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BOOK REVIEW

COMPANY COMMAND

THE BOTTOM LINE

BY:
JOHN G. MEYER,JR.

IG ASSESSOR STUDENT OFFICER

LT ABHISHEK SHARMA YO’S FD-1606 ‘B’ TP

CONTENTS

1. Introduction

2. About the author

3. About the book

4. Quality of presentation

5. Relevance in our context

6. Conclusion

INTRODUCTION
1. He wrote this book to help lighten the load of one of the most overworked soldiers in the US Army – THE COMPANY COMMANDER. It is commonplace for military leaders to call a company commanders job the hardest job in the Army. Company Commanders have more to do in one day than they can ever accomplish. A company commander works ten to twelve hours a day, six or seven days a week and refers to over 100 manuals and documents-just to stay a head of the proverbial power curve.

2. Despite the time and stress, successful company command is the most rewarding job in the army. Company Command - The Bottom Line spells out, for the first time, the essential tasks a company commander must complete and shows how he or she should perform them in order to command successfully.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

1. Colonel John G. Meyer. Jr. is an Army Military police Officer with a distinguished record of service. His broad range of assignments include several commands and key staff positions at the pentagon, most recently serving as executive officer to the under Secretary of the Army.

2. He held company commands in Vietnam, in a division and in the training base. He also has led troops as a battalion operations officer, executive officer and military Police battalion commander in Germany. He has been Aide-de-Camp to the commander in chief, United States Army, Europe and an action officer for both the Deputy chief of staff for operations and plans and the Deputy Chief of staff for personal on the Army staff.

3. Colonel Meyer is a graduate of Florida State University and earned a master’s degree in police Science and Administration from Sam Houston State University.

CRITICAL ANALYSIS

1. Many manuals address the general principles of leadership, and scores of books recount the lives of famous leaders but rare is the volume that addresses the crucial issues of first command.

2. Rarer still is the volume that speaks frankly, to its audience, providing a full array of concrete information, anecdotal illustration and advice.

3. Company command: The Bottom line by Colonel John G. Meyer, jr is such a book. It begins with the important matter of assuming Command properly and then goes onto explaining how to establish correct relationships within the company and battalion chains of command. Ensuing chapters show how best to deal with legal, personal, training, supply, maintenance and a host of others matters.

4. Colonel Meyer enriches the book at every step with pointers examples and senior – officer comment- conveniently highlighted as “Tips” “War Stories” and “What the Brass Says”.

5. It lists of everything that is needed to be thinking about, since one

assumes the command of his company and becomes responsible for whatever

his company did or did not do...! IT COVERS EVERYTHING AT A MINIMUM

YOU MUST BE AWARE OF WITH ANY ARMY COMPANY, RESERVE OR

ACTIVE DUTY.

6. MG Meyer does a great job of covering these topics and where to go to

find the answers: Taking Command, company commander and his first

sgt/BHM(In Indian Army Context), Personnel/Adm, Training, Supply, Unit

Maintenance, and other Misc. Command items. He offers tips on how to do things better, that one doesn’t find in the SOPs! And he offers stories from other

leaders to show...
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