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NCO Journal January 2014 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development

You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

Master Sgt. Ryan M. Meurer
U.S. Army Inspector General Agency

As a junior NCO, I attended NCO Education System courses, as well as briefings given by my assignments branch manager on the importance of accepting challenging and diverse career-enhancing assignments such as drill sergeant, recruiter or observer-controller duty.

Article published on: January 31, 2014

New Retention Control Points Take Effect Feb. 1

NCO Journal Staff Report

Army Directive 2013-28 has been released with an effective date of Feb. 1, 2014. The directive identifies new retention control points (RCP) for each enlisted rank.

Article published on: January 29, 2014

NCOs a Vital Part of 4th Infantry Division’s Storied Past

Pablo Villa
NCO Journal

Unlike many other Army units, the division had an abbreviated amount of time to get off the ground. A mere 17 days of outdoor training is all the 4th ID completed before being thrust into its first action in World War I.

Article published on: January 28, 2014

Mastering the Art of Military Leadership

Sgt. Maj. Nathan E. Buckner
U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy

Whenever I facilitate a classroom discussion on the Leadership Requirements Model with future sergeants major, someone usually asks, “How did you develop yourself?”

Article published on: January 23, 2014

War College Teams With USASMA to Develop Strategic-Level CSMs

Michael L. Lewis
NCO Journal

The Sergeants Major Course at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy is the pinnacle of the NCO Education System. But though its graduates are certified as world-class experts in the art and science of operational leadership, a recent survey indicated they are not as wholly prepared for strategic leadership roles, such as those of sergeants major working alongside general officers.

Article published on: January 22, 2014

ACAP Director: Transitioning Soldiers Need Their NCOs’ Support

David Vergun
Army News Service

Soldiers now have the military’s best career transition program, which the Army began re-engineering about three years ago, said the program’s director.

Article published on: January 22, 2014

TRADOC: Strategic Landpower Concept to Change Doctrine

Gary Sheftick
Army News Service

The Army’s doctrine will change dramatically in the near future as joint leaders develop the operational concept of Strategic Landpower, said Gen. Robert W. Cone.

Article published on: January 17, 2014

G-8: Soldier Levels Could Drop To 420,000 By 2019

J.d. Leipold
Army News Service

In his own words, the G-8 reiterated what the secretary of the Army and chief of staff have both said about downsizing Soldier levels to under 450,000 — “even at 450, it’s a high risk for the mission sets and mission tasks that have been given to us.”

Article published on: January 16, 2014

Changes to Enlisted Separation Policy Aim to Provide Soldiers Options

David Vergun
Army News Servicel

Changes to the Enlisted Voluntary Early Separation Program and Enlisted Involuntary Early Separation Program took effect Jan. 1.

Article published on: January 15, 2014

With Army Tools, NCOs Can Help Soldiers Achieve Their Educational Goals

Meghan Portillo
NCO Journal

Did you know it’s possible for an enlisted Soldier to earn a degree by the end of his or her first term of enlistment?

Article published on: January 14, 2014

Warrior Transition Command Restructures As Numbers Fall

J.d. Leipold
Army News Service

With the numbers of wounded and ill Soldiers steadily declining in the last 14 months to its lowest levels since 2007, the Warrior Transition Command will restructure over the next nine months.

Article published on: January 13, 2014

Unit Training Management Handbook Gets Update

Mike Casey
Combined Arms Center — Training

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — The Army recently updated its training management guide to help leaders and training managers plan, prepare, execute and assess unit training.

Article published on: January 10, 2014

Uniform Code of Military Justice Revised, Particularly In Sex Crimes

David Vergun
Army News Service

WASHINGTON — The National Defense Authorization Act, passed in December, requires sweeping changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, particularly in cases of rape and sexual assault.

Article published on: January 9, 2014

This Month in NCO History: Jan. 2, 1951 – Glory At Changbong-Ni, Korea

Compiled By Pablo Villa
NCO Journal

Sgt. 1st Class Junior Dean Edwards just missed out participating in World War II. But he soon cemented a place in history during the Korean War.

Article published on: January 9, 2014

Performance Triad Fosters Professional Soldier Athletes

Martha C. Koester
NCO Journal

Army officials are looking to usher in a new era of the professional Soldier-athlete, led by graduates of the Performance Triad course, which was piloted at three Army installations this year.

Article published on: January 7, 2014


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