I'm reading "The British Army Officer: 1660 - Present" by Anthony Clayton. I think it's a fantastic read and contrasts the priorities of the modern officer against those of earlier officers very well. That recommendation assumes that you have taken the time to read the 90 essential pages of AOSB queries.
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Bugles & a Tiger always worked for me!
Depends what you want to learn really Mr Paddy, these forums provide a wealth of information for the Chap Factory et al.
My advice, for what itâs worth, would be to read & memorise the latest events & news from respectable sources such as Reuters & The Daily Telegraph/Times et al. Then at least youâll have a well rounded knowledge for whatâs going on in the world & ergo, be able to make better judgement.
Leadership & officer qualities, imho, are things you canât really learn from a book, although Iâm sure the latest paperbacks about Afghanistan will certainly give you the guidelines.
You could also observe the great leaders from history & try to learn from them, I think the most valuable thing for an officer to attain is the art of inspiring others.
If you fancy something not strictly connected to the british army, but a great read all the same, try starship troopers, by Robert Heinlein (and yes, it is sci-fi, but the good sort). It's actually on the US Army reading list, and has some really interesting ideas about what the infantry is, how it (ideally) could work etc.
If you trot down to the TAC (behind the Police station) you should find a little notice on the door that tells you what days the army careers bloke is in. He will arrange an interview with the Officer Careers chap for you and away you go.
It might also be worth having a chat with the OTC or TA on a Tuesday night to find out more about the big green machine.
"One Bullet Away" by Nathaniel Fick -ISBN-10: 0297846590
Very good account of what it means to be a platoon/troop commander.
He is very thoughtful individual, so it is not the usual gung-ho rubbish.
He has to make some pretty difficult choices and ends up concluding that in war there are two types of decision "Bad ones and worse ones", and the rammifications of his decisions.
He studied Classical History at Dartmouth, so has a bit of thing about Sparta and the warrior creed. But this does not detract from a well written book which shows all the different facets of command.
A good read for any officer, essential I would say for a Junior Officer.
Puts neatly into sharp focus what is expected of you.
PaddyP, for goodness sake, do not adhere to the leadership style of "Bugles and a Tiger."
I've ranted about this elsewhere, but in essence his decisions counteracted the entire purpose of the Chindit column that he commanded and he delved into an attritional warfare mindset as opposed to the daring manoeverist approach that had brought about their inception in the first place.
It's very easy for me sitting behind my comfy desk etc etc, I know, it's a good read, but be wary of the author's spin on things. Oh, and if you ever end up as Chief of Staff of a Brigade, don't ever b*gger your blokes about just for the furtherance of your own career!
B_a_RD. I think you're referring to Masters' sequel to 'Bugles and A Tiger' - 'The Road Past Mandalay'.
In 'Bugles' Masters gives an account of his life from RMC up to becoming Adj of his Bn - 2/4GR on the NWFrontier in 1940 - A good guide for POs? Perhaps not - though it's a good read.
'With The Jocks' by Peter White or 'Lion Rampant' by Robert Woolcombe give a better insight into commanding a platoon of British soldiers. The latter two authors also had a little more integrity than the former - one of the basic qualities of a leader!