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NCO Journal November 2014 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development

USASMA Begins Work on New Master Leader Course

By Meghan Portillo
NCO Journal

The Army has announced plans to create a new level of the NCO Education System — a new Master Leader Course that will be a branch-immaterial course attended by NCOs after the Senior Leader Course and before the Sergeants Major Course.

Article published on: November 20, 2014


Ammunition Specialists Keep Warriors’ Weapons Stocked

By Jonathan (Jay) Koester
NCO Journal

A U.S. Army unit can have the biggest and baddest guns, grenade launchers and tanks, but without a steady supply of ammunition, all those weapons won’t do Soldiers a bit of good. That’s where the NCOs trained as 89B ammunition specialists come in.

Article published on: November 18, 2014


HRC: New NCOER to ‘Help Shape Army Across the Board’

By Martha C. Koester
NCO Journal

The recent overhaul of the Noncommissioned Officer Evaluation Report will help identify the next leaders of the Army by ensuring that NCOs meet requirements before they are given greater responsibility, said officials at U.S. Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Ky. Ultimately, the new NCOER — which will transition from a one-size-fits-all report to one based on the NCO’s rank — will offer Army officials a better tool in determining which Soldiers to place in key assignments.

Article published on: November 12, 2014


Drill Sergeant and ‘Rising Star’ Winner to Sing at White House

By Army News Service

Sgt. Christiana Ball, the 2013 winner of Operation Rising Star, has been invited to participate in the music annual gala called “In Performance at the White House,” today. The event will be hosted by President Barack Obama and the first lady, Michelle Obama.

Article published on: November 6, 2014


The Next SMA: ‘You Just Have to Work Hard, Take the Hard Jobs and Do the Right Things’

By Michael L. Lewis
NCO Journal

After 25 years as a Soldier and three years as the command sergeant major of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine command, the Army still managed to surprise Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey last month when its chief of staff, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, told Dailey he had been chosen to become the 15th sergeant major of the Army. Dailey’s appointment to replace the office’s incumbent, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, was announced Monday and is expected to take effect at the end of January with Chandler’s retirement.

Article published on: November 4, 2014


Dailey Named to Become 15th Sergeant Major of the Army

By Army News Service

John McHugh, the secretary of the Army, and Gen. Raymond Odierno, the Army chief of staff, announced today that Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey, currently the command sergeant major of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, will become the 15th sergeant major of the Army in January 2015, becoming the public face of the U.S. Army’s NCO Corps.

Article published on: November 3, 2014