Command Legacy: A Tactical Primer for Junior Leaders of Combat Units

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COMMAND LEGACY: A Tactical Primer for Junior Leaders of Combat Units, Raymond A. Millen, Brassey's, Dulles, VA, 2002, 368 pages, $24.95.

Lieutenant Colonel Raymond A. Millen has, without a doubt, constructed what many doctrinal writers and commanders in the field have struggled to develop for dozens of years. Command Legacy: A Tactical Primer for Junior Leaders of Combat Units is an epiphany of sorts. Millen, a U.S. Army infantry officer, provides a one-stop shop for small-- unit leaders of what the Infantry Officer Basic Course and the Infantry Company Career Course should provide every student. The book illuminates clearly, in a smartly compartmentalized form, all of the facets of small-unit command a leader will use to execute any mission. The book could become the tactical reference for all junior leaders in the Army.

Command Legacy is the synthesis of dozens of doctrinal manuals; accepted standard operating procedures; well-known tactics, techniques, and procedures; and Millen's own talented ability to organize military thought. The book provides small-unit leaders with easy-to-use templates, tables, and steps for conducting everything from assembly area occupation to link-up operations to developing sector sketches to conducting military operations in urban terrain. …