Company-Grade to Field-Grade: Introducing “Making the Switch”

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Tell me this isn’t true.

“I’ve heard it said that if you do the things that made you successful as a Captain when you’re a Major, you’ll distinguish yourself as the best Captain in your unit.”

Company-Grade to Field-Grade: Introducing “Making the Switch” | by CoCMD & PLT LDR | Leadership Counts! | Apr, 2021 | Medium

What are the things that junior officers should be doing as they get ready to make the switch to field grade officer?

I’m looking for answers to the following questions.

For current (or retired) field grade officers:

  1. What do you wish you knew before becoming a field-grade officer?
  2. What skills do you wish you developed before becoming a field-grade-officer?

For current junior officers:

  1. What do you want to know about becoming a field-grade officer?
  2. What perplexes you about making the switch?
  3. What rumors do you want confirmed/squashed?

For NCOs:

  1. What do you expect from field-grade officers that is different from company-grade officers?

I love this topic and I think there is a lot we can learn here. I’m looking for help. Please contact me if you have insight or would like to contribute.

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2 thoughts on “Company-Grade to Field-Grade: Introducing “Making the Switch”

  1. As a field grade officer, I wish I should have learnt about many kinds of stuff that I am learning now, primarily the art of gaining human touch in dealing with the under commands. Unfortunately, I was too rigid at that time, and the sense did not develop rightly. I could have equipped myself with better knowledge, which an FG requires. In fact, I should have gained maturity like a major once I was a Captain- always one step up!


  2. DG, one piece of wisdom I have heard from an excellent senior officer was that “the knowledge base of your subordinates grows exponentially as a FG; understanding is less about being in the weeds and more about knowing how to manage seasoned experts who will always know more than you about their area of expertise. The systems you manage are effectively on the edge of your ability to understand them all simultaneously”


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