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NCO Journal April 2024 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development

Aligning Recruiting Standards with Evolving Health Trends

By Master Sgt. Robert E. Eichelberger

Marijuana use or an attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis can impede Army entry. Those policies must change, MSG Robert E. Eichelberger writes. Presenting a nuanced view, he argues that aligning medical fitness standards with societal trends will widen the recruiting pool without sacrificing force quality.

Article published on: April 15, 2024


The Drone Patrol

By Chago Zapata

After a deadly ambush, coin-sized drones investigate – but on the ground, tensions flare. In the first entry in our NCO Creative Domain, Managing Editor Chago Zapata uses fiction to imagine future tech and explore age-old prejudices.

Article published on: April 8, 2024


Promoting Self-Development Through Unit Training

By Sgt. 1st Class Andrew R. Roland

There are many significant assignment opportunities available for both officers and enlisted Soldiers. However, the U.S. Army lacks broadening assignments for NCOs, to develop them as strategic-level thinkers.

Article published on: April 5, 2024