NCO Journal February 2019 Articles
The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development
The 21st Century NCO
By Dr. Evelyn Hollis
United States Army Sergeants Major Academy
Senior noncommissioned officers fulfill dual roles in a unit, both as leaders and as mentors in the organization. They must find ways to motivate subordinates through leadership, Army values, competence, and judgement while designing, arranging, influencing and executing a myriad of activities that move the organization towards the completion of its mission. Targeting the developmental needs of senior NCOs is necessary for their overall growth as holistic leaders, and allows them to groom their subordinates to one day take their place as they pass on the sword.
Article published on: February 25, 2019
Leading Change in a High OPTEMPO Environment
By Capt. Stephanie R. Worth and Master Sgt. Emmanuel A. Emekaekwue
Bravo Maintenance Company, Group Support Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group
Empowered subordinates are fundamental to the success of any organization. And never has this been more prevalent, or important, than in the Army’s noncommissioned officer (NCO) corps—the backbone of today’s United States Army.
Article published on: February 22, 2019
Defining and Assessing Lethality
By Sgt. 1st Class Zachary J. Krapfl
Asymmetric Warfare Group
The battlefield is a dynamic environment which rewards lethality with survival. Leaders should have a fair indication of how capable their Soldiers are prior to conducting military operations. They can only do this by defining lethality as it applies to the U.S. Army, and developing a metric to substantiate it.
Article published on: February 20, 2019
Virtual Recruiting: How the 1st Medical Recruiting Battalion is Shaping the Future
By Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Cannon
1st Medical Recruiting Brigade, 1st Medical Recruiting Battalion
Virtual recruiting is the wave of the future, and a tool that can positively affect Army readiness.
Article published on: February 12, 2019
International Security Evaluation
By Master Gunnery Sgt. Andy Anderson (USMC)
U.S. Army Forces Garrison, Panzer Kaserne, Stuttgart, Germany
The international security field broadly examines the conditions for the use of military force, the effects of such use of force on both state and non-state actors, and distinctive policies that states may implement to mitigate, prepare, or participate in military conflicts.
Article published on: February 8, 2019
Stewardship through Writing
By Master Sgt. Aaron L. Griffing
XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg NCO Academy
A modern noncommissioned officer (NCO) academy classroom gives residence to rows of desks with computer laptops resting upon them. The Army provides the laptops as a means for its students to produce written assignments for assessment. The Army has provided the necessary equipment and training for the NCO Corps as part of the Army’s Noncommissioned Officer 2020 Strategy (NCO 2020) to develop the NCO Corps for future conflicts as an educated and well-rounded leader.
Article published on: February 4, 2019
By Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Trent
U.S. Army Regional Cyber Center-CONUS
Today’s Army is the most well-equipped and most responsive in its well-storied history. But for as many things the Army is doing right in creating an elite fighting force, it also faces contemporary leadership issues that present challenges to its noncommissioned officers. One of the problems that hinder the Army’s performance is talent management. Talent is the sum total of a Soldier's unique skills, experiences, and behaviors.
Article published on: February 1, 2019