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The views expressed in this handbook are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Defense or any of its agencies. This document may not be released for open publication until it has been cleared by the appropriate military service or government agency. Permission for reproduction of any part of this document within the Armed Forces xxos be obtained from the Commandant, U. The purpose of hwndbook handbook is to help newly-designated and present battalion commanders command effectively.

This document does not express official Army doctrine, nor is it a complete checklist for how to command a battalion.

It is, however, a synthesis of the combined wisdom and distilled experience of 62 successful former battalion commanders. Therefore, it may prove a valuable resource for commanders seeking guidance, information, and the counsel of peers.


The battalion commander faces many challenges in today’s uncertain world. Some in our society question the need for an Army, while others question its proper role. At the same time, our Army units deploy more frequently than in the past, to missions more varied and more ambiguous. What has not changed, and will never change, is the commander’s requirement to lead his or her soldiers with vision, caring and competence.

Each commander in our Army must strive to be this kind of leader; our great American soldiers will follow him or her, and deserve no less. The editor and authors gratefully acknowledge the participation of the 62 members of the U. S Army War College Class of who provided the raw material for this handbook.

We extend special thanks to Colonel Elizabeth L.

Gibson, project advisor, and Colonel Ret John J. Madigan, III, editor of Parametersboth of whom provided invaluable assistance and support. Lieutenant Colonel PField Artillery.

Lieutenant Colonel PInfantry. Lieutenant Colonel PEngineers. The Battalion Commander’s Handbook, is the fifth of a series of similar books published by the U. Army War College since The purpose of the book is to provide useful tips, ideas, information, philosophy, and guidance to newly designated and incumbent battalion commanders. The instrument used to gather this information was a comprehensive survey that asked open-ended questions of former Army battalion commanders, who were students at the United States Army War College Class of The raw responses were collated and typed into a searchable data base maintained by Parameters.


All survey responses were carefully considered and categorized by subject matter experts who have considerable experience in that area of command. For inclusion in this book, the survey responses had to meet the criteria of clarity, insight, and common sense. Rather than posit a single solution to a particular problem or subject area, multiple recommendations were included whenever possible.

This book owes much to previous editions of the Battalion Commander’s Handbookbut also has several new features. Media relations, community relations, deployments, and inactivation are given separate chapters, reflecting their increased importance. Conversely, there is no separate chapter on Reserve component battalions, because we did not want to imply an artificial distinction in commandership of battalions among components of our Total Army.

And, although this book is not intended to cover operational missions, we included a chapter on commanding and deploying a peacekeeping task force, in recognition of the increased likelihood of this mission. The handbook does not provide a recipe handbkok command success; no book can fulfill that expectation. The commander’s ultimate success will be determined by how well he or she leads, inspires, and cares for soldiers entrusted to him or her. For those fortunate aritllery who are beginning their commands, we, the authors of this book, envy you your opportunity and wish you every success.

After Arrival on Post The Change of Command Getting to Know Your Soldiers Relationships with Key Members of the Team Field Artillery and Air Defense Battalions Armor Battalions and Mechanized Battalions Operations and Support Missions Deployment artilleryy Supporting Deployment Tips for Working With Drill Sergeants Reception of New Soldiers at the Training Battalion Assessing Command Climate and Training Effectiveness.

New Starts and Reclassifications Preventing Fraternization and Soldier Abuse Your Commanders and Staff The First 90 Days Taking Care of Soldiers Directorate of Personnel and Community Activities Training and Training Support Logistics and Transportation Management Media In Deployment Area of Operations Tips for Spouses of Battalion Commanders Basic Rules of Engagement Establishing a Media Policy Maximize Your Media Opportunities This chapter contains information which can assist you in preparing for command.

The following list is a bandbook of techniques and considerations which have been used successfully by other commanders. The period between your notification of command selection and your assumption of command, if utilized properly, will contribute significantly xo your success. Once in command, time will become your most constrained resource.

Consider the following now, as you prepare to assume command. Prior to the Pre-Command Course. If he or she doesn’t, no sooner than 6 months prior to the change of command, call to introduce yourself, and ask for his or her ideas on what you should do to prepare. Keep in mind that he or she is still the commander, so don’t appear anxious to take the command from him or her.


This will help you understand how your unit operates. If a foreign language is involved, study it. Consider restarting it if necessary. Discuss senior rater philosophy with your branch chief. Physical training will be the first event the soldiers will see you do, so don’t embarrass yourself. The ability to score on the Army Physical Fitness Test will do wonders for your credibility. Soldiers will evaluate you on your competence.

Don’t ask them to do something you can’t. Smith’s book, Taking Charge: A Practical Guide for Leaders. Meyer’s book, Company Command: It is the most important thing you have to do right now. They provide refresher training to assist you in preparation for command. The courses are well-structured and provide an excellent opportunity to focus on your professional competencies and interests.

Seek out leaders who have recently served in your future battalion and ask for their insights and recommendations. It is an excellent opportunity for the two of you to discuss expectations and agree on his or her role in battalion activities.

Do not hesitate to ask for additional instruction in an area of interest or concern to you. Write your official biography, because it will be needed for the change of command program.

Know UCMJ, promotions, administrative discharge procedures, drug and alcohol programs, family advocacy procedures, and officer, enlisted and civilian rating procedures.

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Address those things that hanndbook value and are important to you. Consider addressing some of the following topics: Keep it short, but make sure it says what you mean. You will be judged by what wrtillery important to you and your ability to live up to it. Pre-arrange billeting for your family at your new duty station. Try to get your family settled into quarters prior to your assumption of command.

Have sufficient sets of daily uniforms, and a complete set of class As and service dress bluesincluding brass and medals. Strongly consider purchasing the Army blue mess dress uniform. After Arrival on Post. You may need to play this by ear; in some xks the outgoing commander will be glad to fully orient you, in other cases he or she may not have the time or the inclination.

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Arrange a conference with the higher headquarters staff. Ask to be briefed on what they do and their interface and relationship with your unit. Make sure that you fully understand his or her mission and priorities.