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NCO Journal June 2018 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development

The necessity of socio-cultural intelligence

Crystal Bradshaw, NCO Journal
Ronald J. Esser, Museum of Military History

Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan introduced an operational environment on the battlefield that required Soldiers to interact with Middle Eastern cultures and communities. As a result, cross-cultural competency, the ability to quickly understand and effectively act in a culture different than one's own, became extremely vital due to frequent Soldier-civilian interaction.

Article published on: June 29, 2018

Mentorship: More than a buzzword?

Sgt. 1st Class Brandon S. Riley
Force Modernization Proponent Center

Leadership and mentorship are connected, and quality mentorship occurs naturally from engaged leadership. To be a quality mentor, you must understand the qualities, attributes, and different aspects of leadership.

Article published on: June 18, 2018

Why are the basics important to a leader?

Sgt. Troy V. Clark Jr.
229TH Chemical Company, 276th Engineer Battalion

When we talk about the basics of leadership and why they are important to a leader, we should understand the Army is built upon them. They are prerequisites to Soldier success.

Article published on: June 15, 2018

Lethality has a shelf life

By Command Sgt. Maj. Alexander Aguilastratt, Master Sgt. Peter Facchini, and Capt. Jacob Ahle
Asymmetric Warfare Group

As Soldiers, we believe the U.S. Army is the most lethal fighting force on the planet. We take pride in this; however, it can be dangerous if we only look at the now and not analyze our future readiness with brutal honesty.

Article published on: June 13, 2018

Make financial responsibility a habit

By Kimball Johnson
NCO Journal

NCOs who supervise Soldiers will face the challenge of helping them with finances sometime during their career. They should provide their Soldiers with personal finance instruction before they have a financial emergency.

Article published on: June 11, 2018

12 Principles of Modern Military Leadership: Part 3

By Capt. Ron Roberts
Civil Affairs, Asymmetric Warfare Group

In the third and final of three articles, the author discusses four fundamental leadership principles -- student of the past, decisiveness, determination, and strong character.

Article published on: June 8, 2018

Remembering D-Day

Compiled by the NCO Journal

Today, we commemorate the anniversary of D-Day and remember the brave Soldiers who gave their lives 74 years ago striving to end Nazi Germany’s fight to dominate Europe.

Article published on: June 6, 2018

Soldiers and social media: challenges, benefits, and disadvantages

By Sgt. 1st Class Michael Miller
198th Infantry Brigade

Maintaining a social media presence is typical of today’s Soldiers, so it is important for them to abide by Army policies. With this in mind, the use of social media has its challenges and benefits.

Article published on: June 4, 2018

12 Principles of Modern Military Leadership: Part 2

By Capt. Ron Roberts
Civil Affairs, Asymmetric Warfare Group

In the second of three articles, the author discusses four fundamental leadership principles -- teamwork, fitness and energy, aggressiveness and boldness, and caring for Your Soldiers.

Article published on: June 1, 2018