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How do I convince my chain of command to put me in a leadership because I am the senior person, but a junior leaders is in charge?

I outrank 2 Squad Leaders in my platoon. I just got to the Unit and I think I should be in a squad leader position not working for someone I out rank.

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1ST THANKS FOR CONTACTING ASKTOP.NET  Let’s look at this from a different perspective.

If you were a squad leader and you were doing a good job and a more senior NCO came into the unit would you want to be moved out of your position or would  you want to at least want to get credit for your time as a squad leader on your evaluation report?  Odds are you would want credit.

Typically the senior individual would be move into a leadership slot in accordance with their rank and MOS.  Sometimes senior leaders chose not to put a senior person in charge.  This can be for a variety of reasons.  These could include:

  • They are happy with the current individual
  • The current individual will be leaving soon so there is no need to make an immediate change
  • Sometimes leaders are concerned that the new person is not the right person for the job either because of 1st impressions or a records review gives the leader concerns about the new leader.
  • Perhaps the leader responsible for the change out has another important job they want you to do
  • Maybe the unit is over strength and they are looking to cross level your rank to another platoon or unit
  • Last but not least it is possible the leader responsible for making the change simply has not thought of the issue from your perspective or does not see this as a top priority.

The first order of business is to always look at the issues from all sides.  Get the facts.  Do not make decisions based on emotions or perceptions.

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Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training.

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