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NCO Journal September 2013 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development.

Thousands of Soldiers, NCOs Currently Ineligible for Promotion Because of SSD Requirements

NCO Journal staff report

Starting Jan. 1, tens of thousands of Soldiers and NCOs will either lose promotion eligibility or may become ineligible for promotion board consideration because they have not complied with Structured Self-Development requirements.

Article published on: September 27, 2013

By Example: Training and Repetition Pay Off When Enemy Arrives

By Jonathan (Jay) Koester
NCO Journal

First Sgt. Justin Stewart is currently serving as first sergeant for Bravo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, in Hawaii. But in August 2005, he was a staff sergeant with Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment when his actions earned him the Army Commendation Medal with “V” device.

Article published on: September 26, 2013

INCOPD Needs Input For “NCO 2020” Survey

Sgt. 1st Class Jason Stadel
NCO Journal

The Institute for Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development wants to hear from you. INCOPD has created an online survey, to seek NCO’s input on how to further enhance the current NCO Education System.

Article published on: September 25, 2013

INCOPD: Developing Army NCOs

Sgt. 1st Class Jason Stadel
NCO Journal

At the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, located at Fort Eustis, Va., there is one organization whose only mission in the Army is to work to improve the skill set, education and readiness of the U.S. Army noncommissioned officer: the Institute for Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development.

Article published on: September 24, 2013

SMA: New Rules Governing Tattoos, Grooming Standards Are Coming

From Stars and Stripes

In the works for more than a year, strict new rules governing things like tattoos and grooming for Soldiers have been approved by the Secretary of the Army and are only awaiting a final signature, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler said Saturday.

Article published on: September 23, 2013

NCOs Have Important Roles in Mission Command

By Jonathan (Jay) Koester
NCO Journal

Mission command: The words alone can cause an NCO to tune out. Often, as soon as the word “command” is heard, NCOs think of “commander” and decide that’s officer business and outside their lane.

Article published on: September 17, 2013

Army Suicide Study Already Busting Myths

By Gary Sheftick
Army News Service

Although researchers are just beginning to analyze data collected from more than 110,000 Soldiers, they have already busted some myths and discovered patterns related to suicide.

Article published on: September 17, 2013

New Videos Offer Guide to Training Management

By Mike Casey
Combined Arms Center – Training

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — The Army’s primary website for training resources recently added eight short videos to improve unit training management throughout the force.

Article published on: September 12, 2013

Three Sergeants Major Inducted Into USASMA Hall of Honor

By Meghan Portillo
NCO Journal

Three sergeants major were inducted Aug. 23 into the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy Hall of Honor for their contributions to the advancement of the education and training of the NCO Corps.

Article published on: September 11, 2013

SMA Chandler: More Will Be Expected of Senior NCOs as We Move Toward Army 2020

By Meghan Portillo
NCO Journal

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III encouraged about 530 new Sergeant Major Course students to concentrate on their own development for the next 10 months, because the new Army will be in their hands soon enough.

Article published on: September 11, 2013

NCO Part of National Infantry Museum’s Brisk March to Success

By Pablo Villa
NCO Journal

It’s been six years since a “ground-shaking” kicked off construction at the site of the National Infantry Museum Soldier Center in Columbus, Ga. Since then, the jewel of the National Infantry Foundation has made waves across the Army and throughout the country.

Article published on: September 10, 2013

Inaugural Senior Enlisted Leader Program Included at Pacific Armies Management Seminar

By Sgt. Maj. Kanessa Trent
USARPAC Public Affairs

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — The largest annual gathering of land power senior military leadership in the Asia-Pacific region — Pacific Armies Management Seminar, known as PAMS, and the concurrent Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference — introduced a Senior Enlisted Leader program to this year’s events.

Article published on: September 10, 2013

Sergeant Major of the Army Visits PEO Soldier

By Debra Dawson
Fort Stewart Public Affairs

FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III visited Program Executive Office Soldier at Fort Belvoir, Va., ; last week to see what the future may hold for Soldiers, and their weapons and gear.

Article published on: September 09, 2013

The Double Edged Sword — An Empowered NCO Corps

By Command Sgt. Maj. Chris Faris
U.S. Special Operations Command

As we move toward the end of combat operations in Afghanistan, it is fitting to examine the effects of nearly 12 years of combat on our Noncommissioned Officer Corps.

Article published on: September 04, 2013

NCO Helps Passengers Escape South Korea Train Wreck

By Capt. James Williams III
1st Signal Brigade Public Affairs

A U.S. Army sergeant with the 36th Signal Battalion, 1st Signal Brigade, broke through a window to help passengers escape when two trains collided Aug. 31 south of Seoul, South Korea.

Article published on: September 04, 2013

NCOs Help Keep Life Quiet at Disciplinary Barracks

Jonathan (Jay) Koester

Walking through the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., is unlike any Hollywood depiction of a prison.

Article published on: September 03, 2013

NCO, Medal of Honor Recipient Inducted Into Pentagon Hall of Heroes

Lisa A. Ferdinando
Army News Service

Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter, the most recent Medal of Honor recipient from Operation Enduring Freedom, was inducted into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes last week just a day after he received the nation’s highest military honor.

Article published on: September 03, 2013

Army Vice Chief Of Staff: Suicide Prevention Is 365-Day Mission

Army News Service

September is suicide awareness month and while the Army will highlight suicide prevention this month, the service’s vice chief said the effort is year-round.

Article published on: September 03, 2013


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