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    WTF does a Platoon Guide REALLY do?

    Long story short we will be going somewhere and it looks like the powers that be plan on having a Plt Cdr, Plt Sgt, Plt GUIDE, and 3 Sqd Ldrs.

    I've always operated in a platoon with the above construct (minus the guide -- this is 03 field BTW).

    I've been in every position in a platoon (due to lack of SNCOs and Officers), but never a guide. I've never had a guide outside of SOI and Bootcamp. Depending on how things fall and who gets out and who sticks around, I may end up being the guide.

    Does the T/O specify just what duties a Platoon Guide has?

    Has anyone been in a platoon that used a guide? What did he do?

    Thx


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    Mixed company reading this, don't you think it's a little rude to ask WTF on a forum like this? Just ask the question.
    There are kids, poolees, older and younger Marines, who wants to see WTF?


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    Honestly as far as i know the platoon guide is just a place of honor. You are the face of a platoon or company. Pretty much have the honor of holding the platoon colors durring times in which its needed


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    civgrunt05 seems to like that acronym a lot since it's in his profile too.

    He is also his favorite Marine if you can believe that one (I believe it).


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    I apologize if I offended anyone here with the use of the Whisky Tango Foxtrot, but in my defense the open squad pay description reads "Exchange ideas and thoughts with your Band of Brothers. Remember to be courteous and respectful." and the top of the page reads "Marine Corps Community for Marine Veterans." With that I figured that I was open to use an acronym for something very much so in the Marine vernacular. I honestly didn't realize it was such a family oriented place. If I overlooked some rule in saying that, I'll go haze myself.As to the favorite Marine question:Was I really expected to answer "Smedley Butler" or "John Basilone?" Are we that institutionalized? If I really am my own favorite Marine, what does that really mean? It means I've been bred with the same cocky attititude that everyone here needs to have so that when your legs are begging you to quit before you make them hump up that next steep hill you say to yourself, "No, I'll be damned if I'll let any of these Marines show me up here."As to the original topic:ZSKI, I also took that to be the use of the guide. Heck, we normally let a good to go Lance fill the roll for the Company. With that said, my O is talking like he plans for this to be a functional position somewhere between a Squad Leader and a Plt. Sgt. I'm trying to gather intel on just what that means before I go to him and say, "Sir, I really have no good idea of just what the 'heck' a guide's roll is in the platoon."Semper


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    Slow deep breaths


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    LOL, I really had formatted that post a little better. I hit enter a few times and broke it up, I really don't know what happen.


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    Beans

    Bullets

    Bandages

    Bad Guys

    Platoon Administration

    Platoon Logistics

    Take care of all attachments w/same as above.

    Take care of corpsman.

    Coordinate with squad leaders with platoon duties and games.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Phantom Blooper View Post
    Beans

    Bullets

    Bandages

    Bad Guys

    Platoon Administration

    Platoon Logistics

    Take care of all attachments w/same as above.

    Take care of corpsman.

    Coordinate with squad leaders with platoon duties and games.

    I had typed something up then went back and read Chucks post a I'll say his is spot on.

    The guide is more or less the company gunny at a platoon level. You also act in the platoon Sgts stead in his absense.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulkyker View Post
    I had typed something up then went back and read Chucks post a I'll say his is spot on.

    The guide is more or less the company gunny at a platoon level. You also act in the platoon Sgts stead in his absense.
    RGR. Thanks. It sounds like much of what I did as a Plt. Sgt. anyway.

    I'd rather just be the platoon Sgt. or a Squad Ldr, but we will see where the cards fall.

    Thanks fellas.


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    You'll be the Plt Sgt. lackey... kinda like the police sgt.

    Last edited by TheReservist; 02-16-11 at 07:26 PM. Reason: apparently I can't swear

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    Well I was a Platoon Guide back in the 80s and then that was the job of the Plt. Sgt.


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    Having done the guide thing I can say that I prefer Squad Leader.


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    Platoon Guide-Saw this being brought into after my first unit, was odd at first b/c prior salts never had this going on. Basically, they pooled them in mostly from Recon to fill this slot. The reason was to not have distraught Marines or to lose the moral of the Marines who were left to fill the ranks after salts all had turnover EAS or left the unit when re-enlisted, etc... I even had to fight to get into another MOS and jumped at every angle to leave my company unit as it was weak and full of too much politics, I did manage, lack of leadership and favoritism which had filled the ranks with incompetent young kids as squad leaders. But, senior Marines and officers saw this a mile away and these kids were by-all-mean no ability to lead in time of war-so then, these more hardened and experienced, capable guys were brought over to fill this gap and I am glad they did. The funny part was these kids still thought they ran things. But, it is was odd seeing a Platoon Sergeant and then a Platoon Guide; basically the same role. Old post, yeah, so what, the internet pulled this up when I looked-and here is an honest answer


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    What the hell is a bumperfit ?
    No profile ???


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