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NCO Journal June 2024 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development

Triage: An Ethical Dilemma

By Master Sgt. Eric W. Pelkey

Your buddy lies bleeding on the battlefield, pleading for help. His chances are slim, while other casualties are less severe. What to do? MSG Eric W. Pelkey explains the importance of knowing how to navigate ethical dilemmas involved in triage.

Article published on: June 28, 2024

Drone Patrol: Part II

By Mad Martigan

Reeling after an ambush, SGT Jeanine Madden leads a demoralized platoon in hostile territory. She finds value in sound advice and simple determination in this follow-up to our short story “The Drone Patrol.”

Article published on: June 27, 2024

Female Senior NCO Presence in the Army

By Command Sgt. Maj. Marisa A. Saucedo

The Army needs more women in senior noncommissioned officer positions, writes CSM Marisa Saucedo. Otherwise, recruitment could suffer, public trust could drop, and original thought at senior levels could stagnate.

Article published on: June 21, 2024


By Chago Zapata, Managing Editor, NCO Journal

The NCO Creative Domain shares its first poem, a reminder to seize the day. NCO Journal Managing Editor Chago Zapata tells readers that while “bullets zip and battle cries, / the warrior spirit will arise.”

Article published on: June 17, 2024

72 Hours

By Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Nelson

It’s a nightmare scenario: An intelligence officer’s warnings fall on deaf ears, and aggressors attack. In the NCO Creative Domain, Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Nelson shares a dark vision of invasion with a shocking final twist.

Article published on: June 14, 2024

COIN Training Institution

By Sgt. Maj. Wilton C. Gleaton

During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, NCOS played a crucial role in counterinsurgency (COIN) operations. The Army must establish a formal COIN training institution, Sgt. Maj. Wilton C. Gleaton writes, so those lessons are not lost.

Article published on: June 10, 2024

Security Force Assistance Brigades

By Sgt. Maj. Dennis R. Cronin

Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFABs) engage with partners and allies to deter adversaries from edging closer to conflict. Read why SGM Dennis R. Cronin sees them as the “catalyst for success in the future of armed conflict.”

Article published on: June 7, 2024