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NCO Journal February 2021 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development


The Challenges of Distance Learning

By Sgt. Maj. James L. Campbell Jr.

The U.S. Army is increasingly looking to virtual and distance education to allow NCOs to fulfill their educational requirements. The concern is that there still exists a disparity in graduation rates between resident (on campus) and distance learners.

Article published on: February 26, 2021


Creating Cohesion

By Sgt. 1st Class Hector M. Najera

The TIMS initiative and the strategies covered in this article are not radically new ideas, but rather common sense approaches backed by research and data compiled over the last 30 years: Build cohesive teams, develop trust, treat Soldiers like real people, and train to ensure SHARP processes are understood and implemented.

Article published on: February 19, 2021


Counseling: Blowing Your Stack or Keeping Your Cool

By Staff Sgt. John A. Sigmon

Counseling, properly done, helps eliminate deadwood, encourages the fainthearted, and makes producers out of problem Soldiers.

Article published on: February 12, 2021


Attitude Reflects Leadership: The Role of Emotional Intelligence

By Sgt. Maj. Sean M. Horval

What often separates good leaders from average, or even bad leaders, is their attitude. Since an organization's success or failure depends on the alignment of purpose, direction, and motivation among leaders and followers, leaders must develop positive attitudes in themselves and others to better achieve mission success.

Article published on: February 5, 2021