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Establish a Positive Command Climate


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Establish a Positive Command Climate


Training Support Package



FM 22-100 Army Leadership

DA PAM 600-69 Command Climate

Survey Handbook

AR 600-20 Army Command Policy


Define command climate

Assess the command climate to determine the health of your unit

Apply the elements which contribute to a positive command climate

Develop a plan to establish or improve the command climate of a unit following the proper sequence of steps

State of Morale

Leadership Competencies



Teaching & Counseling

Soldier Team Development

Technical & Tactical Proficiency

Decision Making


Use of Available Systems

Professional Ethics

Command Climate
– – Definition – –


Climate Areas

Officer leadership

Immediate leaders

Promotion policy

Quality of training

Job satisfaction

NCO leadership

Leader accessibility

Rewards & corrective actions

Tools, equipment, & supplies

Freedom from harrassment

Military courtesy & discipline

Climate Areas (Cont.)

Unit cohesiveness

Social activities



Human relations

Sports activities

Freedom from substance abuse

Soldiers’ attitude toward unit

Reenlistment potential

Commander’s use of the UCP

Positive Climate Indicators

Trust exists in the command

Teamwork, fair play, and information sharing

Open, candid communications

Soldier job satisfaction

Soldiers & families attend unit social/sports activities

Reenlistment rate are high

Establishing a Positive Command Climate

Determine the “health” of your unit

Identify climate areas you want to influence

Establish clear goals & objectives for each area

Execute plan; command climate is created from the TOP down

Actions You Can Take

Communicate a sense of vision or focus

Maintain battle focus in all training

Establish high, attainable, clearly understood standards

Encourage competition against standards rather than each other

Allow subordinates freedom to exercise initiative

Establish accountability at appropriate level

Actions to Take (Cont. 2)

Show confidence in subordinates

Encourage & reward prudent risk-taking

Achieve high performance through positive motivation and rewards

Underwrite honest mistakes

Share decision making with subordinates

Give clear missions with boundaries of autonomy

Actions to Take (Cont. 3)

Listen to subordinates and seek ideas

Demonstrate concern about the welfare of subordinates

Establish and model high ethical standards



Command climate = perception by unit members

Assessment can be done by formal or informal means

Trust + teamwork + candid communications = positive command climate



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