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By the CJO Team
Do you have a passion for developing Army Junior Officers? Are you excited about volunteering with a group of like-minded professionals who are committed to making the Army better? Have you seen stuff posted on juniorofficer.army.mil and said, “I can do that!”? If you answered “yes” to any or all of the questions above, we want you for our volunteer team!
By: Ray Kimball and Chad Plenge
The Branching of Year Group 2020 sparked a conversation within CJO about the utility of branches and branch identity for junior officers. Listen in as two of our team members talk about what branches can offer for junior officer development.
By: Jeremy Boeh
The three tactics that help foster amazing professional relationships.
By: Ray Kimball
Chuck Palahniuk in Fight Club said, “People don’t listen, they just wait for their turn to talk.” How good of a listener are you? Would your peers/boss/subordinates agree with your assessment?
By: Charles Hood and George Gurrola
Almost anything could be generated quickly in an emergency – with a few key exceptions. One of those exceptions was trust. How can junior officers build trust? To paraphrase GEN Perkins, the same way we lose it – one Soldier at a time.
By: Abdullah Clark
Have you ever wondered how the officer promotion process works? This article pulls back the curtain and demystifies that process.
By: George Fust
What does “leading from the front” look like? Taken as a metaphor, this often-quoted phrase lacks specificity. What if I suggested it means you can skip your next meeting? Are you interested now?
Compiled By: COL Brian Reed
Recently, Colonel Brian Reed spent a few months serving with the NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan/Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan (NSOCC-A/SOJTF-A) at Camp Vance on Bagram Airfield (BAF). During his time supporting NSOCC-A/SOJTF-A, COL Reed engaged with a number of Company Grade leaders and solicited their lessons learned. We would like to share these insights with the Center for Junior Officer audience in the hopes they help you in your journey to becoming the leaders our Soldiers both need and deserve.
By: Chad Plenge
An officer and a cadet walk into a weight room… No, it’s not the start of a joke; rather, it provides the setting for a fantastic learning opportunity. The lessons learned just might surprise you… and they have almost nothing to do with weight lifting.
By: Maddie Crimmins
While “running fast and shooting straight” are in fact necessary skills for all officers, they are individual tasks. They are not first and foremost what is necessary in order to “win” as a second lieutenant, especially as a platoon leader. As a lieutenant you’re often left to “figure it out” in the everyday aspects of accomplishing your task list but in order to succeed as a Platoon Leader you need to do three things…
By: MAJ George Fust
Congratulations! You just commissioned as a second lieutenant. Your college experience is now complete, and it is time to start anew. Now that you have arrived at your first unit, what can you do to stand out from your peers? How can you be recognized as the top of the pack? What can help you get a platoon or a coveted school slot? What can help with your annual officer evaluation report (OER)? The answer is simple…
By: Rose Bernheim
Everyone in the Army knows of the Seven Army Values. However, is there actually an eighth?