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NCO Journal November 2017 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development

Leadership and your Soldiers' quality of life

By Sgt. Maj. Dave Abbott
Headquarters Installation Management Command, Family & MWR
Published in From One Leader to Another by the Combat Studies Institute in 2013

As leaders, one of our most important responsibilities is caring for our Soldiers and the Soldier's family regardless if those in need are or are not within our direct span of control.

Article published on: Nov. 29, 2017

Tact: Lessons from the Past

NCO Journal

The use of tact as a tool, when correcting others, is a useful skill and one that every noncommissioned officer should possess.

Article published on: Nov. 27, 2017

Got Morale?

By 1st Sgt. Gloria Cain
Published in From One Leader to Another Volume II by the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 2015

The success of the unit relies on many elements, but the key element that can make or break your company is morale.

Article published on: Nov. 22, 2017

NCO to Officer

By Crystal Bradshaw
NCO Journal

NCOs have more direct and interpersonal time with their Soldiers. What happens when an NCO becomes an officer? For some Soldiers, becoming an officer is a goal.

Article published on: Nov. 20, 2017

Educational goals take a turn with the "Forever GI Bill"

By Kimball Johnson
NCO Journal

On August 16, 2017, President Trump signed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 into law. "The Forever GI Bill," as it is popularly known, is a modification of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The new bill provides Soldiers the freedom to decide when, how, and where to pursue their educational goals.

Article published on: Nov. 15, 2017

Introduction to Data Driven Propaganda

By Sgt. Matthew Brockman

By educating NCOs on information warfare and propaganda, we can prepare them to become better leaders who can make informed decisions.

Article published on: Nov. 15, 2017

Understanding the Inspector General

By Master Sgt. David J. Gonzales and Sgt. 1st Class Victoria M. Calderon

“What can the Inspector General do for me?” We hear this question often. Many leaders, Soldiers, retirees, and family members are unaware of the primary functions of the IG.

Article published on: Nov. 13, 2017

Standards and Discipline

By Command Sgt. Maj. Shelton R. Williamson
10th Regional Support Group
Published in From One Leader to Another by the Combat Studies Institute in 2013

It is fitting in many respects to discuss standards and discipline in our Army today. The intention is to discuss this topic briefly from a chronological perspective specifically highlighting how standards and discipline have become a hallmark of our organization as an Army and how they have evolved over the years.

Article published on: Nov. 10, 2017

Influences on Timely Decision Making

By Kimball Johnson
NCO Journal

Of the many different traits a leader should possess, perhaps the most important, yet arguably the least understood, is the ability to make the right decisions under pressure. Noncommissioned officers make leadership decisions every day. The need for them to be effectual and wise decision-makers is especially pertinent as they lead Soldiers on the battlefield.

Article published on: Nov. 8, 2017

The NCO Corps and The NCO Creed

By Master Sgt. Maria FerrandJohnson
Published in From One Leader to Another Volume II by the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 2015

The NCO Creed is the essence of the NCO Corps. It spells out what all great NCOs will do, must do, to ensure our Army of warrior fighters are prepared and that they will trust the actions, direction, and leadership of their NCOs.

Article published on: Nov. 6, 2017

Financial Management

By Command Sgt. Maj. Joanne Cox
U.S. Army NATO Brigade
Published in From One Leader to Another Volume II by the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 2015

A Soldier’s financial readiness can directly affect where their motivation and dedication lies. Leader involvement in monitoring that readiness by coaching them on individual financial responsibility can mean the difference between a Soldier being able to take his or her place as an Army leader, or being separated from service.

Article published on: Nov. 3, 2017

The officer, NCO relationship

By William La Falce
NCO Journal

According to Army Doctrine, NCOs are trainers, mentors, communicators, and advisors. When junior officers are assigned to their first command, their NCOs help to train and mold them, forming professional and personal bonds based on mutual trust and common goals.

Article published on: Nov. 1, 2017