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NCO Journal June 2020 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development


The Importance of Self-Awareness

By Sgt. Maj. Sean M. Horval

Deepening the understanding of one's self and the influence they have on the world around them remains paramount to successful leadership. A self-aware leader not only empowers themselves, but the entire unit as they foster esprit de corps, collaboration, and organizational commitment.

Article published on: June 29, 2020


The Use of Renewable Energy Sources in the Military

By Sgt. Maj. Isaac Migli

A renewable powered military will not only be less vulnerable, but able to sustain operations exponentially longer while also reducing their carbon footprint for future generations.

Article published on: June 26, 2020


Leader Development

By Master Sgt. Garrick Griffin

It is important that, as our military begins to embark on a new era, we continue to grow great leaders. We must develop our junior Soldiers and officers in a manner that will position them and our military for success now and in the future.

Article published on: June 24, 2020


Reinforcing the Pillars: How Organizational Behavior Can Improve the Self-Development Domain

By Sgt. 1st Class Marc A. Lopez

As the Army culture continues to evolve, NCOs must expand their leadership tool kit to usher in a new generation and prepare the “Backbone of the Army” for the future fight.

Article published on: June 22, 2020


Preparing for LSCO and the Future Fight

By Sgt. Maj. Jackson Perry & Master Sgt. Phillip Fenrick

With the U.S. Army's focus on large-scale combat operations (LSCO), every Soldier must be an expert at both their military occupational specialty (MOS) as well as basic Soldier tasks.

Article published on: June 19, 2020


To Post or Not to Post

By Guest Author — Sgt. Maj. Florian Emonet — Swiss Armed Forces

Social media is here to stay, and it’s going to evolve, but with the right training it can be a positive tool for militaries worldwide. Being careful of OPSEC, and receiving proper guidance on ethical posting, could positively boost a military's image, hypothetically leading to increased recruitment numbers.

Article published on: June 12, 2020


This is My Squad

This is My Squad is a leadership philosophy and communication platform to cultivate a culture of care, pride, and ownership in small units across the Total Army. Through this initiative, Soldiers are empowered to incorporate and adapt the Army's best practices into their own squad in order to improve efficiency, unit readiness, and mentor their subordinates for a successful Army career.

Article published on: June 10, 2020


NCO C3: Required Competencies for CTC Success

By Sgt. 1st Class Hector M. Najera & Sgt. 1st Class Brandon T. Williams

Spend time rehearsing appropriate battle drills, invest your free time checking on your Soldiers, and maintain a positive working relationship with your officer counterparts. NCOs are the driving force behind mission accomplishment, and with the proper integration of NCO C3, NCOs will lead their units to success.

Article published on: June 5, 2020