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NCO Journal January 2018 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development

Examples of Leadership

By Sgt. Randy Schaefer
7th Infantry Division Public Affairs
Published in the NCO Journal's 1991 fall issue

As guides and mentors, noncommissioned officers have left lasting impressions on today's NCO. Here are some of their examples of leadership.

Article published on: Jan. 31, 2018


Leadership in the Social Media Age

By Dayton Ward
NCO Journal

Properly utilized, social media is a formidable tool which allows the Army to connect with a global audience. NCOs must recognize that it is also an important part of their Soldiers’ lives as well as those of their families.

Article published on: Jan. 29, 2018


Marching Forward With NCOPDS

By Dayton Ward
NCO Journal

Providing a climate of steady personal and professional growth within the noncommissioned officer corps is a vital component of nurturing strong leaders and maintaining overall readiness.

Article published on: Jan. 26, 2018


The Professional NCO

By Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher J. Menton and Sgt. Maj. Stanley J. Balcer
4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division
Published in From One Leader to Another by the Combat Studies Institute in 2013

As NCOs we are the "backbone” of the Army profession. It is our inherent duty to uphold our responsibilities, be both technically and tactically competent, quality leaders and trainers and maintain the welfare of our Soldiers and their families.

Article published on: Jan. 24, 2018


His Name Was Bourdo

By Staff Sgt. Judith Bradford
Published in the NCO Journal's 1991 fall issue

The real job of an NCO is to care about the soldiers he leads, and we saw, through the example of Bourdo, the powerful and lasting impact one man can have on the spirit of a unit.

Article published on: Jan. 22, 2018


NCOs Influence Tech and Gear in Army S&T Program

By Crystal Bradshaw
NCO Journal

Noncommissioned officers play a significant role in evolving the technology Soldiers use in the field; they also help create new equipment that may seem like science fiction now but is in actuality becoming a reality.

Article published on: Jan. 19, 2018


Nonjudicial Punishment

By Master Sgt. Gina M. Onesto-Person
Published in From One Leader to Another Volume II by the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 2015

Soldiers deserve the opportunity to correct their deficiencies either on their own or through non-punitive measures as they grow in the Army. Some Soldiers will correct themselves after experiencing corrective training, some after an Article 15, and others just might not be the right fit for the Army and need to be administratively separated.

Article published on: Jan. 17, 2018


How Do You Set Their Souls on Fire?

By Master Sgt. John McLennon
199th Infantry Brigade (Motorized), Fort Lewis, Washington
Published in the NCO Journal’s 1991 fall issue

Great leadership cannot exist apart from the human need for a sense of meaning. Soldiers derive that sense from confidence in their abilities to succeed, respect from their superiors and associates, membership in an important group and service to an ideal greater than themselves.

Article published on: Jan. 15, 2018


Technology's Influence on the NCO

By Christopher Raynor
NCO Journal

The role of the NCO has evolved with technological advances. Over the years, NCOs adapted as technology influenced the battlefield.

Article published on: Jan. 12, 2018


Military Bearing - Projecting Confidence and a Command Presence

By Command Sgt. Maj. Naamon Grimmett
1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division
Published in From One Leader to Another by the Combat Studies Institute in 2013

Military bearing is conducting oneself in a professional manner to bring credit upon oneself and the Army at all times. It is the ability to project confidence, a commanding presence and to uphold Army standards.

Article published on: Jan. 8, 2018


Backbone of the Army

By Dr. Robert H. Bouilly
Former NCO historian for the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy
Published in the NCO Journal’s 1991 summer issue

The origins of the term "backbone of the Army" come from a 1895 poem written by Rudyard Kipling called "The 'Eathen."

Article published on: Jan. 5, 2018


Problem Solving, Opportunities For Growth

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

Excellent leaders create situations in which their subordinates can solve problems on their own, and these leaders appreciate problems as opportunities for both subordinate and organizational growth.

Article published on: Jan. 3, 2018