Welcome to the Platoon Leader Forum

Welcome to your professional forum. PL connects leaders in the experience to leaders with the experience, and enables future platoon leaders to prepare to lead more effectively. By joining PL, you are choosing to participate in a voluntary community of professionals who love leading Soldiers and who are committed to building and leading combat-effective platoons!

The documents and conversations in this space are almost entirely by and for us. PlatoonLeader is more than just a resource for platoon leaders; its value comes from platoon leaders connecting with each other and sharing their experiences and hard-earned knowledge. We invite each of you to participate as your time and experiences allow.

Professionalism is our watchword. We speak candidly, but always with respect for each other and our commission. We tackle our leadership challenges with a positive voice, focused solely on building and leading combat-ready teams. We welcome multiple, diverse perspectives on how we can achieve this common purpose. We seek to bring to bear the knowledge, experiences, and character of each experienced platoon leader to serve all current and future generations of platoon leaders.

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Platoon Leader Products

There are many products within PL. This is not a complete listing but it should give you a good idea of what is contained with the PL Forum.

Platoon Leader Topics

There are many Topics (areas of discussion) within PL. Each of them is focused on a specific area.

Below is a list of the topics within PL. This is not a complete listing but should give you a good idea of what is contained with the PL Forum.

Leader Challenge

Leader Challenges are video-based vignettes focused on the most challenging experiences that junior officers are facing.

There are three steps to a Leader Challenge

  1. What would you do? What are your considerations? -- Watch the video clip and answer those two questions...in no more than 500 characters.
  2. Compare your response with others: Read the responses, vote them helpful and/or comment on the responses from other members.
  3. Rest of the Story: Watch the "Rest of the Story" video clip in which the protagonist describes what actually happened. You can also access additional resources such as related videos, articles, doctrine, etc.

NOTE: You MUST be a member of the PL or CC Forum in order to access the Leader Challenge Forum

Visit the Leader Challenge Forum here

Leader Cast

A Leadercast is a 3-5 minute video interview with a company-level leader who shares their story which is based on their leadership experiences in various situations in garrison, training centers, or in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

There are currently more than 1500 Leadercasts that will help set you off on a learning path as you watch an Army Officer sharing their experiences. Some of the searchable topics include:

NOTE: You MUST be a member of the PL or CC Forum in order to access the Leadercast Forum

Visit the Leadercast Forum here

BOLC Forum

Welcome OBC Students, OCS Candidates, ROTC and West Point Cadets
This Forum is focused on you.

If you are getting ready to head off to BOLC, you definitely want to check this place out. Here are some of the resources you can find in the BOLC to Unit area:

Read2Lead Forum

THE reading list for company-level leaders. Read2Lead is member driven and is focused on books that have actually made a difference for us during our time as platoon leaders and/or company commanders. There are currently over 95 books recommended by members.

NOTE: You MUST be a member of the PL or CC Forum in order to access the Read2Lead Forum

Visit the Read2Lead Forum here

From the Blog

Leader Challenge / PME2

The leader challenge project exists to give future platoon leaders the experience of thinking through and reflecting on the cutting-edge, current experiences of actual platoon leaders. It includes an interactive, online experience showcasing the most developmental experiences platoon leaders are having in combat.

Cadet Feedback

This experience was very valuable because it has validated what I have learned throughout my career at West Point and has given me more confidence in my decision-making ability. I feel I know what I need to do now to become a good platoon leader.

I truly think that these classes have been as valuable, if not more, than any other experience I've had at West Point.

This was great because it was relevant and applicable OPD finally. This was the first time in a PME session where I was actually treated like an officer and incorporated into the lesson/had some input into where the discussion went. I came out of these meetings genuinely thinking about what I'd have done long after I left.

This was the most real-life developmental experience I have had so far at USMA. No other leadership course or PME class has been as clearly applicable to me and my future as the leader-challenge series. I can honestly say that I feel myself better prepared to enter the Army.