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NCO Journal September 2021 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development

Fostering Disciplined Initiative

By Cpl. Thomas Sarsfield

Implementing changes to NCO professional development curricula and training will allow the U.S. Army to foster a more adaptable force, one requiring less micromanagement to operate effectively. By encouraging and training disciplined initiative in young NCOs, allowing them an opportunity to exercise discretion and initiative to independently make decisions regarding tactical objectives, the U.S. Army will be prepared to win tomorrow’s war regardless of environment or domain.

Article published on: September 24, 2021

Training for the Operational Realm

By Capt. Alexander Saxby

If the SFAB expects to continue advising division-level or higher commands, training must be focused on operational-level external functions at multiple echelons. Only then can advisors truly understand and fully prepare for the scope of the duties entrusted to them and the possible scenarios and obstacles that may arise.

Article published on: September 17, 2021

The Battle of Fallujah: A Reflection on Resilience

By Sgt. Maj. Kyle E. Matus

This is what I want for my young Soldiers now: To know what it’s like to love your squad so much you’d risk your life for them. This is the real meaning of being a Soldier. And this article details the events that allowed me to truly learn that lesson.

Article published on: September 10, 2021

Maximizing Talent by Improving Retirement Options

By Sgt. Maj. Demetris Prewitt

This article suggests updating the Army’s end-of-career talent management models for NCOs so they appeal to potential recruits as well as longtime Soldiers who otherwise may choose working for private sector companies or non-profit organizations that offer more favorable options and benefits.

Article published on: September 2, 2021