Platoon Leaders have many responsibilities, starting well before the deployment begins. He directs the main squads of the Platoon as well as any attachments and uses a multitude of skills to accomplish the mission with the minimum of friendly and the maximum of enemy casualties. He works closely with other Platoon Leaders on the battlefield and adapts to the direction of the OIC.
The enjoyment of every member of the platoon is ultimately his responsibility, and that his orders, good or bad, will at some point result in a virtual death. It is important that the Platoon Leaders are able to function as leaders even when things aren't going according to plan and virtual bodies are stacking up. Cool-headed orders, given in the midst of fights are often the deciding factor between victory and defeat.