I wrote an article a while ago on Small Wars Journal about the benefits of becoming an OCT because I had struggled to find many articles on broadening assignments from which to inform my decision about post-company command “broadening” assignments. I recently read another article that made the case for becoming a West Point faculty member and I figured I’d compile articles about company grade (mostly post-command) broadening options for anyone interested.
Here are the articles I’ve compiled so far:
- Observer, Coach/Trainer (OCT) — “The Developmental Opportunities Inherent in Becoming an OCT.” https://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/the-developmental-opportunities-inherent-in-becoming-an-oct
- Observer,Coach/Trainer (OCT) — “Managing Talent: FA Majors to Combat Training Centers Post-KD.” http://fieldgradeleader.themilitaryleader.com/fa-talent/
- ROTC/Cadet Command — “Project Mentor: A Case for Broadening Within U.S. Army Cadet Command.” https://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/project-mentor-case-broadening-within-us-army-cadet-command
- West Point Faculty — “A Case for West Point Broadening Assignments.” http://companyleader.themilitaryleader.com/2019/02/02/are-you-passionate-about-leader-development/
Pre-command broadening opportunities are less common, but here’s an articles on one of those as well:
- Basic Combat Training Platoon Leader —“Nothing Basic About It.” http://companyleader.themilitaryleader.com/2019/08/03/nothing-basic-about-it/
- OSUT Platoon Leader — “The OSUT Platoon Leader Experience” http://companyleader.themilitaryleader.com/2019/10/31/the-osut-platoon-leader-experience/
If you know of any other articles about leaders’ experiences in broadening assignments, please comment below so that I can include it in this list.