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NCO Journal March 2019 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development

Fighting Conventional Wisdom

By Command Sgt. Maj. Shawn F. Carns

School for Command Preparation, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

It took me over a decade to realize that leadership isn't about screaming and cruelty. It's about forging relationships and trust with those around you. It's about mentoring, and being mentored.

Article published on: March 19, 2019


68W Combat Medic OSUT Model

By Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Rodriguez

IRON Medical, 101st Airborne Division

With future conflicts on the horizon, the U.S. Army’s combat medics will need to be sharper than ever. An OSUT POI could really streamline the training process and ensure an extremely high post-school house product so that medics are at the top of their game before arriving to their unit or a battlefield.

Article published on: March 15, 2019


Russian NCOs

By Maj. Charles K. Bartles

Foreign Military Studies Office, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Russia is still overcoming growing pains in regards to its path for enlisted professional, and have had a few false starts, but appear to be generally satisfied with the path they are on. This could be useful to the U.S. and other militaries who train, advise, assist, and enable coalition operations. Given that the Soviets/Russians have trained many armies in the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central and South America, it is likely that these partner nations could better adapt the Russian system of enlisted professionalism rather than attempting to graft the US/Western NCO model to their armies.

Article published on: March 11, 2019


Make Your Bed

By Lt. Col. John L. Hewitt, III

86th Training Division

The author’s message is wonderfully simple. Make your bed. Fill your day with victories. Stand up to tyrants. Be a role model and inspire others. And never quit. This book is a blueprint for becoming not just a great leader, but a decent human being.

Article published on: March 6, 2019


A Pathway Forward

By Sgt. Maj. Dennis Collins, Sgt. Maj. Matt Coppi, and Mr. Alex Santos

United States Army Sergeants Major Academy

The graduates of the United States Army Sergeants Major Course (USASMA) will be able to think critically, apply knowledge, and solve problems under uncertain, complex, and chaotic operational environments. Ultimately, the goal is to educate all future senior enlisted leaders to a level equal to the top tier of Bloom’s Taxonomy. This will decrease the amount of mistakes on the multi-domain battlefield, resulting in fewer Soldier deaths due to poor mission planning and negligence

Article published on: March 4, 2019


Civilian Education and NCOs

By Staff Sgt. Alan J. Brutus

Army University Press

There is a common understanding among current and future NCOs that one way to get an advantage when it comes to promotions is pursuance or possession of a college degree. Aside from being beneficial for promotions, higher levels of civilian education can benefit NCOs through the development of enhanced critical thinking skills and increased job performance. In addition to benefits while serving in the military, Soldiers can also profit from a college education upon completion of their military service by increasing their job prospects and becoming immediately hirable.

Article published on: March 1, 2019