This role has been quite often underused in operations and has become a role that people would not select as a first option ,as they feel it is to much of a logistical role. To counter this we will be changing the role-map of the platoon sergeant. The platoon sergeant will now have a much more defined command. Section/Squad leaders will report to the PL SGT on the platoon net. The PL SGT will have local tactical command over the squads/sections and will carry out the strategic plan of the platoon commander. This will have many added benefits to the platoon commander.
This will reduce the amount of radio traffic the platoon commander has to cope with and will allow him to deploy his sections/squads and attachments more fluidly. He will direct the PL SGT with his plan and the SGT will then carry out that plan by overseeing the squads/sections. The PL SGT will receive all reports from the squads/sections and feedback relevant info to the platoon commander who can adjust his strategy accordingly. The Pl SGT will only have local tactical control, the platoon commander will still be overall responsible for the platoon.
This new role will allow members to use it as a stepping stone to taking platoon command and will follow a natural progression of FT leader, section commander, platoon sergeant and platoon commander, enabling members to gain confidence at increasing levels of responsibility.