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NCO Journal November 2018 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development

Engaging Soldiers: Leveraging Employee Engagement Strategies to Increase Soldier Productivity, Independence, and Retention

By 1st Lt. Josef Danczuk
Tactical Director, headquarters battery, 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Baumholder, Germany

Soldier engagement is the backbone of leadership. This article covers the beneits in taking the extra time to make sure that subordinates of all ranks are engaged in their mission and duties.

Article published on: November 30, 2018

Developmental Counseling: The Lost Art

By Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Signore
Platoon Sergeant, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

When you hear the words developmental counseling, what comes to mind? Do you view the upcoming session as a "check the block" requirement from a laundry list of tasks? Do you often find yourself copying and pasting the same verbiage and bullet points from Soldier to Soldier? Or maybe, when you finally get around to conducting the session, it’s executed more as a formality, with the supervisor talking at the subordinate, rather than encouraging two-way communication.

Article published on: November 26, 2018

The Importance of Ethics Education in Military Training

By Sgt. Maj. Florian Emonet
Swiss Armed Forces

It is essential to provide them with a set of skills that both mentally and physically enable them to react properly to achieve the best possible outcome in any situation. An education that dives deeply into ethics, and is maintained throughout a career, is the best way to create and continuously sharpen those skills. An ethics education enhances the well-being of our troops and deters the probability of misconduct.

Article published on: November 16, 2018