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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


Talent Management

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