What makes a good field grade officer?
Field grade officers are expected to learn and understand intent, often through feeling the pulse of both the organization he or she serves in as well as the pulse of echelons above their own.
Where field grade officers get their power?
The ability to think through a problem means that the field grade officer must exercise a logical and repeatable process to organize facts and make reasonable assumptions. When dealing with unstructured complex problems, the ability to reasonably bound a problem set lays the ground work for critical thinking.
What are field grades?
field grade (plural field grades) (military) Each of the commissions which rank a (para)military officer below the (highest) class of general officers, but above other commissioned officers and NCOs. In various armies, major is the lowest field grade, full colonel the highest field grade.
What is meant by field officer?
A field officer, field-grade officer, or senior officer is an Army, Marine, or Air Force commissioned officer senior in rank to a company officer but junior to a general officer. In most armies this corresponds to the ranks of major, lieutenant colonel and colonel, or their equivalents.
Why is it called field grade officer?
A field officer, field-grade officer, or senior officer is an Army, Marine, or Air Force commissioned officer senior in rank to a company officer but junior to a general officer. Historically, a regiment or battalion’s field officers made up its command element.
What grade are field grade officers?
Field-grade or mid-grade officers (pay grades O-4 to O-6) typically lead units with several hundred to several thousand personnel, or serve as senior staff officers . They make up about 36% of the officer corps.
What is considered a field grade officer?
Officers in the next three pay grades (O-4 through O-6) are considered field grade officers. In the Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force, these pay grades correspond to the ranks of major (O-4), lieutenant colonel (O-5), and colonel (O-6), and in the Navy, lieutenant commander, commander, and captain.
What is a field grade officer in the Army?
Most field grade officers spend the majority of their careers serving in battalions, brigades, groups, regiments, squadrons, and wings, or their higher-level tactical headquarters, such as a division or corps in the Army. These units provide readiness and lethality to the United States military.
What are the challenges of a field grade officer?
The challenge for field grade officers is to determine how to capitalize on methods designed to anticipate points of failure and avoiding them while building flexibility into plans and orders. Leaders must seize every opportunity to learn and get better, this includes learning through failure.
Do elite field grade officers know how to manage a long-range calendar?
During the 2018 graduation week series, I offered that “elite field grade officers know how to plot and manage a Long-Range Calendar (LRC) with high fidelity, even when the entire enterprise above them conspires against them.” This article describes in detail the seven rules of thumb for successful LRC management that I outlined in 2018.
What is your responsibility as a field grade leader?
As leaders, we all have a shared responsibility to tell our unit story; and as field grade leaders, we own that narrative. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.