men? Do they do a lot of shooting? Or yelling? Any input from actual officers?

Asked By: HEAVY WEAPONS GUY - 7/11/2008
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There are differences in duty's in wartime and while in Garrison for the Platoon Sergeant and Platoon Leader. In Garrison, the Platoon Sergeant for the most part dirrects the Platoon. In Wartime / Combat, the Platoon Leader dirrectly commands the Platoon... More
Answered By: OIFV79 - 7/11/2008
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Not always right next to them, usually he or she is the one telling them were to go and what to do. Yes they try to help with personal problems, they try & set an example.
Answered By: dfgoodwin - 7/11/2008
Platoon leaders differ from branch to branch within the Army. Infantry is waaaay different than Signal and so on. Mission dictates what your role in the Platoon will be... More
Answered By: crazy_angel31078 - 7/11/2008
I am an Officer and actually hold a Platoon leader position. It's a nice position to have and something to fluff up your OER. The NCO's do most of the work, and I am only needed when there is signatures needed and when somebody is needed to go in front of the platoon formation when the company commander goes up, but... More
Answered By: Tom Cruz - 7/13/2008
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