Keys to Success
- Establish a company (battalion-level rear detachment [Rear D]): Soldiers
need an identity.
- Understand your roles as commander and first sergeant. You are not Rear
D officer in charge and noncommissioned officer (NCO) in charge.
- Avoid referring to the unit as the "Rear D."
- Utilize all assets; train, empower, and then hold NCOs to task.
- Be flexible and understand the life cycle of a deployed unit; change as the
- Utilize medical evaluation board (MEB) and medical hold NCOs to
maintain core leadership initially following the mission rehearsal exercise.
- Be hard, be consistent, and be fair.
- Rehearse casualty operations.
- Speak with one voice; establish a relationship with the Family Readiness
- Actively participate in the home front command information campaign.
- Choose the hard right over the easy wrong, even when no one is looking.
- Understand commander and command sergeant major priorities and
- Maintain Army standards.
- Property accountability
- Balancing family support issues and Soldier issues
- MEB and legal processing
- Lack of quality NCOs
- Accomplish routine tasks routinely; establish systems.
- Allow for personal time for cadre; establish leave plans.
May 18, 2012