Welcome to Your DA Form 2062 Resource
Leadership 101: Care How Much You Know…Know How Much You Care
The old adage says that to be a great Army leader you have to be technically proficient, confidently competent, and well-versed in tactical doctrine. You hear leaders at all levels of the chain of command stress the importance of knowing the individual and collective skills to fight, how to employ weapon systems effectively, and maneuver elements on the battlefield. For the most part, I agree with their assertions. To be an effective Leader you must possess certain technical and tactical skills to be effective; yet, the definition lacks an intangible element of leadership: how much you care. It may be cliché, but Soldier’s “don’t care how much you know, they want to know how much you care.” I am not arguing that being incompetent but caring is going to make you effective as a small unit leader. I am arguing that strong leadership has intangible elements (i.e. positive attitude, caring/soldier first mentality) that helps drive Soldier instrinsic motivation and a willingness to follow.Read More
Creating a Schedule for Your Maintenance Program
If DA2062.com did one thing well, I would hope that the site gives people a head start when tackling new problems. While coming up with a plan all on your own is educational, sometimes it is nice to receive a few ideas or talk to someone who has solved the problem before. In this article, you will see a technique for developing a company maintenance schedule. In the future, you will see our maintenance SOP and other examples that you can use. If you are reading this and you have a useful example or comment, please post it so we can all learn.
NCOForms on the iPhone: A great idea, but is it worth the money?
NCOForms is a simple, no-frills iPhone application. While it offers five DA Forms (DA 31, DA 2062, DA 4856, DA 4187, and DA 705) that you can fill out, the app will only export your form in one type of file format and you can’t turn your iPhone lengthwise and type. Bottomline: Costing $2.99, NCOForms could give you more functionality and more DA Forms, but it does get the job done.Read More
Sample Initial and Developmental Counseling Shells
As a leader, formal counseling on a DA Form 4856 is important. I never began using counseling as a tool until after I was a platoon leader. In retrospect, this was a big mistake because I didn’t give my subordinates opportunities to become better people and soldiers. You may think, “what can I–a 23-year-old 2LT–offer a PSG with 15 years in the Army?” Well, you can offer him or her a fresh perspective on their performance and what they can do better. Also, as his or her rater, you can tell them your expectations on paper. My boss gave me these shells when I joined my unit about two years ago. They gave me a starting point for giving practical and thorough counseling.Read More
Your First Sub Hand Receipt
When I was a platoon leader and first arrived to my company, the XO handed me a sub-hand receipt from the company commander. This sub hand receipt contained all the items of equipment that I was responsible for (to include the BII that went along with it). While there were things I did right starting off as a PL, property accountability was not one of them. Below are three simple actions I could have taken that would have made my life as a PL much easier.Read More