In light of recent discussions such as the contact report thread and my returning to normality, is there any interest in a leadership level course aimed at section and platoon level? I'm not thinking along the lines of the classic SL course or FTL course which focused heavily on actual, on the ground tactics such as formations, ROF, etc. but one that would include that lightly but then focus more on stuff that a person in a leadership position should be doing; actual decision making at a tactical level, using subordinates, RTOs and 2iC/Pln Sgts, reporting and disseminating information, how to effectively read and understand OPORDs and be able to extract the information necessary to be able to give quick attack orders in about 10 minutes, going up to 15 with vehicular assets. Really basic things like only briefing up to, say, the first phase of the operation because of how much stuff changes as opposed to a 25 minute brief of the mission from start to finish, only to have it go out the window after 30 seconds.
Basically, from what I've seen I feel like a person in command who knows these basics could improve play on the server a lot. A few examples would be playing Gothic Serpent there the other day, I was Ground Coordinator and I said before going in I wanted the PL in the convoy to do two things, plan the route with report lines and as soon as they enter the city limits, contact sitreps from the RTO. It worked for a while until things got a bit hectic on the ground and the RTO either got distracted or was tasked with something else and I had to do a lot of pestering for reports and C2 was notable effected. These very simple steps allow a commander to really grip the situation together and keep things going forward.
Another example from the other day, a decision making one, a PL leading a platoon minus had a platoon lay up on a berm and on his go, suppress and destroy all enemies within a farm house and surrounding buildings. He then wanted to do a leaders recce of the farm buildings so took 2 with him and went forward. After I gave him a few tips on how to improve his decision making and tactical decisions. Stuff like ERVs, designating specific suppressing sections and most importantly after making contact, he should have made the tactical decision to leave a small, section minus detachment with the machine guns and taken a much larger assault force into still, very hostile territory. This kind of decision making for leaders I think is very important and see go wrong a good bit on the server causing mass casualty situations. You know, even the incredibly simple idea of always having a reserve, suppressing and assaulting elements makes life so easy.
I've discussed the idea with a few people and the response has been positive, but I haven't formally approached anyone in UOTC or any of that stuff as I'm not exactly sure how the course would manifest itself right now, or a lot of the finer details, it's simply just an idea now but I wanted to see if there was any interest before I go putting pen to paper.