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NCO Journal July 2021 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development

Using Playing Cards to Teach Unit History and Traditions

By Dr. Hayley Foo (U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences) and Dr. Michelle Wisecarver (Contributor) & Retired Command Sgt. Maj. John P. Pulido(1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment)

Learning unit history is an important part of being a Soldier. It helps keep the memory alive of those who came before and preserves their actions as standards of bravery.

Article published on: July 30, 2021

Unit History: Soldiers’ Perspectives

By Dr. Hayley Foo (U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences) and Dr. Michelle Wisecarver (Contributor)

Whether it’s crossing the frigid waters of the Delaware River on Christmas for a surprise attack, storming the beaches of Normandy, or fighting house to house in the streets of Fallujah, the U.S. military has a rich history of bravery and tradition. It is important for NCOs to understand and appreciate their units’ history in order to instill a sense of pride within the unit.

Article published on: July 26, 2021

Leading Soldiers with ADHD

By Sgt. Maj. Emmanuel A. Emekaekwue

The hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattentiveness symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) could be concerning or even dangerous in a military setting, but addressing the challenges and recognizing the potential can be beneficial to the U.S. Army. Adults with ADHD bring a high degree of creativity and innovation to the workplace due to their tendency to think outside the box.

Article published on: July 16, 2021

Understanding Levels of Command Authority

By Sgt. Maj. Jeremy Crisp

It is important for current and future senior NCOs to understand the levels of command authority, as well as how to build unity of command and unity of effort to quickly and seamlessly create cohesion and mutual trust when working in multi-domain operations as part of a joint force.

Article published on: July 9, 2021

Why We Write

By Sgt. 1st Class Hector M. Najera

The ability to create discussions geared toward progress and efficiency is important, but the ability to shape them into solid arguments and write them down to be shared with others is equally important.

Article published on: July 2, 2021